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Magical genius Aubrey Fitzwilliam is about to become involved in a convoluted series of adventures ... for a change.

Magical genius Aubrey Fitzwilliam is about to become involved in a convoluted series of adventures ... for a change.

At a loss after finishing their exams, Aubrey and George travel to the Gallian capital, Lutetia. Aubrey is pursuing a cure for his condition, but his family have other ideas, and he's soon burdened with a royal mystery to solve, a missing ornithologist to locate and a spot of diplomatic espionage. These tasks should keep Aubrey occupied - but that would be underestimating Aubrey's sense of curiosity and uncanny knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Someone is stealing people's souls and turning them into mindless monsters. The country's magical lifeline, the Heart of Gold, has been stolen, leaving the city in chaos. And what is the connection with the sabotage of an experimental airship?

Aubrey, George and a somewhat reluctant Caroline are on the case . . .


Shortlisted, Best Young Adult Novel

2008 Aurealis Awards

Pryor is a master of suspense and vividly realised magical experiences.


Michael Pryor is the king of steampunk for teens.

Visual Bookshelf

How the author manages to weave all these strands together into a truly exciting page-turner is magic in itself! Unreservedly recommended.

Abbey's Bookshop

Heart of Gold is great fun. The action is almost non-stop . . . Much as I loved the Potter books, I'd rather go out to a party with Aubrey than Harry.

January Magazine

This second title in the Laws of Magic series is a ripper. Pryor's writing is strong and witty and his ingenious blend of fantasy, mystery/crime, historical, romance genres with political undertones … will surely persuade those not enamoured of fantasy to the genre … There is adventure, fun, derring do aplenty, and sufficient twists and turns in the plot to keep the most astute mystery unraveller attentive.

Pam Mcintyre, Viewpoint

Set in the era of airships, Heart of Gold is a pleasure to read, with its fascinating world elegantly created by Pryor. There is a wonderful Olde Worlde atmosphere, and a plot rich in old fashioned camaraderie, romance and horror.

Dawn Meredith, Buzz Words

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  • Paperback


    July 1, 2010

    Random House Australia Children's

    496 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2010

    Random House Australia

    496 pages

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