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Scarlet Tides

Book Two in the Moontide Quartet is out! (in USA: Large Format; in UK/NZ: Paperback).

The Moontide has come and the Leviathan Bridge stands open: now thrones will shake and hearts will be torn apart in a world at war.

A scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, led by the Inquisition’s windships flying the Sacred Heart, bright banner of the Church’s darkest sons. They are slaughtering and pillaging their way across Antiopia in the name of Emperor Constant. But the emperor’s greatest treasure, the Scytale of Corineus, has slipped through his fingers and his ruthless Inquisitors must scour two continents for the artefact, the source of all magical power.

Against them are the unlikeliest of heroes. Alaron, a failed mage, the gypsy Cymbellea and Ramita, once just a lowly market-girl, have pledged to end the cycle of war and restore peace to Urte.

East and West have clashed before, but this time, as secret factions and cabals emerge from the shadows, the world is about to discover that love, loyalty and truth can be forged into weapons as strong as swords and magic.

Book Watch


My Indian-based YA series, The Return of Ravana, is to be re-released by Jo Fletcher Books & Quercus in UK and Australasia. Here's the cover for the revised Book One, The Pyre (formerly titled Pyre of Queens). The story remains the same, but the text has been updated and "refreshed".


The Return of Ravana

Mandore, Rajasthan, 769 AD: Ravindra-Raj, the evil sorcerer-king, devises a deadly secret ritual, where he and his seven queens will burn on his pyre, and he will rise again with the powers of Ravana, demon-king of the epic Ramayana.  But things go wrong when Aram Dhoop, the court poet, rescues Queen Darya. As they flee the king’s ruthless army, its commander, Senapati Shastri, finds himself realizing where his true love lies─with the beautiful, spirited Darya …But will this love drive Aram to commit an unthinkable act of treachery?

 Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 2010: At the site of ancient Mandore, teenagers Vikram, Amanjit, Deepika and Rasita meet and realize that the past–and Ravindra–is hunting them down. Can they survive when a deathless sorcerer and his ghostly brides are chasing them; when legends are coming to life, and their every move has perhaps already been written in the greatest of epics about good and evil—the Ramayana?

The Return of Ravana plunges the reader into a world of intrigue, romance and unrelenting action.

Recent News

Mage's Blood, first book of the Moontide Quartet, has been released in the US; and was included in AMAZON's BEST SFF 2013 books list, after a terrific critical response.

Mage's Blood has been translated into BULGARIAN, TURKISH, DUTCH and GERMAN, with the latter two countries also having now released indigenous language versions of Scarlet Tides. Audiobooks, produced in America, are also available of the Moontide Quartet.

Civilian Reader: Guest Blog

I recently did a guest blog for the Civilian Reader website, about the differences I've found between writing for the adult fantasy market, and writing YA fantasy: here's the link

Dark Matter

David Hair talks about the inspirations for Mage’s Blood, first book of the Moontide Quartet: Read 

Fantasy Book Critic

Fantasy Book Critic were first to review Scarlet Tides, Moontide Quartet 2: and it was a big thumbs up: here's the review!

Inner Selves, and Writing What You Know: David wrote a guest blog for Fantasy Book Critic recently. Click here to check it out: Read

Also, Mage's Blood made the site's book critic Mihir's top 10 books of 2012: find out more here: FBC - Mihir's Top 10 of 2012