The Firebird Chronicles: Rise of the Shadow Stealers

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Fletcher and Scoop are Apprentice Adventurers from the ancient establishment of Blotting's Academy on Fullstop Island, the place where all story characters are trained. The trouble is, they can't remember how they got there.

It's the first day of term, but the two apprentices soon realise something is wrong. Things are going missing, including their own memories, and Scoop has the unsettling feeling that something is creeping in the shadows.

As the children search for answers, they become entangled with the life of the Storyteller, the islands creator and king. They journey to his wedding banquet and find themselves uncovering a hidden past. What is their connection to this mysterious man? And is there more to him than meets the eye?

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Born in East London, Daniel now lives in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, in a house built of stones from the town's ruined castle.

As well as being an author, Daniel works in the field of performance. Currently, he is Artistic Director of Suitcase and Spectacles Children's Theatre, and is part of the artistic direction team for Pointed Arrow Performance. He has led numerous community theatre projects that explore how stories shape us and what mark they leave on the places we live.

Daniel is interested in exploring philosophical and spiritual questions in fun and engaging ways that inspire children to think and to wonder.

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The writing is some of the best I have read since becoming a book reviewer five years ago.
-Kids Lit Review             

In the opening pages we're greeted with a dead body, an enigmatic seer and a creepy ritual on the edge of a murky abyss. The perky protagonists embark on a journey to the centre of the shadow stealing across the island. On the way they start to learn a little more about themselves, as the book starts to explore issues such as the purpose of a life, identity, and the role of stories in holding our world together... Confident pre-teen readers will enjoy it as an intriguing adventure story, while older readers will enjoy reading between the lines for a more philosophical experience. Dig Yorkshire

Noveltwist and the Plot-Jacking Spiders were some of my favorite writing-themed elements to this beautifully built world. This thrilling quest is a wonderful read for all fantasy junkies and is a great start to the Firebird Chronicles series!
-Miss Literati


This rollicking adventure follows two Apprentice Adventurers, Fletcher and Scoop, as they try to discover why people and objects are mysteriously disappearing from Blotting's Academy on Fullstop Island, the place where story characters are trained. This complex story is reminiscent in tone of the Harry Potter series and Jeanette Winterson's Tanglewreck. Packed with literary references and cleverness, it focuses on the age-old conflict between light and dark, good and evil, and on the power of story. An engaging read for 9- to 14-year-olds. 
~ Lucy Pearce, Juno

Both the premise and the writing are reminiscent of other fantasy authors such as Terry Pratchett and in particular, Jasper Fforde, although this is certainly unique and interesting enough to stand firmly on its own two feet.
~ Isobel Jokl, Dig Yorkshire

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