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Spotlight on: A Darkness of Dragons

Waterstones Children's Book of the Month

Three accidental heroes versus one legendary villain... 

A Darkness of Dragons by S.A. Patrick is a magical fantasy quest inspired by the Pied Piper of Hamlin – and was selected as Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for November 2018.

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.

Listen to the Songs of Magic, original music for three recorders made up of the Songs of Friendship, Magic and Courage composed by Anthony Marks.

Meet the characters

Patch from A Darkness of Dragons

Patch is a thirteen-year-old and very talented Piper. He’s thrown into jail for playing a forbidden song. He’s an idealist who wants to make the world a better place. Now on the run he inspires loyalty from his two friends and, swept up in a story not of his own making, he’s determined to seek out truth and justice.

Wren from A Darkness of Dragons

Wren is a thirteen-year-old girl who has been turned into a rat by a sorcerer. She’s searching for a cure so she can become human again. Patch teaches her sign language so they can communicate with each other. She’s clever, funny, resourceful, stubborn and ambitious.

Barver from A Darkness of Dragons

Barver is a dracogriff – a cross between a dragon and a griffin. Barver appears to be frightening. He’s battle hardened, full of strength and fortitude and considers himself to be an outsider because he’s neither one creature nor the other. But he’s loyal, caring, brave, generous and kind.

S.A. Patrick, author of A Darkness of Dragons

S.A. Patrick

S.A. Patrick was born in Belfast. When he was a child, he wanted to write video games, become an author, and have magical powers. The first two came true.

If he ever does get magical powers, he hopes people like dragons and griffins because there’ll suddenly be a lot of them around. A Darkness of Dragons is his first book for children.

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