Imagine a world where those born with a disability or a chronic illness are also given a gift – the gift of magic. The greater the Price, the greater the power. And how can the most powerful mage of all save magic itself when her Price is clinical depression? It’s up to young Pip to find the answer – before it’s too late.
Fun Fact: This is easily my most personal work to date. I have Asperger’s Syndrome and have had issues with anxiety, and I sometimes feel that these are the price I must pay to be the artist I am… such as I am. In fact I came up with the idea while sitting in a counselor’s waiting room, having arrived for yet another therapy session.
Ambit Afterman is the Chosen One. Born with the mark of the silver bellflower on his hand, it is his destiny to defeat the nine demon lords with his magical spear, and drive their kind out of the Land of Flowers forever.
Unfortunately, Ambit would really prefer to spend his time drinking beer and getting laid – the prophecy can go f*ck itself.
Together with his demon friend Snarl, Ambit sets out on an epic quest – to make sure that the prophecy doesn’t come true. Along the way he will avoid fighting demons, make no inspiring speeches, not train with the wise order of warrior monks, and possibly have cheap sex with the beautiful princess.
Broken Prophecy – possibly the only book in history in which a major plot point was decided upon by the author flipping a coin, and which is not the first installment of a trilogy. Probably. If it makes enough money I might change my mind.
Wendland is a land of dragons, and of magic. The mysterious Drachengott grants magic to his worshippers – but is he truly a god? Rutger von Gothendorf is only a simple furrier, but he has become his village’s local eccentric, thanks to his obsession with the murder of his brother by the Drachengott’s servants. He holds onto the vague hope that he will one day have the chance to fight back against them – until one day a mysterious and beautiful woman named Swanhild comes into his life. Rutger is instantly smitten – but Swanhild knows more than she says, and a web of lies and deceit threatens to sour the love beginning to grow between them.
And all the while, the Drachengott waits…
The Drachengott: Earth
The Drachengott: Fire
The Drachengott: Water
A volume of short stories from the world of The Fallen Moon and Risen Sun, with a guidebook to Cymria and illustrations created especially. Unfortunately it has now been withdrawn from sale as the publisher has closed its doors. A new link will be placed here once a new home has been for it.
The Shadow’s Heart is the final installment of the second trilogy. The Australian edition is currently available, and the US edition is due to follow in January 2015.
Fight against monsters and you may become a monster yourself…
Laela Taranisaii, Queen of the North, is surrounded by enemies. Her cousin Caedmon claims the throne for himself, and his mother Saeddryn now wields the power of the deadly Shadow That Walks. Controlled by the cruel Night God, she plans to murder Laela and everyone who dares to stand against her. But Laela’s brother, the shapeshifter Kullervo, has travelled East to Amoran in the hopes of finding a way to defeat the murderous immortal with the help of the scholarly Prince Akhane. And in the freezing prison of the void where the Night God dwells, someone else watches, and makes silent plans of his own…
Fun Facts: This book was originally titled The Setting Sun. The character of Heath is named after author Jack Heath, who likes to boast about his gift for creative lying!
The Shadowed Throne is the second instalment in the Risen Sun trilogy. The American and Australian editions are now available.
No mortal can stand against a god and live…
Laela Taranisaii, half-breed daughter of Arenadd, is now Queen of the North. Her father Arenadd and the dark griffin Skandar have both vanished, leaving Laela and her partner Oeka to rule in their place. The Northerners blame Laela for Arenadd’s disappearance, but she knows the truth. With her cousin Saeddryn poised to rebel, Laela is in terrible danger – but not from ordinary human beings. The cruel Night God is determined to see Laela dead, and no-one has ever stood against the god of death and lived.
But then someone new comes into Laela’s life: the mysterious, gentle shapeshifter Kullervo. Kullervo claims to have come to help her, but only he knows the truth about his intentions. And without people to trust, Laela is doomed…
Fun Facts: This book was originally titled The Reigning Sun. Kullervo, meanwhile, is named after a mythological character who was also unloved from birth.
The Shadow’s Heir is the first book of the Risen Sun trilogy, which follows on from The Fallen Moon. The Australian edition is currently available; the US edition is scheduled for release in January 2013.
To stop him, you must find his heart. His black, dead heart.
Laela Redguard is a half-breed Northerner raised in the South. Rude, crude and tough, Laela travels North in the hopes of finding a place in the world, but by now the North is a place where Southerners and half-breeds cannot hope to survive for long.
But then Laela makes a new friend. A mysterious friend. A dangerous friend. A friend who can give her a place in the world – but that place may come at a higher price than anyone suspected.
Fun Fact: The working title for this book was The Risen Sun, but it was changed because it was the same as the title for the trilogy it belongs to.
The Shadow’s Heir is currently available in bookshops in Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada but you can also buy it online from Dymocks, or as an e-book from Kobo or Amazon. The American edition is also available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
The Griffin’s War is the third and final instalment of the Fallen Moon trilogy.
There is no Arren, Arren is dead. And war is coming.
Arenadd TaranisĂ¤ii, formerly known as Arren Cardockson, has come to the North, where the Southerners rule and his race are second-class citizens in their own land. But now everything is about to change. Rebellion is in the air. Together with his partner, the dark griffin Skandar, Arenadd promises his allegiance to the savage Night God and prepares to lead his people to freedom – no matter what the cost.
But meanwhile his archenemy Erian, bastard son of the murdered Lord Rannagon, sets out on a journey of his own – to find a sacred weapon that can kill Arenadd, the man without a heart.
Fun Fact: This working title for this book was The Shadow That Walks. It was changed because it was too long and the publisher wanted all three titles to “match” by sharing a single word.
The Griffin’s Flight is the second book of the Fallen Moon trilogy.
A man with no soul has nothing left to lose.
Arren Cardockson is dead. But something won’t let him rest. Resurrected by dark magic, Arren has no heartbeat, no home and no friends. Hated and hunted, his only companion is Skandar, the giant, maneating black griffin. And now a dark power lives inside him, driving him to acts of murder and cruelty.
Together, he and Skandar flee Northwards in the hopes of finding a place to hide from their enemies, and a cure for the curse that has Arren in its grip. And all the while, the god of death watches…
Fun Fact: This book was originally titled The Man Without a Heart. It was changed for being too long.
The Dark Griffin is the first instalment in the Fallen Moon trilogy, and the first book for adults I ever published.
Darkness cannot be caged.
In the land of Cymria, humans and griffins rule side by side. Arren Cardockson is a Northerner, a member of a race that was conquered and enslaved centuries ago. By freak chance he became a griffiner, chosen by a griffin to live beside her and work alongside her to gain power and privilege. But Arren and his partner Eluna live surrounded by those who hate and fear them, and their dreams of grandeur will only lead to betrayal and death. And meanwhile, out in the wildnerness, a savage black griffin with no name hunts for something he cannot name – something that will bring himself and Arren together. But when they meet, only disaster can follow.
The Dark Griffin is a story of prejudice, hatred and revenge. Not the story of a hero, but of a villain.
It is currently available in bookshops in Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada, but you can buy it online as well, from Dymocks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or as an e-book from Kobo . And you can get the Czech edition here.
The Southern Star trilogy
Guards stay at their posts, and die to defend their citiesâ€¦
Southerner Sergeant Kearney â€śRedâ€ť Redguard is the last of a disgraced family, and a loyal guardsman. And with a murderer stalking the streets, the city guard is his cityâ€™s best defense.
But in the North, King Caedmon TaranisĂ¤ii is gathering his army, and the cruel Night God prepares for the downfall of the South. A new dark griffin roams the land, warning of the war to come.
Betrayed and sent on the run, Red must fight to save his homeland.
But it may already be too lateâ€¦
Fun facts: Kearney is an Irish name which means “a gentle warrior”. I really liked the character of Bran Redguard and wished I had given him more to do, but then I wondered – well maybe there are other Redguards out there.
This Book Is Currently Unavailable.
–The Silent Guard-
–The Cursed Guard-
The Land of Bad Fantasy, my very first novel, published when I was just 20 years old. LoBF is, as of this writing, my only published work for children.
Dragons, wizards, trolls and kings – like, whatever dude.
This is a parody of every fantasy story you’ve ever read. In a world where travelling to other worlds is a way of life, cynical teenager Ana Beachcombe doesn’t even blink when a magical medallion mysteriously appears on top of her homework. But when the cool kids get to go to worlds where adventures with talking lions and magical aliens await, Ana gets a cheap, nasty transport medallion which lands her in a cheap, nasty universe. That universe is Syndup – the Land of Bad Fantasy.
Sadly LoBF is now out of print in Australia, but it’s still available in New Zealand and can be found on Amazon!
Written but not currently published or under contract
Note: All titles listed here are working titles, and may be changed before the book is published.
The Eastern Horizon trilogy
–The Serpent’s Skull-
–The Serpent’s Coils–
–The Serpent’s Bite-
The Falling Sky trilogy
-The Burning Death-
-The Shadow’s War-
-The Darkest Hour-
The Coming Dawn trilogy
-The Darkening Sky-
-The Breaking Storm-
-The Touch of Light-