Chasing the Valley

Escape is impossible. Escape is their only hope.

Danika is used to struggling for survival. But when the tyrannous king launches an attack to punish her city – echoing the alchemy bombs that killed Danika’s family – she risks her life in a daring escape over the city’s walls.

Danika joins a crew of desperate refugees who seek Magnetic Valley, a legendary safe haven. But when she accidentally destroys a palace biplane, suddenly Danika Glynn becomes the most wanted fugitive in Taladia.

Pursued by the king’s vicious hunters and betrayed by false allies, Danika also grapples with her burgeoning magical abilities. And when she meets the mysterious Lukas, she must balance her feelings against her crew’s safety.

Chasing the Valley is the first book in an epic trilogy of magic, treachery and survival.

Release Date: 1st July 2013

Publisher: Random House Australia

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What are reviewers saying?

“[A] strong female heroine, dystopian action-packed adventure, solid plot… The drama starts on the first page and doesn’t let up. Great fun.” — Frances Atkinson, The Age

“I could not put this book down, the story line is amazing and full of adventure… Chasing The Valley is truly a gripping read that will leave you on the edge of your seat.” — Jodie, Aussie Bookworm 

“An insanely glorious blend of Steampunk Adventure and Dystopian Fantasy with a touch of Romance and the promise of a great series to follow. In other words… awesome!” — Sarah McDuling, Booktopia 

“[A]nother great young adult debut… even as an adult I’m looking forward to book two.” — Jen, The Co-Op Blog

Chasing the Valley is the young adult fantasy fusion novel of the year… I absolutely loved it and now eagerly awaiting the second in this epic trilogy.” — Kelly, The Diva Booknerd

“The story is utterly captivating; I could barely put it aside and found myself reading to the early hours of the morning.” — Chrissi, Galaxy Books

“‘Chasing the Valley’ could be the next dystopian hit… [It] will leave you wanting more.” — Marama Whyte, Hypable

“Give this book to your teenager to read, then ask to borrow it afterwards. It’s a cracking tale.” — Kaye Franklin, Sunshine Coast Daily

“Unpredictable and exciting, keeping the reader enchanted and wanting to hear more of this struggle for freedom and justice.” — Sarah Filkin, ReadPlus

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