A Darkness of Dragons

All the ingredients of a perfect fantasy: adventure, magic, unusual heroes and of course…dragons

Kieran Larwood, author of The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

A dragon-shaped retelling of the darkest legend of them all!

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 only he knows a deadly truth: the evil Piper of Hamelyn is on the loose.

So it’s up to Patch ⁠— with the help of Wren, a girl cursed to live as a rat, and Barver, a fire-breathing dracogriff ⁠— to stop the Piper of Hamelyn unleashing the catastrophic End of the Skies.

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

Perfect for fans of The Hobbit and Terry Pratchett ⁠— A Darkness of Dragons if the first fiery tale in Songs of Magic, an epic fantasy series inspired by The Pied Piper of Hamelyn.


The author slowly gives you clues

Throughout the book, the author slowly gives you clues about the plot so you are constantly trying to solve it. The clues stick in your head even when you are not reading.

Allegra, Kent

A fun and witty adventure

A fun and witty adventure based on an English folk tale.  It brings fantasy to life and you really feel as though you are there.

Mia, West Sussex

Adventure, mystery, fiction

This book has adventure, mystery and fiction.  The book made me feel lots of emotions.

Danielle, London

I was drawn in from the beginning

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I was drawn in from the beginning.  I want to read more by this author!

Beulah, London

A story about trust

People didn't trust him but then he found a friend.

Simi, London

It make me feel like I was there

I really enjoyed reading this adventure book.  It make me feel like I was there with the characters.  I really wanted to read more.

Gina, London

Lots of ups and downs

There are lots of ups and downs in this book, and every time I turned a page, I was so excited to see what came next.

Amber-Lily, Sussex

The clues stick in your head

The clues stick in your head even when you're not reading the book, constantly urging you to carry on reading.

Allegra, Kent

About The Author

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.