The Dragon Defenders is #1!

OK, so it's not a real gold medal. It may have been borrowed for the occasion.

But it is official.

The Dragon Defenders is the top-selling children's novel by a Kiwi author, according to the Neilson Bestsellers List.

To say we're chuffed is an understatement.

When you write a book, commission some incredible illustrations and animations, make the decision to self-publish it, and instruct your printer to produce 5000 copies, it's nerve-wracking in the extreme. But when the copies are leaving the distribution centre (aka the garage) and being enjoyed by children around the country, it's unbelieveably satisfying.

And to reach number one is a dream.

Thanks to all who have read The Dragon Hunters, The Dragon Tamers and The Dragon Riders, and have now gone on to buy The Dragon Defenders. FYI - I'm working hard on the second novel in the series, which I hope to have out by late October 2017.

If you'd like to read an extract from the book, click here, and if you'd like to buy a copy, click here for a freight-free copy to be posted to your door, or visit any book store.

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Louise Ward

Wardini Books and RNZ critic

"The plot is thrilling, the setting at once idyllic and dangerous. Readers will be inspired to leave their devices and see what they can see from the top of a tree, to go outside, look for dragons, and have adventures as breathtaking as Paddy, Flynn and Briar."

Adele Broadbent

"Part 3 in this heart-pounding adventure is sure to please Dragon Defenders fans. An Unfamiliar Place pounds the young brothers with new challenges, but with their feathered accomplice (Lightning the falcon) along for the ride, they battle through and never give up! The story stands on its own but the digital side of this great Kiwi series is a wonderful bonus. Loved it!"

Charlotte McKay

Judge, NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

"Told at a rip-roaring pace with feats of incredible daring, masterful guile, and heart-stopping action. This is the book the fans have been waiting for!"

Eileen Merriman

award-winning author of A Trio of Sophies and Pieces of You

"A fast-paced action adventure that will have readers hanging on until the last page."

Tom E. Moffatt

award-winning author of Barking Mad and Mind-Swapping Madness

"An earth-shattering adventure of seismic proportions. You might need to feign sickness so you can finish it in one sitting."

Jenna Todd

NZ Book Awards Judge, Time Out Books manager

"I had so much fun reading this. It’s a rollicking adventure with a loveable cast of brave heroes."
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