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Kit William’s Masquerade in the late 1970’s was the first ‘armchair treasure hunt’ book; where readers find clues in order to track down real treasure somewhere in the UK. Since then there have been a handful more, leading intrepid and dedicated hunters down a rabbit hole of questions and possible answers.
The Hidden Sun takes the concept further – the readers have to actually locate permanent objects around the Banburyshire area, in order to piece together the final clues, either on the ground or in the book. The winner will receive an ornament made of gold, silver and gems worth thousands of pounds. The aim is to take people on a journey of discovery around the rolling countryside, villages and towns of Banburyshire, whilst also providing a poetic and enigmatic story embellished with puzzles.
For the book Firesnake Design created detailed digital illustrations with accompanying verse, a mythical story and a central puzzle that holds the keys to the treasure. It is a very complex process that involves a huge amount of research, the fine checking of details and bringing together many intricate strands into a cohesive whole.