Picus has a lot of powerful enemies. His aristocratic parents have disowned him for supposedly being a coward; the violent vampire knight, Raben, is after him to exact revenge for theft; the faie, Queen Mab (aka the Tooth Fairy), wants his teeth; and the vampire Eltern want him to steal the sacred sword of Exkylipyr for them, or else lock him up in a dungeon. In the course of avoiding Raben and Mab, he goes to Angleland, befriends the humans and the witch Ambrosias, and manages to win (not steal) the sword he was sent to pinch. But on his return he faces the ultimate test: to keep Exkylipyr from his family and thereby prevent her from starting a civil war amongst the leading vampire houses and knights. Small Vampires is essentially an Arthurian grail quest trilogy for young adults, set amongst vampires and other fantastical creatures in the Hidden Kingdom. After a period of several millennia, this fantasy world is beginning to clash with the human world, with supernatural consequences. Start following Picus s adventures and visit the magical world of the Hidden Kingdom in the award-winning first book in the Small Vampires series.
Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, some under the nom de plume R.S Harding. He has also written books on the swashbuckling world of business: How to Make a Good Living Running Your Own Business, Kicking the Property Ladder and Start up Smart, all published by Harriman House.
Robin has mentored a number of young people hoping to make a start in business and has spoken at conferences on fantasy literature. His first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer's News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012.
"Robin Bennett's Picus the Thief is that seemingly impossible take on the genre - funny, intelligent, imaginative
story-telling that mixes Arthurian legend with faeries and vampires and comes
up with a unique mix of all three."
"Aimed at the young adult market, the world building is
incredible and it's almost impossible not to become immersed in this
fantastically realised world of charm and grandeur. The characters are just as
lively too, Picus is brilliant as a small but almost indestructible,
irrepressible vampire thief who throws himself head first at life's little
“ … dynamic characters,
stunning visuals, non-stop action, comedic banter, … Picus the Thief gets 10 out of 10 stars from The Review Board.”
"Picus the Thief is highly original, beautifully
imaginative and utterly engaging. It is no mean feat that the author has managed to create a series of
interconnected worlds, a loveable central character, as well as a host of other
characters that all have genuine depth.”
"I think there's so much that's good, fun and funny
here. It's so imaginative and filled with great details..."