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The Rogues Trilogy #1

Accidental Heroes

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Shortlisted for the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fantasy
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Longlisted CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers 2018

In the city of Berren, strange things happen. People disappear, trees sprout overnight. But no one believes in magic. No, to believe in magic would be disloyal…

The devious Lord Rump and his granddaughter, Duckling, need a disposable boy, and Pummel, a farm boy looking for work in the city, fits the bill perfectly. Duckling is happy to tangle him in her grandpa’s web, as long as Grandpa keeps his promise – that this is his very last Scheme.

Lord Rump’s machinations take both children into the Strong-hold of Berren – where time has stopped and no one can leave – and before long they are entwined in a plot to kill the heir to the Faithful Throne.

If they want to protect the Young Margrave, and save themselves from an awful death, Duckling and Pummel must learn to use the magic that no one else believes in.

'The first in a new series by the bestselling author of ‘The Keepers’ series, this book has all the key ingredients of another spellbinding adventure … a wonderfully gripping tale with believable characters and interesting, if not subtle, twists. Be warned: it is not for the very young or faint-hearted. There are some truly terrifying scenes of the Wild Hunt and not a small amount of bloodthirstiness.'

Helene Ephraim, Australian Bookseller & Publisher, 2017

The Rogues #2

Secret Guardians

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fantasy

Duckling and Pummel are trying to take the Young Margrave to a place of safety, far away from the dreadful Harshman. But they have enemies they don’t know about, and all too soon they find themselves captured and taken to the salt mines, where slaves work night and day until they die.

Their witchery should save them – but their witchery has gone, vanished. How will they get it back? Is the girl Sooli their friend or their enemy? And why is Otte’s chicken behaving so strangely?

Allen & Unwin

The Rogues #3

Haunted Warriors

The Harshman brought his fist down on the arm of the Faithful Throne, and roared to the sleeping people, ‘I … Am … Margrave … Now.’

Having escaped the salt mines, Duckling, Pummel, Sooli and Otte return to the Strong-hold to find out who is responsible for raising the murderous Harshman. But with Grafine von Eisen ruling as Regent, all that awaits them is the dungeon and the executioner’s axe.

The children must hide in the Strong-hold’s stone walls, while Sooli walks the path of death, searching desperately for clues. And when the Harshman arrives, turning friends and allies against each other, time is running out.

With no one on their side but a cat, a ghost, and a chicken who has forgotten her true identity, the children must use all their wits – and all their magic – to defeat the Harshman before he becomes unstoppable.

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