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In a world of dragons, song spells, pipers and battles...

Patch Brightwater is a boy in disgrace. Thrown in jail for playing a forbidden spell, he is no one's idea of a hero. But then he discovers a deadly truth – the evil Piper of Hamelyn is on the loose.

With the help of Wren, a girl cursed to live as a rat, and Barver, a fire-breathing dracogriff, Patch must stop the Piper sparking the biggest battle of them all.

Three accidental heroes versus one legendary villain... an epic adventure is born.

Book information

Age
9+
BIC CBMC
D3N79
Paperback
ISBN: 9781474945677
Extent: 198 x 130mm
Dimensions: 416 pages

Author information

S.A. Patrick

S.A. Patrick studied Mathematics at Cambridge before beginning a career in programming within the gaming industry; Songs of Magic: A Darkness of Dragons is his first novel for children. He has previously written books for adults including The Reviver supernatural thriller trilogy and the novelization of cult TV show The Returned (published by Pan Macmillan).

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“A Darkness of Dragons”
This is a brilliant fantasy booked based around the story of the Pied Piper Of Hamelin. The characters are really well described, Barver is my favourite character, he is really funny, yet managed to never did even though he is in situations where he should! The story is full of adventure to try and stop the evil Piper, easy to read as you really get into the story!
“A Darkness of Dragons”
My creative daughter was deeply immersive in this magical book. If you like Terry Pratchett The Amazing Educated Rodents this book is for you, My daughter loved reading both books. I recommend this book for age 9+
“A Darkness of Dragons”
This is both a beautifully written and very engaging fantasy tale. It has all the elements needed to capture the imagination of today’s children: magic, dragons, spells, fantasy world and delightful characters. It is has adventure and excitement in spades and will, I am sure, engage even the most reluctant readers. I intend to use it with my dyslexic students as an incentive to encourage them to enjoy reading for pleasure and escapism. I am already looking forward to the sequel.
“A Darkness of Dragons”
This book is full of adventure, mystery and fantasy as it is set in a magical world. A kind of sequel to The Pied Piper of Hamelyn, I recommend this book to brave readers of 8+. I can't wait for the next book to come out in 2019.
“A Darkness of Dragons”
This book had me gripped from start to finish. The story has a magical and exciting vibe with the author hooking you in so that you can't wait for what's coming next. Following the main character Patch, a disgraced Piper and his friend Wren, a rat, who together seek to find the truth about the Piper of Hamelyn. Will definitely look out for more offerings from S. A Patrick.
“A Darkness of Dragons”
This is a brilliant fantasy adventure story to introduce children to the genre. It mixes mythical creatures, magic with a well known fairytale that creates a really interesting story with lots of twists and turns along the way. Brilliant for children who like Harry Potter or the Hobbit. We can't wait for the next installment to come out.
“A Darkness of Dragons”
This book was inspired by The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and provides an excellent twist to this tale. I love the adventurous nature of this book and the language used to create the scenes is just brilliant. There is done interesting language within the book which provides opportunities for great discussions, as well as enhancing vocabularies. Such an imaginative story which you really can get lost within. I didn't want to put it down, such a gripping book. I don't want to give away too much about the plot and spoil it but I definitely recommend giving it a go!

Press reviews

“this stunning book reminds us of the soaring joy of adventure, the captivating danger of magic, and of the delight of finding friends in unexpected places.”
“an immersive magical world that will thrill its audience with its action-filled fantasy plot, its dark magic and its homage to the power of music.”
“A Darkness of Dragons is sheer brilliance in children’s fiction. I have not been this excited about a children’s series of books since a pubescent wizard called Harry Potter first leapt onto the scene. S.A. Patrick’s storytelling knows no bounds and is masterfully executed and Patrick builds a quite brilliant original tale whilst also creating an unforgettable magical world for his readers to escape into.”
“A Darkness of Dragons creates an exciting imaginary world that will leave children eager to get their hands on forthcoming sequels.”
“this could turn out to be a fantastically popular new series. [...] S.A. Patrick has adapted the traditional fairy tale to create a fearsome character and then filled the plot with action, suspense and magic from start to finish.”
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