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Demons of the Ocean

Written by Justin Somper

Part of the Vampirates Series

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

LoveReading View on Demons of the Ocean

Question: pirates, or vampires? Answer: Both!

Set in a distant future on the romantic sounding Crescent Moon Bay in Australia, Somper’s story exuberantly and swashbucklingly combines two fiction favourites – pirates and vampires, and challenges our views of both. Twins Connor and Grace are left alone in the world when their lighthouse keeper father dies. They take his boat and head out to sea, only to run into a storm. Both are plucked from the ocean – Connor by pirates, Grace by the crew of a strange vessel – vampires! The action alternates between the two as secrets emerge, before the twins are reunited, but set for more adventure. With a wonderful cast of characters, some fabulous set scenes, and clever plotting, this is a hugely entertaining read and highly recommended, whether you’re team Pirates of the Caribbean or team Twilight! 

Andrea Reece

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This is a revamped new edition of the bestselling Vampirates series, with new exclusive content added!

First published in 2005, the Vampirates series became an instant bestseller. Over 100,000 copies sold worldwide, published in over 34 countries & translated into 24 languages.

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Demons of the Ocean Synopsis

The year is 2512. The oceans have risen. A new dawn of piracy has begun.

Following the sudden death of their father, teenage twins Grace and Connor Tempest hastily depart the suffocating small town of Crescent Moon Bay in their dad's old sailing boat. Caught in a vicious storm, they are shipwrecked and separated in the cold, cruel ocean. Connor is saved by Cheng Li, Deputy Captain of The Diablo - the notorious pirate ship, captained by flamboyant rule-breaker and pirate royalty, Molucco Wrathe. Grace, meanwhile, is taken by handsome Midshipman Lorcan Furey, onto a mysterious ship with no name, a blood-red deck and an enigmatic, seemingly absent, Captain.

In a world of danger and secrets, will the twins ever be reunited?

Demons of the Ocean Press Reviews

“Totally original…I wish I’d had this idea.” Anthony Horowitz

“Justin Somper has brought new terrors to the blood-drenched seas – bravo!” Darren Shan


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ISBN: 9781912979110
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912979110
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: Justin Somper
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 312 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical

About Justin Somper

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, ...

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