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  • Published: 2 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9781741663099
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $17.99

Laws Of Magic 5: Moment Of Truth




In the penultimate book of Michael Pryor's brilliant steampunk adventure series, the war that has loomed for so long is finally declared. Can Aubrey's magic save him this time?

In the penultimate book of Michael Pryor's brilliant steampunk adventure series, the war that has loomed for so long is finally declared. Can Aubrey's magic save him this time?

The unthinkable has happened: Albion is at war. Aubrey and George are swept up into the military - but not in the way they expect. With Caroline drafted into the Special Services, Aubrey is sure the combination of his magic, George's practical skills and Caroline's fighting secrets will make them a formidable team. But what if the military hierarchy has other ideas?

When Aubrey's top secret espionage unit is sent to Gallia to investigate mysterious magical emanations, what they discover is intelligence gold. Holmland is about to unleash an unstoppable horror upon the world. It could win the war within weeks. Aubrey is in a dilemma: should he obey orders and simply observe, or should he and his friends do their best to stop a bloodbath?

Saving thousands of lives could cost Aubrey his own. But that's never stopped him before.

  • Pub date: 2 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9781741663099
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $17.99

About the Author

Michael Pryor

Michael Pryor has published more than twenty-five fantasy books and over forty short stories, from literary fiction to science fiction to slapstick humour. Michael has been shortlisted six times for the Aurealis Awards, has been nominated for a Ditmar award, and six of his books have been CBCA Notable Books, including three books in the Laws of Magic series. Michael's most recent books include The Chronicles of Krangor series for younger readers, The Laws of Magic series and The Extraordinaires series for older readers, as well as 10 Futures, a collection of interlinked stories imagining what our next 100 years might be like, and middle grade technothriller Machine Wars.

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Praise for Laws Of Magic 5: Moment Of Truth

“Notable Book for Older Readers 2010”

Children’s Book Council of Australia

“This is book 5 in Michael Pryor's incredibly addictive The Laws of Magic series … Think barely-post-Victorian, devious political plots, an evil 'wizard' and countries in danger - this is the daily life of Aubrey, George and Caroline ... It's hard to explain how exciting these books are without giving away any spoilers. The dialogue is fast and witty, there's no unnecessary fillers and it's hard to put the book down until the last page is read ... They're truly a seriously great read.”

http://nancyversusdevil.blogspot.com/

“The Laws of Magic are a steampunk junkie's delight.”

Natalie Hatch, http://weloveya.wordpress.com

“Fans won’t be disappointed as Pryor’s storytelling continues to deliver. Yes there is magic between the covers of this book.”

The Reading Stack

“Political intrigue and adventure abound in this tale of high adventure with plenty of wit and a touch of romance. Plots are foiled and new elements of the overarching thread that binds the series together are revealed. Pryor effectively uses language and historical detail to evoke his time and setting … Technology is also very important to the atmosphere of Moment of Truth, which will appeal to lovers of steampunk. Gleaming airships, bustling factories, brass cylinders and strange concrete follies all play an important role in this swashbuckling tale ... Many readers will enjoy it for its intelligence, humour and first class storytelling.”

Alison Spicer-Wensley, Fiction Focus

“Like its predecessors it is a clever blend of wry humour, action and intrigue. With parallels with real-world history, likeable characters and an absorbing plot, this is fantasy as it should be done ... Great stuff for teens and adults.”

Sally Murphy, http://aussiereviews.com/


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