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Dave Rudden

Dave Rudden has been a writer, performance poet and actor in Dublin’s arts scene since 2008. Graduating with first class honours from the University College Dublin Creative Writing Masters in 2013, his work has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Cracked, The Quotable and the Guardian.

He is the recipient of the Fantasy Book Review 2011 Short Story Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Bath Short Story Prize and the Hennessey New Writing Prize. His short stories have been optioned for film, adapted for the stage and adapted as music videos.

His first novel, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, was published in Spring 2016. It has since been translated into five languages and released as an audiobook, with the film option being held by Prodigal Films. Knights of the Borrowed Dark won Most Read Novel at the Student Library Association Great Reads Award, was shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Choice Award and was the Irish Children’s Book of the Year in 2016. and the 2017 Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read.

Since the release of Knights of the Borrowed Dark, Dave has performed in over 220 schools and libraries on three continents. He is a Literary Death Match champion (exactly as fun as it sounds) has appeared on panels at festivals and conventions in Ireland, the UK, Germany and the US.

The sequel, The Forever Court, is on sale now.

Follow him @d_ruddenwrites
 

The Endless King

'You have no idea what real war is . . . but I'm afraid you're going to find out.'

There's nothing like an apocalypse to kick off the school year.

Denizen Hardwick has travelled to Daybreak, the ancestral home of the Order of the Borrowed Dark, to continue his training as a knight. But lessons have barely begun before an unexpected arrival appears with news that throws the fortress into uproar.

The Endless King has fallen, his dark realm rising in a brutal civil war. When the conflict strikes closer to home, Denizen and his friends face their greatest challenge yet. For if Daybreak falls, so does the world. 

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Puffin
France Pocket Jeunesse
Germany Fischer
Poland Jaguar
Russia Kariera
Turkey Pegasus

The Forever Court

The second book in the action-packed Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy.

After an epic battle against the shadowy monsters of the dark, Denizen Hardwick finally feels like a true Knight. The court of the Endless King has even requested a meeting to thank him for saving the King’s daughter. It’s a raremoment of peace between the Knights and the dark, and it’s either an honour or a trap. There’s only one way to know for sure…

The meeting almost immediately dissolves into a battle. And that’s not the worst of it.

There’s another order of people who can communicate with the monsters of the dark. A family who worships the dark. And if they succeed in their bid for power, even an alliance between Denizen and the Endless King’s daughter won’t be enough to save our world from the shadows...
 

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Puffin
North America Random House Children's Publishers
France Pocket Jeunesse
Germany Fischer
Poland Jaguar
Russia Kariera
Turkey Pegasus
Film rights Prodigal

Knights of the Borrowed Dark

Denizen Hardwick doesn't believe in magic - until he's ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight.

That kind of thing can really change your perspective.

Now Denizen is about to discover that there's a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits.

Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark.

Unfortunately for Denizen, he's one of them...

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Puffin
US Random House Children's Publishers
Unabridged Audio UK & Commonwealth WF Howes
Germany Fischer
France Pocket Jeunesse
Poland Jaguar
Russia Kariera
Sweden Modernista Group AB
Turkey Pegasus
Film rights Prodigal