THE WYVERN AND THE WOLF
The world is not as it once was...
Aeons have passed since a great doom befell the elder civilisation of Antediluvia, and what remains of its descendants now reside in the ruins of a shattered realm. But with the unearthing of an old prophecy comes an escalation of terrifying events…
When an otherworldly maelstrom appears in the sky, an ancient tree-dwelling creature saves a young girl from the maws of monsters to become her reluctant guardian in remote wilderness.
After a young samurai boy named Kiyoshi is spirited away to the mountain stronghold of a clan of ninja, he falls under the protection of their mysterious oyabun. But for how long?
Hunted by masked assassins, an elderly warrior is enlisted by a tribe of marauding cannibals to help arm them against a mutual enemy.
A pair of pariahs—an exiled sheikh and a heretic mathemajician—form an unlikely alliance in a sinister plot to exhume primeval technologies and seize a great power.
Rumoured to be the last of a race of immortal healers, a wandering witch becomes embroiled in a frightening conspiracy when she crosses paths with an infamous ronin outlaw. Accused of war crimes and worse, he flees the sadistic Burned priests of the Inquisition and the vengeful wrath of his old nemesis, the Shogun.
Meanwhile, the fanatical samurai of the Imperial White stand constant vigil over the gilded sarcophagus of their hibernating emperor, Uur the Undying. Few believe he shall ever rise again, and even those who know better, pray the same.
How all these things are interconnected remains unsure, yet one thing seems certain: forces unknown desperately want the boy Kiyoshi dead, and no one knows why.
The Wyvern and the Wolf was originally inspired by the concept of 'the Twelve Foot Ninja', a character and story first developed by Stevic Mackay of the band Twelve Foot Ninja and his wife, Fiona Permezel.
Partnering up with Mackay, Nicholas Snelling took elements of that initial concept, including some its central characters, and went and did his own thing.
The result is something the author calls “a prequel to a back story to an origin’s tale", and while the books remain loyal to certain key events set out in the original concept, it is a very different story, set in a much darker, bleaker world, and one that features a whole new cast of heroes, villains and other characters who occupy a morally ambiguous grey somewhere in between.
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BAREBUM BILLY is about a little boy, Billy Bottom, who loves to strip off and run around nude in the most inappropriate of places – his neighbours’ lawn, the supermarket, an art museum, the zoo, a golfing green, and even his local church!
Billy’s neurotic toy robot is horrified. His poor parents are embarrassed. Meanwhile, all sorts of conservative folk are fuming mad.
But one day Billy meets someone special who helps turn his skill for streaking stark naked into a wonderful career.
Written (and directed) by Nicholas Snelling and illustrated by Glen Le Lievre, BAREBUM BILLY is a wild, satirical romp that brings to mind the likes of Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson and Dr Suess, but with a few extra shots of red cordial.
BAREBUM BILLY has everything a future classic kids’ book should have – the catchy, rhyming verses; hilarious illustrations; a feel-good closing message; and a happily ever after. It’s also snort-drink-out-your-nostrils funny and absolutely irreverent. It really is one of those rare books that every adult will love to read to young kids, as much as every kid loves to have it read to them.