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In a world of darkness, there is one who will bring light . . .

In a world of darkness, there is one who will bring light . . .

On the edge of a mystical border called the Limen, close to a beautiful canal-laced city, a humble candlemaker rescues a child, whom he raises as his apprentice.

Years pass and the child’s unusual talents are revealed, the gentle art of candlemaking slowly transforming into something far more sinister. Lingering in the shadows, enemies watch and wait - a vengeful aristocrat, an exotic queen and the lethal creatures known only as the Morte Whisperers. They hunger after the child’s ancient magic and will do anything to control it - betray, lie, manipulate. Even murder.

A story of intrigue, deadly magic and a love so deep it transcends life itself.


A wonderful mix of magic, intrigue and drama. Brooks has given us a richly drawn world, inhabited by real people.

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Many surprises, twists and turns to keep the reader hooked . . . Mature readers from 12 onwards will inhale this book and be clamouring for the next volume. A treat in time for the long summer holidays!

Australian Bookseller + Publisher

The details of this ancient city fill a rich backdrop as Tallow develops from a weak, maltreated underling, to a person of growing integrity, depth and a slow realisation of the power to deliver a destiny that holds both despair and hope.

Deborah Abela, ABC Radio Canberra Drive Show

Tallow is one of those rare reads that can easily cross over from YA to adult readers. The narrative dances from third person to Tallow's first, with remarkable effect. The pace is taut and there is a richness and depth to this world that is breathtaking. There are some spectacular twists and revelations of true identity that are genuinely surprising and masterfully handled. On top of everything I love about this book, that it's so heartbreakingly well written stands out. I can't wait for the sequel. Highly recommended.

James Paull, Gleaner

Tallow delivers on all counts, weaving magic, love and action . . . Bring on the next book!

Oliver Winfree

A sublimely realised world . . . a gutsy, engaging story.

Anthony Eaton

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    June 1, 2011

    Random House Australia Children's

    432 pages

    RRP $21.99

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2010

    Random House Australia

    432 pages

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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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