KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK Little orphan Deni
released 7 April 268 pages | Paperback/ ebook
Author Dave Rudden
When you’ve got a name like Denizen Hardwick, your parents died under mysterious circumstances and home is an orphanage on a stormy outcrop on the Irish coast, chances are you’re the lead character in a children’s book. Lo and behold, this particular Denizen is – and when an aunt he had no idea existed suddenly sends someone to pick him up, he’s about to find out that he’s got special powers to help him fight evil shadows.
Okay, we’ll stop mincing words: this is a story you’ve read before. It’s an archetype. That doesn’t make it bad, however, and author Dave Rudden has a bit of fun mocking the concept of a “chosen one” along the way, too, letting us know that he’s in on the joke. Knights Of The Borrowed Dark also features some rather marvellous dialogue and prose, in much the same style as Derek Landy or Darren Shan, which will appeal to kids of all ages. The only problem is that it isn’t consistently marvellous: too much of the book is made up of exposition, and it only really comes alive when nasty clockwork monsters leap off the page at you. But the fact they do that so very, very well helps a lot.
Rudden found out he’d sold the book to publishers when “in a Poundworld... counting the change in my pocket.”