Accidental Heroes: The Rogues by Lian Tanner

Accidental Heroes: The Rogues by Lian Tanner

accidental-heroes-lgWhen Duckling agrees to help her devious grandfather one last time, she ends up entangled in a plot which will decide the fate of her city, a place called Berren.

Lian Tanner returns to the wondrously imaginative world she created in The Keepers series with her new book The Rogues: Accidental Heroes. In Accidental Heroes, the first of this exciting new series, we meet Duckling and Pummel, two young-guns who couldn’t be more opposite. Pummel, a farm boy, is looking for work in the city to help out his family who are struggling to get by back home. Duckling and her grandfather, Lord Rump, however, are quite the opposite, constantly pulling off frauds across the city and generally getting up to mischief.

Pummel, a naive and sweet soul, quickly becomes an unknowing pawn in Duckling and Lord Rump’s schemes. This will be the last time, they keep promising her.

Ducking and Pummel become unlikely allies in their discovery of some powerful magic within themselves. But in Berren, magic is a grave crime. They find themselves at the centre of the city, the Stronghold, where they must stop the assassination of the heir to the throne. Somehow though they need to keep their magical powers a secret or suffer the consequences.

The people of Berren have deemed magic illegal, calling it witchery and treachery. When Pummel and Duckling join forces, they have a lot to learn. Pummel’s trusting nature leads him down many wrong paths, and Duckling soon realises she knows less about her grandfather than she thought.

Through the development of their peculiar but charming friendship the true nature of each of their characters is revealed. To save the young heir, they must unleash every inch of courage and use the magic which they possess despite the danger it puts them in.

Kids aged 9+ will love this book for it’s fantastical setting and adventurous themes. Tanner’s vibrant words jump off the page and create a world in which Pummel and Duckling are challenged to question all they know, and risk all they have, for the good of the world.

About the Author:

Lian Tanner is a children’s author and playwright. She has worked as a teacher in Australia and Papua New Guinea, a tourist bus driver, a freelance journalist, a juggler, a community arts worker, an editor and a professional actor. It took her a while to realise that all of these jobs were really just preparation for being a writer. Nowadays she lives by the beach in southern Tasmania, with a small tabby cat and lots of friendly neighbourhood dogs. She has not yet mastered the art of Concealment by the Imitation of Nothingness, but she is quite good at Camouflage.

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    Publisher details

    The Rogues 1: Accidental Heroes
    Author
    Lian Tanner
    Publisher
    Allen & Unwin
    Released
    01 October, 2017

    Synopsis

    The Rogues is a vividly exciting new trilogy set in the same world as the best-selling Keepers, with all new characters. A brilliant fantasy-adventure for 9 to 13 year olds. In the city of Berren, strange things happen. People disappear, trees sprout overnight. But no one believes in magic. No, to believe in magic would be disloyal…The devious Lord Rump and his granddaughter, Duckling, need a disposable boy, and Pummel, a farm boy looking for work in the city, fits the bill perfectly. Duckling is happy to tangle him in her grandpa's web, as long as Grandpa keeps his promise - that this is his very last Scheme.Lord Rump's machinations take both children into the Strong-hold of Berren - where time has stopped and no one can leave - and before long they are entwined in a plot to kill the heir to the Faithful Throne.If they want to protect the Young Margrave, and save themselves from an awful death, Duckling and Pummel must learn to use the magic that no one else believes in.
    Lian Tanner
    About the author

    Lian Tanner

    Lian Tanner is a children's author and playwright. She has worked as a teacher in Australia and Papua New Guinea, a tourist bus driver, a freelance journalist, a juggler, a community arts worker, an editor and a professional actor. It took her a while to realise that all of these jobs were really just preparation for being a writer. Nowadays she lives by the beach in southern Tasmania, with a small tabby cat and lots of friendly neighbourhood dogs. She has not yet mastered the art of Concealment by the Imitation of Nothingness, but she is quite good at Camouflage.

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