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Thank You.

This book is for Kris Wilcox for the deepest friendship I think I have ever known. Child of the Portal would never have happened without you, the whole series would never have been begun without you and your mad dare. Thank you for believing, for encouraging, for being you.

This is for Mandie Wright and Jo Tubb, who have always been closer than I think, turn a corner and there they are, waiting and supporting like no time has passed at all. Mandie and Jo, you know what brought us round that corner and into each others lives after too long a break, and while I wish it could have happened another way, I'm still glad I have you both closer again.

Thanks to Kerry, who provided the spark that became Gentian, without whom the closure and healing in this part of the series would not have been possible. Your friendship and support means a lot. Thank you.

Huge gratitude also goes to those who've helped with editing, proof reading, comma spotting and spelling error finding. Mel H, Heather, Alison, Kirsty, Debbie... Also to Mel Comley, an accomplished writer, whose nit picking pushed me further than ever before. Thank you all so much, these books wouldn't look the same without you.

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