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Justin Somper - Author

About the Author

Justin Somper is the award-winning author of eight novels for young people, all with a focus on high-octane fantasy adventure, driven by strong, complex characters.

Justin’s Vampirates sequence comprises, to date, six main novels and has been published in 35 countries and 25 languages. The first title, Demons of the Ocean, has sold over 100,000 copies in the UK and Ireland alone, whilst the sequence as a whole has sold over a million worldwide. World Book Day title Vampirates: Dead Deep debuted in the Top Ten Bestsellers list. The Ultimate Book Guide says, “Vampirates are the perfect adventure stories, rollicking, romantic and utterly page-turningly breathtaking.” 

Justin is also the author of Allies and Assassins and its sequel A Conspiracy of Princes. The two books, published globally, are set in the fantasy kingdom of Archenfield, where Prince Anders has been assassinated and his brother Jared, aged just sixteen, has taken the throne. Publishers Weekly noted, “Somper breathes life into the inner workings of his fantasy kingdom, which feels like a lost European territory,” whilst Booktrust acclaimed “this clever blend of Game of Thrones-style fantasy with a classic murder mystery plot.”

Justin combines his writing career with a highly respected consultancy business offering PR, marketing and branding strategy for major authors and literary brands including Roald Dahl and Harry Potter. He trains fellow authors in the business side of publishing through AuthorProfile.

Featured books by Justin Somper

Other books by Justin Somper

Tempest & Furey

Tempest & Furey

Author: Justin Somper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

Bound together for the first time, two classic Vampirates novels follow Grace Tempest, and her brother, Connor, as they escape the town they grew up in in their father's sailing boat. When a violent storm capsizes their boat and leaves them fighting for life in the dark ocean, two shadowy ships sail to their rescue - each picking up one twin before disappearing into the mist. Grace is pulled from the waves by a mysterious Irishman, Lorcan Furey, but wakes to finds herself locked in a darkened cabin, as the ship's crew of vampirates wait for night to fall and their feasting to begin...At last reunited with her brother, Connor, Grace finds she cannot settle for pirate life. Nor can she shake the feeling that all is not well on the vampirate ship she has left behind. She fears for her new friend Lorcan - but dare she try to return to him?

Allies & Assassins: A Conspiracy of Princes Number 2 in series

Allies & Assassins: A Conspiracy of Princes Number 2 in series

Author: Justin Somper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2015

In the epic second book in the ALLIES & ASSASSINS sequence, Prince Jared is under attack from enemies on all sides... In seven days, the princedom of Archenfield will be invaded by its deadly rival - Paddenburg. Prince Jared determines to cross the borders and, in a race against time, recruit what strategic alliances he can. As the Prince and his team rides out, his cousin Axel Blaxland launches his own bid for the throne. Each member of the Council of Twelve falls prey to persuasion and manipulation as dangerous secrets and rivalries begin to emerge. Asta Peck, newest member of the Twelve, finds herself plunged into the dark heart of court politics and conspiracy. Identifying her own allies, she resolves to fight on Prince Jared's behalf until he is able to return home to defend himself. In a game of power, only the strongest will survive. Welcome back to Archenfield. Trust no-one.

Allies & Assassins

Allies & Assassins

Author: Justin Somper Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2014

Sixteen-year-old Jared is the newly crowned Prince of All Archenfield, ascending the throne after his older brother's mysterious death. But Jared feels reluctant and unprepared to rule the Princedom and its dangerous and powerful court. Like each Prince of All Archenfield before him, Jared must rely on the Council of Twelve to advise him. But he knows he can just as easily be at their mercy--especially when it appears that one of the Twelve might have orchestrated his brother's untimely death. Propelled by his rage over the loss of his brother and wary of all his advisors, Jared can trust only Asta: a clever, strong-willed girl from the settlements, currently serving as the Physician's apprentice. Asta and Jared take it upon themselves to hunt down his brother's assassin--though the assassin may be hunting them, as well. Murder, betrayal, and intrigue abound in Justin Somper's thrilling YA series debut. Exploring the political machinations of the medieval-esque court and the lives that hang in the balance, Allies & Assassins is a gripping tale of a teen torn between duty and revenge.

Allies and Assassins Number 1 in series

Allies and Assassins Number 1 in series

Author: Justin Somper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

They killed his brother. Now they're coming for him. . . As the second prince of Archenfield, Jared never asked to be more than the spare. But behind the walls of the castle is a dark and dangerous court where murder and intrigue are never far below the surface. Now his older brother is dead. The kingdom is his. And the target is on his back. Can he find the assassin before the assassin finds him?

Vampirates: Dead Deep

Vampirates: Dead Deep

Author: Justin Somper Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2013

When Connor Tempest and his swashbuckling pirate buddies get a rare break in their duties, they're in the mood for fun, sun and adventure. A chance meeting with the crew of The Lorelei seems to offer all that and more. Soon, Connor and co are learning to freedive into the amazing world far beneath the ocean's surface. But the pirates are further out of their depth than they realise. Under the water, danger is lurking - and it's going to take everything they've got to get out alive...