Welcome to Sara Douglass Worlds

Welcome to SaraDouglassWorlds.com, the new cyber home of the extraordinary writer, Sara Douglass, originally located at SaraDouglass.com. Many of you will know (and I apologise in advance to those of you who are about to learn this) that on the 27 September 2011, Sara died of ovarian cancer after a long and extremely painful struggle. After her death, I was told that she had entrusted her literary estate and creative legacy to me.

sara-karen-in-nonsuch-gardensAllow me to introduce myself, my name is Karen Brooks and I was Sara’s friend for over twenty years – a writer and academic like Sara who was not only my beloved friend, but mentor and inspiration as well. Along with my husband, Stephen, I was Sara’s primary carer for the last nine months of her life. The best and worst thing I’ve ever done…

Humbled, privileged beyond words with Sara’s amazing gift, it has taken almost three years to resurrect her website after it became swallowed by red tape, ridiculous legalities and what appears to be a great deal of ineptitude on the part of various domain providers and hosts. Not even lawyers’ letters and emails, threats and promises could restore what was now rightfully mine – this precious legacy I’d been given. I despaired – I really did. But, just when all seemed lost, a woman named Gina (and new fan of Sara’s) swooped into my life and accomplished what I begun to think impossible. Due to her perseverance, incredible contacts, energy and knowledge (as well the generosity and support of my own website host and designer, Oliver from MediaBox), we now have saradouglassworlds.com and nonsuchkitchengardens.com to enjoy.

Thank you Gina. I cannot recommend this lady highly enough.

While I’ve made the decision to maintain nonsuchkitchengardens as a memorial site, this one is different in that not only does it contain some material you may not have seen before, I will be posting updates when relevant and invite you, Sara’s fans, to post your views and share your insights and pleasure in her work with each other. If you have anything you’d really like to know or see, please feel free to ask – though, be warned, asking doesn’t always guarantee the answer you might like 😉

I have also duplicated some material across both the Nonsuch site and this one as some things are too important not to – such as Sara’s Silence of the Dying blog post.

I hope you enjoy the SaraDouglassWorlds.com as much as Gina and I have enjoyed bringing it back. For those of you who knew Sara and her wonderful imagination, it’s a bitter-sweet experience revisiting your favourite places and characters, I know; for those of you who have only just stumbled upon her work, I envy your voyage of discovery.

Whoever you are, old fan or new, you are a friend and I warmly welcome you to the worlds of the wonderful Sara Douglass. May you soar with the stars.

Karen Brooks
8th April 2014
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

29 thoughts on “Welcome to Sara Douglass Worlds

  1. Diane Lambropoulos says:

    Thank you Karen, you and Sara are amazing souls.

  2. B says:

    Thanks so much for doing this.

  3. Trisha says:

    I found Sara’s books at the library years ago. I hadn’t heard of her before.
    I was hooked, I couldn’t put them down. I started with the Troy Game and went from there, looking up other books at the library.
    I was so sorry to hear of her illness and passing. You are a wonderful friend and I am so sorry for your loss.
    Thank you for putting this site together.
    Trisha Downes
    New York, NY

  4. Karen says:

    It’s been a labour of absolute love. So glad you like it. x

  5. Joy says:

    Thank you so much for all your work in bringing this & the Nonsuch Garden site back for us Karen & Gina. You have done Sara proud.

  6. Debbie says:

    Im so saddened to hear of Sara’s passing. Having lost my daughter 9 months ago. She helped me hide into a fantasy world while my reality was not very good. I came to the site to see what other books she may have written lately. And was so shocked to hear another amazing soul has gone too soon.

    R.I.P Sara gone but never ever forgotten.


  7. Karen says:

    Hi Debbie. I am so, so sorry to learn about your daughter. How utterly awful. Sara’s books offered solace to so many (myself included) and I am glad you were able to find something as well through what must have been such dark times. I am sending you love and strength. Karen x

  8. Karen says:

    Thanks Joy – it’s been a wonderful and very sad thing to do. Gina and I so appreciate how much everyone seems to be loving seeing and interacting with Sara in cyberspace again. Karen x

  9. Jo-Anne Romaior says:

    Hi Karen, You are one special friend, who Sara always spoke so highly of, I got to know only a little about Sara, not so much through her books but for the benefit of my partner Phillip Warneke, and his Daughters Renea and Bianca, having some one in your family that’s a author like Sara is pretty special , so I started to gather information on Sara for them, In doing so , I found her love and great passion for her garden and Nonsuch, and so pleased about the video that Sara made, always meaning to read her books, but haven’t as yet, though looking forward to it.
    I loved her web sight, seeing her bring Nonsuch to life again , just beautiful , there just looked like Sara had put so much love and nurturing into it , I mean who plant’s 20,000 something bulbs ?
    Sara was so lucky to have friends who cared so much for her and her beloved cats , I know how devastating it is when you loose one of your best friends, but in you, Sara lives on. Thank you for having this sight in her memory. Jo x

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Jo-Anne,
    Thanks so much for your kind words and I am so happy that you and your family have been able to get so much pleasure out of Sara’s websites (before and now) and the videos. The family connection is lovely as well. The gardens Sara created both at Ashcotte and Nonsuch were just beautiful – quite ethereal and they were spaces she created from nothing and, I think, with such vision. Thanks again for what you said, means a great deal. Warmest wishes, Karen x

  11. Megan says:

    Good evening,

    Since Sarah has passed, I periodically will check her name on an Internet search. Because it seemed incredible to me that this author who would touch so many lives, and had touched my life with her amazing skill and worlds she opened, was just gone.

  12. Megan says:

    It must have accidentally hit sent. As I was not quite finished 🙂

    Thank you, thank you for all the hard work it must of been in creating this website. Now Sara’s characters can live on in her written work, and her legacy can live on through this website.

    Warmest regards, Meggan

  13. Emma says:

    Hello Karen,
    Thank you so much for bringing back Sara’s web pages. Just as many fans, I occasionally searched the internet in hopes the site has been reactivated. How grateful am I for your hard work and care.
    In 2001 I happened upon a copy of The Wayfarer Redemption, picked it up and never looked back. Sara became one of my favorite authors and 2 of my friends also took to her work as fish to water.
    It was sad to hear of her passing and hard to believe her web page gone for good. From time to time I would check if the web site has been reactivated and am so glad to stumble across it today that I must drop a note of thanks.
    Thank you so much for unfailingly working on bringing Sara’s characters and worlds back to her past, present, and future fans.
    Kindest of regards,

  14. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Emma. I have to say, I feel so heartened to know how many lives she and her work touched and though it is hard to fathom there will be no more work by Sara, I love returning to her books and enjoying them all over again and marvelling anew at her imagination… Thanks, Emma. You take care. Karen x

  15. Janenne says:

    Dear Karen the first of Sara’s books that I read was Threshold and the dedication started “this book is for Karen Brooks” I loved that book and immediately raced out to by the first of the axis trilogy. I waited painfully/patiently as each of Sara’s books were published but always came back to reread again and again my favourite – threshold. Over the years it was lent out many times and finally one time was not returned.
    Un beknowst to me however for our 25th wedding anniversary my husband had found a paperback copy and had it beautifully bound for me. And inside it had a very special dedication. I was thinking of Sara today and found your page. Think you for being a special friend to a special lady. Janenne

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Janenne, That’s a lovely thing your husband did – what a beautiful gift. Threshold is still one of my favourite of Sara’s books (and not simply because she dedicated it to me). I loved the world and characters and was so glad when she revisited it again the Darkglass Mountain series. Thanks for writing, take care and happy reading! Love, Karen

  17. David says:

    I’ve been a fantasy / science fiction fan for most of my life, and Sara Douglass was always on my “to read some day” list; browsing the shelves at my local library I finally with “The Serpent Bride”, am motoring through the second book, and in the process of looking up the third in the on-line catalog was surprised to see a final year under her name, 1957-2011; I hadn’t realised she’d died from cancer at such a relatively young age, sadly aligning with one of my two all time favourite authors in Roger Zelazny – her style in these books reminded me a lot of his, where the characters have a deep and rich history apart from the window you get to see during the course of the series. I look forward to seeing what else came out her wonderful imagination: thanks!

  18. Karen says:

    Hi David, I will look forward to finding out what you think of her other books. While I really do love them all, I simply adored Threshold and Devil’s Diadem, but Battelaxe, the book that started it all, also holds a dear place in my heart. I had cause to reread it again a few weeks ago and was once more blown away by the scope of her imagination and, as you so astutely note, the way in which her characters have such reich and varied histories – even the secondary one. Thanks for you lovely post. Warmest wishes, Karen.

  19. Elle says:

    Hi Karen,
    I just wanted to say how happy it makes me to visit this site. I’ve been thinking about Sara a lot lately — I recently graduated university (something I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d do) with a degree in history. And it’s all thanks to Sara’s unique, deliciously twisted version of history. Like so many others have said, her books were there for me during rough times in my life. She gave a quiet, awkward teenage girl a place to curl up and escape the world for a while. Her characters became my friends and confidants. I was devastated when she passed despite never having talked to her and that speaks volumes of the impact she had on my life. She gave me comfort and a direction and a passion. I could never thank her enough for that and I’m so glad to see her legacy continue.
    Best wishes and hugs.

  20. David says:

    Uh oh – those names sound familiar! I’ve just realised that I’ve read the follow up trilogy before the first one, which explains why the characters have so much history! 😛 Now I have to decide whether I should go back and read those books now…

  21. Karen says:

    Elle, what a lovely post. I know that you mean about Sara’s books offering solace and escape. They did that for me too – and still do. I was talking about her today with an old mutual friend and it was lovely to not only share memories of Sara, but the impact the books had on our lives. Thanks so much for your kind words. Good luck with your future and congratulations on graduation! Wamrest wishes, Karen x

  22. Karen says:

    David!!! Read them. You won’t be disappointed and it will give you the layers that will make reading the trilogy an even richer experience. Though, reading the books out of order is still fun too and takes away very little really! Karen 🙂

  23. Heather says:

    I did not know she had passed until I googled her just now. What amazing author – my favorite ever!! Truly an incredible writer.

  24. Sara's Worlds says:

    It’s really sad and sometimes a shock to discover a writer you loved has died – especially when they died so young. She was an incredible writer and I am so glad we have her books to turn to and reread and receive at least a little solace. Warmest wishes, Karen 🙂

  25. Cindy says:

    I was absolutely hooked upon reading The Wayfarer Redemption for the first time, (I have re-read it many many times) in 2006 and have read all of the books in this series, (again, many, many times). I enjoyed all the characters and was so engrossed that I found my self crying my eyes out on some the more heart wrenching story lines. Ms Douglass made me feel every emotion under the sun and I will never ever forget her!

  26. Sara's Worlds says:

    Hi Cindy, Sara sure had a knack for plucking at emotions, didn’t she? Like you, I cried over her books (and winced, gasped, laughed – she was very funny at times) and went on a roller coaster with every single one. We’re just so lucky that every time we pick up (or reread) one of her books, we get to go on the same journey and imagine she is with us still – well, she is in a way, isn’t she? Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts. Karen 🙂

  27. April says:

    I came across some of the Wayfarer Redemption books in a second hand store in my home of Vancouver, B.C. Canada. I had not heard of Sara before, but the books looked like a good read. I decided to put the set together before reading them. It took me awhile to track them all down. I even ordered one from a bookstore in Ireland. To make things more confusing, the books were issued in two different series at one point; with duplicate numbers (Book 1, 2, etc.); so I had two copies of the same book for a time. I now have the entire set and have read up to the 5th book; Pilgrim. I am glad that I have them all and can read through one after another, but I am sad that Sara is gone. She had a very creative mind and the books have kept me reading at all hours of the day and night. She was very close to my age, which makes me count my blessings everytime I think of her. I keep turning to the picture at the back of the books as I read and saying: “I am so sorry that you are dead. This is such a good book and I wish that I could tell you how much I am enjoying the read.” I will be passing the books on to my husband and son to read, and they will enjoy these books as much as I have done. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find her, and yet she was gone before I even discovered her. That makes me sad.

  28. Sara's Worlds says:

    I am so glad you are enjoying the books, but share your sadness. It is especially hard when it is someone you’ve just discovered, whose writing is so exciting and alive as well. Keep enjoying them. I envy you that there are so many more of Sara’s books, worlds and characters to discover and plunge into. Take care. Thanks so much for sharing. Karen x

  29. steve says:

    I only discovered Sara’s books two years ago, only had four, just bought battleaxe,, was so impressed I thought I would look her up, being from south tas myself. Was such a shock to learn of her illness and death, a tragedy for us all.

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