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Magic and alternate history mixed with a large serving of boys' own adventure and a pinch of the fun and wittiness of Sherlock Holmes . . .

Magic and alternate history mixed with a large serving of boys' own adventure and a pinch of the fun and wittiness of Sherlock Holmes . . .

Aubrey Fitzwilliam is the son of a prominent ex-prime minister. He's also brilliant at magic, but he's stuck at military school. At least he has his best friend, George, there to back him up. George would follow Aubrey anywhere - and with Aubrey's talent for thinking up daring schemes that will get them both in trouble, that's no easy thing to do.

At a royal hunting party, the boys discover a golem, a magical creature built to perform one task: to kill Prince Albert. Aubrey and George are hailed as heroes for foiling the murder attempt - but who sent the golem, and why? Aubrey is far too curious to let the authorities handle this one, and he and George start investigating . . .


Shortlisted, Best Fantasy Book

2007 Aurealis Awards

Longlisted, Golden Inky Award 2007

Centre for Youth Literature

Blaze of Glory is undoubtedly one of the best books I've read this year. Hooked deftly from the first clever line, I was transfixed to the very end by a writer utterly in control of his craft . . . Long live Aubrey Fitzwilliam!

Kate Forsyth, Aurealis

This is without doubt one of the best written and most enjoyable books I have had the pleasure of reading.

The Online Book Group

Could be put in the same league as the work of Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paolini and (dare I say it) JK Rowling . . . Blaze of Glory will not disappoint.


Non-stop, action packed, thrilling adventure that is resplendent with scientifically based magic, spies, murderous golems, magically manufactured beasts, political intrigue, and even a little bit of romance . . . Blaze of Glory will delight readers of all ages.

Large Print Reviews

I absolutely loved Blaze of Glory ... I highly recommend this novel to all young and older adults - even those who think they don't like fantasy. This, in my opinion, is the book to convert such readers.

Aurealis Xpress

Blaze of Glory is not a run of the mill fantasy/adventure. It is full of political intrigue, mystery and action… I am sure many readers will be eagerly awaiting the sequel, Heart of Gold.

Fiction Focus

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 1, 2010

    Random House Australia Children's

    416 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2010

    Random House Australia

    416 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Aurealis Awards
    Sara Douglass Book Series Award