Vampirates: Demons Of The Ocean, by Justin Somper "For a blood-sucking, swashbuckling adventure, look no further than this ace book!" 5/5 - KRAZE CLUB "a fast-paced voyage that leaves you hungry... for book two!" - NEW BOOKS CLUB "a fresh and compelling debut... Somper never stoops to stereotype in this engrossing tale... promises to be an addictive series" - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "simple, and yet so perfect... Inspired" - HAM AND HIGH "a compelling narrative which presents the joy of being alive alongside the emptiness of death" - TES "a clever combination of two genres that could make it as popular as Pirates of the Caribbean" - THE TIMES "full of swashbuckling, action-packed thrills" - JEWISH CHRONICLE "a vivid and bloodthirsty debut" - EVENING STANDARD "impossible to forget" - WENDY COOLING, CAROUSEL "Totally original... I wish i'd had this idea!" Anthony Horowitz "Vampires... and pirates? It doesn't get much better than this! A fantastic read, perfect for Horowitz and Shan fans." John Webb, Children's Buyer, Waterstones "A great mixture of the swashbuckling and the truly spooky - a real page turner." Graham Marks, Childrens Editor, Publishing News "Vampirates is high- concept, high octane adventure that never once fails to be anything but intriguing. Its' classic dramatic scenarios make it an appealing page-turner." John Mclay "It's a fabulous idea, fast-paced, full of good jokes, fun characters (with terrific names) and quite different to anything else I've read. I do like the various influences: a whiff of Dahl, a touch of Lemony Snickett...hitting the zeitgeist." Anthony Horowitz USA REVIEWS 'a gleefully quick read... a vivid picture of life on a pirate ship... Somper deftly draws parallels to the real world... An enigmatic conclusion leaves the galley door wide open for sequels.' Publishers Weekly 'a good choice for reluctant readers... this fantastic tale will find many fans' School Library Journal 'winning fantasy... satisfying and exciting' Voya
Conor and Grace are twins, recently orphaned after their widowed father's death. Rather than being adopted by the town's busy-bodies, they decide to set sail in their father's last possession, his sailing boat. But a vicious storm sees their boat capsize and the twins are separated. Two mysterious ships sail to their rescue - each picking up one twin before disappearing into the mist. Conor wakes to find himself on a pirate ship and is soon being trained up with a cutlass. Meanwhile Grace finds herself locked in a darkened room, as the vampirates wait for night to fall and their feasting to begin... Determined to find each other, yet intrigued by their new shipmates, the twins are about to embark on the biggest adventure of their lives...