Books for Young Adults

    The Murderers' Apprentice
    The Black Dress

The Murderers' Apprentice

Like her father and mother before her, Merrith is apprenticed to become an assassin with the Murderers' Guild. But Merrith is hopeless with a dagger and sword, inept at mixing poison, and doesn't like the idea of killing people anyway. Then a prophecy from the Soothsayers' Guild says Merrith must join an expedition to the rift caves, or Quentaris will be destroyed.

Can Merrith save Quentaris - even it if means she must become a professional murderer?

The Quentaris Chronicles is a shared-world series created by Paul Collins and Michael Pryor, who invited me to write a book in the series. It was fun and a bit odd to write a story where the setting and some of the characters were already created for me - it reminded me of my teenage years when I used to make up Star Trek stories!

Quentaris is a great world because the rift caves, which are portals to other worlds, can take you anywhere. I chose to send Merrith to a world which was developing its own Industrial Revolution. I had become fascinated by this time when I was a scriptwriter at the PowerHouse Museum in Sydney and made a video about the Bolton and Watt Steam Engine, which was made in 1775 for the Whitbread brewery in England. The ingenuity of engineers and the brutality of factory owners of the time were both astonishing and I wanted to portray both in this book. Not to mention creating a dire threat to the safety of Quentaris...

Visit www.quentaris.com to find more Quentaris books.



 

The Black Dress

She is old now and dying but once she was young - young and poor and smart and drawn desperately to another life. This is the story of an unconventional young woman who was born into a time and a religion bound by convention. What Mary MacKillop did with her life is part of history - The Black Dress looks behind the history to find the person.

More information about The Black Dress: Mary MacKillop's Early Years and Mary McKillop can be found at The Black Dress Main Page