Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Paperback)

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark breathes new life into established fantasy traditions. Familiar themes of a reluctant orphan hero, secret orders, and parallel dimensions, take surprising twists and turns, buoyed by unusually fine writing and well developed characters. A deeply satisfying fantasy Knights of the Borrowed Dark is a perfect book to share with a young reader or to give to an older one.

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This imaginative fantasy about the monsters that lurk in the dark will thrill fans of Ranger’s Apprentice and Rick Riordan.
Denizen Hardwick is an orphan, and his life is, well, normal. Sure, in storybooks orphans are rescued from drudgery when they discover they are a wizard or a warrior or a prophesied king. But this is real life—orphans are just kids without parents. At least that’s what Denizen thought...
On a particularly dark night, the gates of Crosscaper Orphanage open to a car that growls with power. The car and the man in it retrieve Denizen with the promise of introducing him to a long-lost aunt. But on the ride into the city, they are attacked. Denizen learns that monsters can grow out of the shadows. And there is an ancient order of knights who keep them at bay. Denizen has a unique connection to these knights, but everything they tell him feels like a half-truth. If Denizen joins the order, is he fulfilling his destiny or turning his back on everything his family did to keep him alive?

About the Author

Dave Rudden enjoys cats, adventure, and being cruel to fictional children. Knights of the Borrowed Dark is his first novel. Find him at and on Twitter at @d_ruddenwrites.

Praise For…

“Scary and funny—my two favorites. Dave Rudden is more than a rising star; he is a shooting star.” —Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series
“Like the Percy Jackson series, the Hunger Games, or the Shiver trilogy, Knights of the Borrowed Dark is dark and compelling, and builds an addictive universe of characters, high stakes, and evocative imagery.” —Jeffrey Cranor, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Welcome to Night Vale
“Dave Rudden has a way with words, a way with story, and a way with characters. Clear some time in your schedule before you read this, because once you start, it is very difficult to stop.” —Joseph Fink, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Welcome to Night Vale
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553523003
ISBN-10: 0553523007
Publisher: Yearling
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Knights of the Borrowed Dark