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Scarlet Tides

Book Four in the Moontide Quartet is out! (in UK, large formats).


The Moontide is ending. As  the seas rise to engulf the Leviathan Bridge and once again separate East and West, Emperor Constant unleashes the final phase of his earth-shattering plan to conquer the known world.

The Lost Legions are trapped between two massive armies, beset by their own as well as the Sultan’s forces, because they are bearing secrets that could tear apart the Empire. Seth and Ramon are going to need all of their cunning, tenacity and bravery if they are to get their men across the Bridge to safety.

In Javon, Cera Nesti, once again Queen-Regent for her brother Timori, is leading the Javonesi rebellion against the overwhelming might of the Rondian Empire. She needs the skill and courage of her friends if the kingdom is to survive – but first, she must regain their trust.

Most crucially, the Scytale of Corineus – the key to becoming an all-powerful Ascendant mage – has fallen into deadly hands: the Seeress Huriya and the Inquisitor Malevorn. Alaron and Ramita must prevent the rise of a terrifying new power, but to do so they need the aid of a woman infamous as the ‘Queen of Evil’, and a small group of Zain monks who have retreated from the world and taken a vow of peace. 

But there is no place for peace in this war-torn world. The time has come for the Rite of Ascendancy to be performed, and for new powers to rise – to save or damn Urte for all time.

Book Watch


NEW BOOK: Release date 1st September 2016

A new teenage novel, entitled "1916: Dig for Victory",  is a novel set around the historical deeds of the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion in 1916, at Armentières and the Somme. It is part of a five book series, with five different New Zealand writers, about New Zealand's participation in the Great War 1914-1918.


1916: Dig for Victory follows two young soldiers in the Pioneer Battalion, one Maori and the other Pakeha, as they dig trenches and learn about life in 1916 war-torn France. Thrown together with nothing in common but a homeland, they bond while dealing with bullies, foreign lands and customs, being away from home, and dodging shells and bullets in Armentières and the Somme offensive. 

Traumatised veterans and wide-eyed new recruits have come from all corners of New Zealand, a country so young it barely conceives of itself as a nation, to fight for Mother England, a place most have never even seen. They’ve arrived in a war like no other: the Great War, a maelstrom of fire, poison gas, artillery, and newly created weapons such as aircraft and tanks. The men of the NZ Pioneer Battalion are armed only with their picks and shovels, but are determined to dig their way into history, yard by yard. 

Eighteen-year-old Leith McArran knows who he is: a Scot from Dunedin, the son of a soldier. Orphaned sixteen-year-old Tamati Baines, on the other hand, knows only that soldiers get fed and paid, and that’s enough for him to lie about his age and join up. They form a unlikely friendship based on shared humour, hardship, and shared dangers. 

But on the war-wracked fields of the Somme, they’re going to have to learn fast or die. Especially when Tamati discovers an inner landscape of signs and portents that could be the difference between survival and annihilation for the entire battalion.

Recent News



I was recently interviewed by MAGPIES Magazine, an online publishing magazine for the Australasian market - here's the interview (pdf format).


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