Five Kingdoms: Skyraiders by Brandon Mull

Five Kingdoms: Skyraiders

Written by Brandon Mull

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Fans of Percy Jackson will love this brand new fantasy series for 9+ readers from the number one New York Times bestselling author Brandon Mull. A brilliant fantasy adventure spliced through with humour, magic and fear.


Five Kingdoms: Skyraiders by Brandon Mull

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when he and his friends break into a spooky house with the scariest rep in town, it turns out to be the start of an adventure on a whole different level! As his friends are mysteriously sucked away into another realm, Cole dives in after them and finds himself in a magical place called The Outskirts. Made up of five kingdoms, The Outskirts lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, between life and death. It's an in-between place. And once you find your way to the Outskirts, it's very hard to leave...

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"Brandon Mull is a wizard with words…he has conjured one of the most original
fantasies I've read in years-an irresistible mix of adventure, humour, and magic ."
Rick Riordan on Beyonders

"One of the most enjoyable fantasies I've read." Christopher Paolini on Fablehaven

"Like Harry Potter, Fablehaven looks like a book for kids, but, like Harry Potter,
Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grown-ups as for children." Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game, on the Fablehaven series

About the Author

Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Beyonders and Fablehaven series. He resides in Utah, in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and four children.

A Q&A with Brandon Mull

I love building fantasy worlds. It takes time to establish a fantasy world in a novel. Having multiple books gives me room to set up elaborate worlds with interesting creatures and to tell stories there. I feel like it gets easier to tell grander stories with more twists in my later books after having set up the fantasy scenario.

I love fantasy stories, and I love big adventure in general. So I try to write the kind of stories I like to read. My goal is to show relatable characters facing interesting problems.

I daydream all the time. It’s how I cope with reality when life gets boring. If I’m stuck in traffic, waiting in line, taking a shower, trying to sleep, or whatever, I escape into my imagination. Some of the stuff I daydream about is useless, but sometimes I stumble across ideas that excite me. When I write, I’m sharing my coping mechanism with everybody.

I keep learning how important characters are to a story. If readers like the right characters, get annoyed by the right characters, hate the right characters, and laugh at the right characters, the story will matter to them and draw them in. They will care what happens to the characters. I spend a lot of time thinking about characters I would like to spend time with, and then I hope that readers will feel the same way.

My school librarians helped reinforce my love of reading by reading to us and guiding us toward worthwhile books with book talks. I’m thrilled that now I get to work with librarians across the country to help kids learn to read for fun.

Kids ask me to sign their foreheads (or hands or arms) with Sharpies. I always tell them I need their parent’s permission before I can cover them with graffiti. One kid then brought his parent to a signing, so I signed his forehead as requested.

The next kingdom is called Elloweer. It is a kingdom of seemings (illusions) and changelings (people who have been magically altered). There are more magical races native to Elloweer than any of the other kingdoms. Many surprises await our characters there, including a rogue knight determined to defeat the champions of the cities of Elloweer.

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432 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

17th July 2014




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