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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


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