Released – April 3rd 2011


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Waterstone’s UK & Ireland, Bookshops in Glastonbury and Avebury and independent bookshops nationwide

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Tilly Greenway and the Secret of the Ancient Keys

Book One: Watchers

by Essi Toling

“Lord of the Rings, Dan Brown and The X-Files all rolled into one. Superb!”



What if magic and myth are true and all that we have been told about the history of the earth is false?
What if there is a sinister shadow government creating war and chaos in an attempt to destroy humanity?
What if there are cosmic cycles that bring truth and lies face to face for one final showdown?

When all these forces collide, Tilly Greenway and her stepbrother Zack find themselves at the centre of a power struggle that reaches back to the dawn of time. What they do next will decide the fate of humanity forever…

“Every so often a book comes along that is truly like nothing you’ve ever read before. It’s weird. It’s brilliant.

I couldn’t put it down.”  Paul Shepherd

The first instalment in an epic fantasy saga


Thanks to all the readers who have sent such wonderful responses to Watchers. There have been so many flooding in over the past few months to both Katy Press and to Essi Tolling that we can only include a sample of them here.

You can read more on amazon or at Thanks again! We love hearing from you all!


Hi, it’s Luca, you met my Mum in Waterstones, Abergavenny. She bought your book for me and you signed it: “Happy 13th Birthday!”. Your book was the largest book I’ve ever read and the fastest I’ve ever read ANYbook! I really enjoyed it, and can’t wait for the next one! It kept me wanting to read more every time, even at the end!

One of my favorite elements of the book is the way you mixed modern day life with mythical legends and history!  I would also like to say that I very much like the idea of have lots of small chapters rather than not so many longer ones. Now, in my opinion, you should stop reading this email, and get back to work!  But really, I can’t wait for the next book!  Best Wishes Luca Davies. (UK)


Dear Essi Tolling, It’s Gráinne here (member me? We met when you came to Schull for the book signing at Whyte Books, and you went into my parents Café). I thought the book was AMAZING!!!!! And I’m not just saying this, I’ve read a lot of good books and you’re book was better than pretty much all of them! That’s a huge compliment because like I said I’ve read a LOT of really good books!!!

I thought the characters were believable, I thought the plot was outstanding….!!!! Where you get the ideas for these books is a mystery to me seeing as I can hardly come with a story after being given the plot!!  I can NOT wait for the next book to be out! And I’ve already recommended your book to like all of the kids in my year, that’s like 50 kids!! Gráinne D (IRELAND)


This is the kind of book you couldn’t put down as Tilly and Zack go on a whirlwind adventure! It’s enchanting, gruesome and breath-taking all rolled into one. I think it could be a bestseller. I 101% recommend it to anyone. Can’t wait til the next one’s out!  Emma, age 12, UK.


Hi, just finished Watchers, incredible! Looking forward to The Hidden Hand! Thank you so much for entertaining me on my Summer Holiday. Claire P (UK)


Just wanted to send a quick message – I am LOVING the book!!! …I haven’t enjoyed a book like this since the Harry Potter series. Blessings to you..and thank you soooo much for this wonderful book. I already can’t wait for the next one and I know I will be keeping and reading them over and over again. Holly A Petersen (USA)


Hi Essi, Sorry I haven’t emailed you in a while it’s been a busy time in school as I’m doing my exams and I’ve also been on Holiday for a few weeks. Thankyou so much for your book it was absolutely brilliant, the mixture of mythical creatures and hi-tech inventions was genius! I can’t wait to read your next book and to find out who controlled…and what’s next for Tilly and Zack! Caitlin H (UK)


Watchers was a breath-taking book to read, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the story because it was adventurous, challenging mind-blowing and magical. I enjoyed the part where Tilly and Zack woke up Tia and where they turned invisible. I really want to read the second one. In fact I want to read the whole series, I can’t wait! 9.99 out of 10.  Miranda, age 11, UK.


I adored your book. Thank you for sharing it with the world. Momma K (USA)


“A wonderful array of characters, both human and not; a quest, a mystery and a great mix of myth, legend and magic bound together in a fascinating story. Tilly Greenway is here to stay!” – John Matthews (author of Pirates and Arthur of Albion)


Have a look at these links, or read on for more great reactions to Watchers – the book that’s fast becoming a best-seller!

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“Be prepared to be spell-bound, mind-jogged and heart-stopped as you follow Tilly Greenway and her half/brother Zack confronting the forces of evil who are trying to tip the balance of the world towards destruction. With ancient Guardians and bejeweled dragons who cast magic with minds that can see far beyond sight, Tilly and Zack lead us into the intimacy of a deeper world than perhaps we have ever known to exist. A book for children of all ages!” Carolyn North, Author, USA.]


At last! Something as good as Harry Potter AND Lord of the Rings! I loved it, thank you for all the wonder and magic, Essi!  Please get the next one out soon!! Rebecca, UK.Superb story! Had me on the edge of my seat! I highly recommend it and can hardly wait for the next one in the series. Carol, UK.


“Tilly Greenway” holds its own with glorious ease in the world of magic and fantasy in this first entry into the public eye. Thank you, for this fragment of the magic.  AB, age 72, Canada.


I finished the book last night and would just like to say AWESOME! I love the ending and the whole book in general especially how you weaved fantasy into the real world.  Justin V, age 13, Canada.


l was walking down Glastonbury high street in my usual daydream, l wasn’t looking in any windows, just heading home. You could say your book jumped out at me !!? Two words screamed at me, Keys/Watchers. l know those words, they mean something to me. So without hesitation l bought the book. The story as l see it is just a story, but l also see much, very much more. I look forward to Book 2.  Tina, UK.


I love Tilly. Your descriptions of time and the cosmos are the best I have ever read. Polly, Australia.


I’ve been meaning to drop you a line for a while as I have finished Tilly. N couldn’t believe how I was so wrapped up in it as I’m not a great reader – and a very slow one too. What a lovely book – how long do we have to wait for the next one please?! MF, UK.


I really enjoyed the book so you had better get the next one out soon!!! All best wishes. Tim, Spain.


I’m happy to report that I had the distinct pleasure of reading Watchers on a recent trip to Panama. I enjoyed the book a great deal. But more than that, it brought me back to areas of inquiry that I had journeyed away from over time. The deviation was warranted, but your book reminded me that I should go back to the beginning from time to time. Thank you.  I especially loved the character Llewellyn and his way of life. There are a lot of very interesting little details in those passages.  I have read a few books of this general type before (a friend is a big fan of them), but yours was far and away superior.  Again, Thank you.  Paul, USA.


Treasure the beauty of your book! It is wonderful, and your command of imagery is superb. When will the second book be ready? Persia, USA.


I am one of your older readers, 64. There is much to praise about Watchers but the most important element is the truth and what you reveal that we know is not fiction at all from … dragons. And speaking of dragons when I was leading a group of Swiss meditation students of mine in 2004 through crop circles we discovered a female dragon in the earth facing the Tor. We made a circle and meditated asking her to awake and arise. Then next day a snake formation appeared and by chance we were the first to arrive.  So reading “your” story brought all of this back to me.  Great job and God Speed. Peter.


Tilly has arrived and I devoured her. This was amongst the several weeks that I was doing my work for my client with the deadline!!! I could not resist her. I very much enjoyed reading her and the adventures. I like the comments on what is going on with media etc. It is so true. I love love and love unicorns and dragons and Llewellyns house. I love your definition of magic – so true. It was also beautiful for me to revisit Avebury and Glastonbury. Avebury is my favourite of the standing stones. It has such a special feel to it and I have seen faces in the stones and felt the energy of the different stones. When is the next one out?  Vicki, Australia.


Really enjoyed the book. Very well done. My wife is currently half way in and also having a good read. Film rights next? Nigel, UK


It is brilliant!!! I will dream of dragons and great Ash trees tonight…….Gaye, USA.


I don’t think I ever thanked some one for a well written novel, but this book deserves a lot more than just thanking for. I’m looking forward for the next series. Thank you for this wonderful story and I hope half of it is untrue, because if it is our world is one hell of a scary place. Mark, USA.

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17 thoughts on “Tilly Greenway series: Book One – Watchers

  1. LOVE THIS!!Its truth, not ficion! look around us…its all happening..SO Essi Tolling THANKYOU !!! this book will help more people wake up!! WHEN will number 2 be ready?

    1. Thanks for your comment Nori. So glad you enjoyed Watchers. Book Two – The Hidden Hand is almost done. We are waiting for the final draft from the author and it will be published in Spring 2013!

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  3. just finished and like Sue couldn’t put it down. Really well written, really easy to read, yet brilliant story line. So much of it is true and not fantasy. Brilliant book – now desperate to read book 2

    1. Thanks Caroline. We love to hear from our readers. It makes our day! Thanks for spreading the word. The next book is even better so don’t worry you won’t have to wait too much longer for the next installment 🙂

  4. Just finished reading this awesome book, it really is quite unlike any other! I love the fact that all the locations are real, and the beautiful respect and love of nature is shared from every page of this atounding author’s work with the reader. The finale at Glastonbury was totally unexpected and hugely satisfying, I can’t wait to see what happens next for Tilly, Zack and the Guardians! 😀

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment on Watchers Stephen. It is a great book and we are very excited about the next book in the series too! Please spread the word. It’s thanks to our readers that the Tilly Greenway series is becoming more and more popular and well known…

    1. Hi David
      Thank you for contacting us.

      We are sorry for the delay but unfortunately our authors also have to work in the real world and work commitments for Essi have been such that we have had to delay publication of book 2.

      However rest assured that we have received a draft and the edit is underway and I can exclusively reveal to you that the first release of Tilly book 2, The Hidden Hand, will be on kindle in April 2015 so that all the readers who have been so patient can access it quickly.

      Thanks again for your interest.

    1. Unfortunately the publication has been delayed due to illness and move of residence on the author’s part.

      The book is almost ready however and we are aiming for a release on kindle in December this year and a print version in 2016.

      We are really sorry for the inconvenience caused by the delay but we hope that Book 2 will be worth the wait and the author has promised that Book 3 will follow very quickly as he is working on both at the same time.

      Best regards

      Katy Press

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