James's blog

  • Dragon Hatchery

    Dragon Hatchery

    I snuck out of the house this morning just as the sun was coming up to get some photos of the dragon's eggs in their hatchery on Mother's Knee Hill! 
  • James and Link

    James and Link

    A celebratory cup of tea on the publication of The Dragon Hunters. With thanks to Ted Baghurst for his photography. 
  • The Great Dragon Egg Hunt

    The Great Dragon Egg Hunt

    We were trying to figure out the best way to launch The Dragon Hunters when we came up with a Dragon Egg Hunt - children searching the tops of Auckland's volcanic cones for a giant sparkling egg! So that's what we did - ten eggs stashed on each of three cones - North Head, One Tree Hill and Mangere Mountain - just waiting for...
  • Work in progress

    Work in progress

    This is the work in progress from Link Choi, the illustrator of The Dragon Brothers trilogy. It's the tense moment when the boys finally reach the dragon's cave near the top of the mountain. It's the 'what are we going to do now?' moment.  Link has a great understanding of the different journeys of the boys and the dog as they go on this...

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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