Rise of the Shadow Stealers

It’s the first day of term but the two apprentices soon realise something’s wrong. Things are going missing – including their own memories – and Scoop has the unsettling feeling that something is creeping in the shadows.

As the children search for answers, they become entangled with the life of the Storyteller, the island’s creator and king. They journey to his wedding banquet and find themselves uncovering a hidden past. What is their connection to this mysterious man? And is there more to him than meets the eye?

This is a story of murder, Dream Analysis, Plot Knotters, Noveltwist Cordial, an exploding casket, a girl called Wisdom and her magical treehouse, and the battle between the firebird princess and her shadowy nemesis.

The Shadow Stealers is published by John Hunt Publishing under their Our Street Books imprint.


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“…Pure, unadulterated magical goodness… I have already recommended it to the local primary school. I’ve recommended it to all my adult friends. My family. Everyone I know. I think I should stand in the middle of Leeds and shout it out for everyone to hear.

Clearly, I am a fan.”

Dani Reads  | Rise of the Shadow Stealers

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“This rollicking adventure follows two Apprentice Adventurers, Fletcher and Scoop, as they try to discover why people and objects are mysteriously disappearing from Blotting’s Academy on Fullstop Island, the place where story characters are trained. This complex story is reminiscent in tone of the Harry Potter series and Jeanette Winterson’s Tanglewreck. Packed with literary references and cleverness, it focuses on the age-old conflict between light and dark, good and evil, and on the power of story. An engaging read for 9- to 14-year-olds.”

Lucy Pearce on Rise of the Shadow Stealers  | Juno Magazine


“I love the world created for this story. 

The writing reminded me of that in a great picture book—the words flow, smooth and easy to read. They are nearly lyrical. The writing is some of the best I have read since becoming a book reviewer five years ago.  It was as much fun to read Rise of the Shadow Stealers as it was to read I Hate Picture Books. When the writing is that good, it almost matters none what the story is about, just let me keep enjoying the flow of the words.”

Suzanne Morris om Rise of the Shadow Stealers | Kids Lit Reviews


“Rise of the Shadow Stealers by Daniel Ingram-Brown is a new and wonderful fantasy book that will keep readers fully engrossed from start to finish.

Fletcher and Scoop are some of the most endearing characters that I have met. They fully embrace the clichés common in the Department of Adventures, as well as having their own intricate back-stories to give them a new feel.

This thrilling quest is a wonderful read for all fantasy junkies and is a great start to the Firebird Chronicles series!”

Zyllah on Rise of the Shadow Stealers | Miss Litterati


“This debut from Yorkshire author Daniel Ingram-Brown is a well-paced, absorbing read that will appeal to many adults as much as it does to children…

In the opening pages we’re greeted with a dead body, an enigmatic seer and a creepy ritual on the edge of a murky abyss, and the action continues thick and fast as the perky protagonists embark on a journey to the centre of the shadow stealing across the island. On the way they start to learn a little more about themselves, as the book starts to explore issues such as the purpose of a life, identity, and the role of stories in holding out world together.

Both the premise and the writing are reminiscent of other fantasy authors such as Terry Pratchett and in particular, Jasper Fforde, although this is certainly unique and interesting enough to stand firmly on its own two feet. Confident pre-teen readers will enjoy it as an intriguing adventure story, while older readers will enjoy reading between the lines for a more philosophical experience.”

Isobel Jokl on Rise of the Shadow Stealers  | Dig Yorkshire


“After both my children had devoured the book, I finally got to see what all the fuss was about, and I was instantly hooked. Fast paced and gripping, my son compares this to his favourite, Artemis Fowl, whilst my daughter declares it ‘a book you can lose yourself in.”

Platform Harrogate on Rise of the Shadow Stealers