Author(s): Brian Falkner
Fifteen-year-old Willem lives in hiding in a small Belgian village on the edge of the great Sonian Forest. Willem and his mother have been living in secret for most of his life since his father, a famous magician, fell out of favour with the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
It is a world not much different from our own, in which small "saurs" are part of everyday life. Some are farmed, some are pets, others more dangerous are avoided. There are rumours of even greater "saurs" roaming the uncharted islands of the Americas.
When a girl from the village is killed, it becomes obvious that there are hidden terrors in the forest and that they are connected with Napeoleon's plans to conquer Europe. But Willem has a secret that could interfere with the emperor's plans and Napoleon will stop at nothing to find him.
War is coming and young Willem is no longer safe, for the village of Gaillemarde is just a stone's throw from the fields of Waterloo - fields which will soon run red with blood.
A whip-smart historical fantasy mash-up that puts weapons of Jurassic destruction in the hands of one of the most famously ruthless military leaders.
Winner of the Young Adult category of the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Part historical fiction, part dinosaur fantasy mash-up, this book will appeal to history buffs and dinosaur fanatics alike. The battle scenes between Napoleon's army and the British are depicted in incredible detail, making readers feel as if they are right in the midst of the fight . . . The first of a promising duology that readers will find thrilling and positively addicting. " School Library Journal"
This alternative history asks, what if Napoleon won the battle at Waterloo . . . The novel quickly ramps up to suspense, immersing the reader in the swiftly moving plot. Characters are very well drawn, capturing the reader's sympathy. With an ending wide open for a sequel, complete with a plot-thickening cliff-hanger, one can only hope that Falkner is a swift writer. " Booklist"
Falkner gives Napoleon a toothy secret weapon in this decidedly alternate history. " Kirkus Reviews""
Brian Falkner was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, and now lives in Australia. He is the award-winning, best-selling author of several action-adventure novels, including "Battlesaurus: Invasion England," "Brainjack," and the Recon Team Angel series." "