Justin Somper is the bestselling author with the Vampirates sequence.
The first title, Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean debuted in 2005 and has sold over 100,000 copies to date in the UK. Justin was dubbed “The Next Big Thing” by Sunday Times Magazine while, in Waterstone’s “Harry Potter Report”, the chain’s buyers selected Demons of the Ocean as their top recommendation for fans of Harry Potter. The Sunday Times said Vampirates “promises to be an addictive series”. The Evening Standard welcomed “a vivid and bloodthirsty debut”, whilst The Times acclaimed “a clever combination of two genres that could make it as popular as Pirates of the Caribbean”.
With Demons of the Ocean, Justin won the Birmingham KS3 “Explores” Book Award and the Solihull Children’s Book Award. He was runner-up in the North East Children’s Book Award and short-listed for the prestigious Red House Children’s Book Award. Justin’s work has also won praise from fellow children’s book authors including Darren Shan who calls it, “An intriguing mix of piracy and vampirism. Justin Somper has brought new terrors to the blood-drenched seas – bravo!!!”
There are now six titles in the Vampirates sequence (not including Dead Deep):
Book 1: Demons of the Ocean (2005)
Book 2: Tide of Terror (2006)
Book 3: Blood Captain (2007)
Book 4: Black Heart (2009)
Book 5: Empire of Night (2010)
Book 6: Immortal War (2011)
As if writing each book in the sequence isn’t enough, Justin also finds time to reply to the comments and queries left by his readers on vampirates.co.uk and Facebook. To celebrate a launch of VAMPIRATES: EMPIRE OF NIGHT, Justin participated in a live event with bittenbybooks, where he chatted live on-line with fans globally.
Traveling to festivals, schools and libraries is a highlight of Justin’s year, when he gets the opportunity to meet avid readers and aspiring young writers. Since the publication of Vampirates internationally, Justin has completed events throughout the UK, in France, Australia, Sweden, and the USA – where it’s not out of the question for fans to drive across state lines for the chance to meet Captain Somper!
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What follows are two chapters, which were deleted from the final edit of VAMPIRATES: IMMORTAL WAR. Be warned, if you haven’t yet read IMMORTAL WAR, you might not want to read them as they are sprinkled with plot spoilers! These two chapters – “Love and War” and “The Warrior in Winter” - show Bo Yin and the Federation’s newest captain, Moonshine Wrathe, making a journey to Lantao Island to collect more swords from Bo’s father, swordsmith Master Yin. But when they arrive at Bo’s home, there’s a nasty surprise in wait for them… These two chapters …
Bo Yin had rarely felt happier. It was as if every step in her life had been leading her to this point. Here she was sailing a Federation launch, under the command of the charming and devilishly handsome Moonshine Wrathe, on the way to Lantao Island. Catching up with her father was always a treat but she knew that this time she was returning home as a fully-fledged pirate. Master Yin had had mixed feelings about Bo’s choice of career but, in the end, he had realised that nothing should – or could - get between Bo and her destiny. …
“Who are you?” Moonshine asked a second time of the young man standing before him, twin katanas drawn. “My name,” said the stranger, a half-smile flickering on his face, “is Nianzu Yin.” “Yin?” Moonshine repeated. “Yes,” the stranger nodded, emphatically. He lifted one of the katanas but it was clear from his stance that he was not attacking Moonshine but merely pointing towards Bo Yin. “I’m little Bo’s cousin. I’ve been drafted in to help my uncle with production of his swords.” Nianzu shook his head. “Don’t you remember me, Bo?” Bo …