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In a world of dragons, song spells, pipers and battles... Patch Brightwater is a boy in disgrace. Thrown in jail for playing a forbidden spell, he is no one's idea of a hero. But then he discovers a deadly truth - the evil Piper of Hamelyn is on the loose. With the help of Wren, a girl cursed to live as a rat, and Barver, a fire-breathing dracogriff, Patch must stop the Piper sparking the biggest battle of them all. Three accidental heroes versus one legendary villain... an epic adventure is born.

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This is Book 1 in the Songs of Magic Series. See all Songs of Magic books here.

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23rd September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
This book was gripping - I can't wait to read the next one. Great characters and all with lots going on in their lives.  I loved the links back to the Pied Piper, this prior knowledge made you feel part of the story very quickly Loved the prophecy too. This book had lots of 'Oh!' moments. Fantastic. Love the descriptions.
20th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I loved this book that much that it was extremely hard to fault anything about it. I finished the book two days ago and over the course of the last two days found nothing I could even nit-pick on. A Darkness of Dragon’s was wonderful! I need more!
16th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Really enjoyed this book, and especially loved the thought and detail that went into it. Perfect for UKS2, especially year 6.
2nd September '18
Pokeman read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This is a brilliant fantasy booked based around the story of the Pied Piper Of Hamelin. The characters are really well described, Barver is my favourite character, he is really funny, yet managed to never did even though he is in situations where he should! The story is full of adventure to try and stop the evil Piper, easy to read as you really get into the story!
18th March '19
I read it myself (an adult) , to BishopsReaders aged 11 to 18 , to jAMES23 aged 8 aged 8 & to NattyNoodle aged 14 aged 14
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5 stars
Absolutely Loved this book!! I was totally gripped from the first page and could not put it down.  Highly recommend to everyone of all ages!  I love the 3 main characters.  Patch, a 13 year old boy, Wren, a Rat! and Barver is just amazing!  Seriously wish he was my friend. This book is action packed.  The twists and turns make it completely unpredictable.  Just when you think you know where it is going, something else happens.  If I could give it more stars I really would.  I am desperately waiting for the sequel comes out!
4th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
A gripping adventure with good characters. I read quickly as I wanted to know what was going to know what was next. It now has a waiting list in my classroom!
27th August '18
SnipSkye 2 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
My creative daughter was deeply immersive in this magical book. If you like Terry Pratchett The Amazing Educated Rodents this book is for you, My daughter loved reading both books. I recommend this book for age 9+
21st December '18
I read it to Book butterfly aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Unfortunately we didn't receive this book, so unable to post a review.  
9th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
A darkness of dragons by S A Patrick is the first book of a new series. We are presented with a magical world full of dragons, sorcerers and pipers. This book plays a tribute to the classic Pied Piper of Hamelin with elements of fantasy and other modern themes. The plot is full of adventure and discovery and with the apt open ending, it is perfect for a sequel, which is much anticipated. 5⭐️ Read
14th August '18
I read it to Rory aged 11 aged 11 & to Addie aged 8 aged 8
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
A perfect fantasy adventure story. This book is a really unusual take on the classic story The Pied Piper of Hamelyn. Throw in magic, battles and shape shifting and you have this easy to follow, beauty of a book. Addies favourite character was Wren and she also loved the bad guy The Hamelyn Piper. We felt this book had a real Tolkein feel to it, like all great adventures should. This book is bound to be a great success 
3rd September '18
FelixLowe read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This is really good. It is a kind of twist on the traditional Pied Piper tale with dragons and magic and musical spells . It is exciting and I couldn't put it down. I give this adventure five stars 
17th September '18
Four Lanes Junior School read it themselves aged 7 to 11
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5 stars
Three unexpected heroes, two sides, one epic adventure.
I really enjoyed reading this book. With lots of suspense, you can’t put it down from the start. The book is an adventure filled with surprises, loyalty and 3 very accidentally heroes. Patch (a disgraced piper), Wren (a girl cursed to live as a rat) and Barver (a dracogriff) know a secret that could mean the end of their world and it’s up to them to save everybody. It is captivating and it is the perfect book for people that love adventure books. It makes you feel like you are there with the characters. I particularly like the character Wren because she is a risk-taker and a loyal friend. I would rate this book 10/10 and I would recommend it particularly to children aged 11+.
(Isla – aged 10)
17th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
Really great fantastic book
14th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
I've read this in preparation for use with a Year 5 class and enjoyed it thoroughly. I will also read with/ lend to my son (Year 4) when we've finished it. I would say best suited to 8-13 year olds depending on reading level and interests. This book was inspired by The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and provides an excellent twist to this tale. I love the adventurous nature of this book and the language used to create the scenes is just brilliant. There is done interesting language within the book which provides opportunities for great discussions, as well as enhancing vocabularies. Such an imaginative story which you really can get lost within. I didn't want to put it down, such a gripping book.  I don't want to give away too much about the plot and spoil it but I definitely recommend giving it a go! 
21st August '18
Ninjaboy read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
This book is about a boy called Patch Brightwater, a former piper who has ran away in disgrace. I liked it because it made me say " ohhh" a lot because it had lots of twists and surprises. Patch found two friends; Wren, A girl cursed to live as a rat, and Barver, A dracogriff (half dragon, half griffin). I like Wren's sneaky character, Barver's kinda funny character and Patch's brave character. This book is full of adventure, mystery and fantasy as it is set in a magical world. A kind of sequel to The Pied Piper of Hamelyn, I recommend this book to brave readers of 8+. There is no illustrations, although it has silhouettes of rats in the first part (before the story). I can't wait for the next book to come out in 2019.
15th August '18
I read it to Hstar aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This is a brilliant fantasy adventure story to introduce children to the genre.  It mixes mythical creatures, magic with a well known fairytale that creates a really interesting story with lots of twists and turns along the way.  Brilliant for children who like Harry Potter or the Hobbit.  We can't wait for the next instalment to come out.
10th October '18
BeeReaderK read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
Very exciting and interesting adventure I can't wait for the next one
1st October '18
G read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This is SA Patrick’s first book for children and I enjoyed it very much!  This fantasy adventure is longer than normal mg books but if you love reading like me, this should take about a week to read.

 Patch is a 13 year old boy training to a Custodian Elite Piper, he lives with his grandparents.  Wren, who is a really clever girl, cursed to be a rat, really wants to be a sorcerer.  Barver is a rare dracogriff, an orphan whose only friend died young.

It’s a cold winters day and Patch Brightwater has been sent to kill the rats of a little village called Patterfall.  But what he didn’t know that he had to pipe an illegal song to do so, one that the evil Hamelin piper played a decade ago.  Unfortunately he finds bad news that threatens the world...the Hamelin piper is loose.  

With Wren and Barvers help, can they stop the evil happening?

This book made me feel intrigued, I so wanted to know what was happening.  There is so much amazing language in this book...a real language-fest...a treat for budding writers! Great for 11+
30th December '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
I loved this book! I'm a big fan of fantasy and magical literature but it was refreshing ti ead a magical book which was so different to other I'd read.
I loved the character Patch and can't wait to read about his next adventure :) 
30th October '18
Danmanx read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This book was a fun, thrilling book with lots of adventure and mystery.The characters where mysterious and all had different personalities.  I think this book would be good for boys and girls age 9 and upwards.  My favourite characters are Patch and Barver. Really looking forward to reading part 2 of this story. 
18th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
This book had me gripped from start to finish. The story has a magical and exciting vibe with the author hooking you in so that you can't wait for what's coming next. Following the main character Patch, a disgraced Piper and his friend Wren, a rat, who together seek to find the truth about the Piper of Hamelyn. Will definitely look out for more offerings from S. A Patrick. I will also use this book as a class read in upper key stage 2.
24th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
5 stars
This is both a beautifully written and very engaging fantasy tale.  It has all the elements needed to capture the imagination of today’s children:  magic, dragons, spells, fantasy world and delightful characters.  It is has adventure and excitement in spades and will, I am sure, engage even the most reluctant readers.  I intend to use it with my dyslexic students as an incentive to encourage them to enjoy reading for pleasure and escapism.    I am already looking forward to the sequel. 
3rd December '18
JujuxFlamingo read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
4 stars
This book is great, and you don't usually find books that are about pipers and such. I like the idea of magic and a girl turning into a rat, reminds me a lot of the Harry Potter series. There were some parts of the book I had re-read multiple times to understand, but it was an amazing story. I won this book from a Toppsta giveaway, and it was worth it.
15th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
4 stars
This is a retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamlin and I do enjoy a good retelling and this is definitely a good one! Patch is kind of an antihero which I also love! The characters are all very likable and it is gripping from the start, it's a good story and I think will appeal to Potter fans, Hiccup fans and also people like myself who like fairytales turned on their heads.
30th September '18
I read it to Ginjan22 aged 9 aged 9 & to Cristi26 aged 7 aged 7
A Darkness of Dragons 9781474945677
4 stars
Great fantasy story really appealed to my boys imaginations
30th October '18
I read it to 6CB aged 10 to 11
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4 stars
Maxwell is currently enjoying this book and is getting stuck into the story. 

He’ll post a full review when he’s finished. 
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About S. A. Patrick

S.A. Patrick was born in Belfast. When he was a child, he wanted to write video games, become an author, and have magical powers. The first two came true. If he ever does get magical powers, he hopes people like dragons and griffins because there'll suddenly be a lot of them around. He has had four previous books published as Seth Patrick. Songs of Magic: A...

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