After playing a forbidden spell-song to save a village from rats, 12-year-old piper Patch Brightwater is thrown in jail. But there he meets Wren - a noble girl under a rat-shaped curse - and together they befriend Barver, a fearsome dracogriff, and set off on a grand adventure filled with sorcerers, dragons, bandits...and one very deadly enemy. From the depths of the Tiviscan dungeons to the highest peak of Gemspar Mountain, this stunning book reminds us of the soaring joy of adventure, the captivating danger of magic, and of the delight of finding friends in unexpected places. AUTHOR: S.A. Patrick studied Mathematics at Cambridge before beginning a career in programming within the gaming industry; Songs of Magic: A Darkness of Dragons is his first novel for children. He has previously written books for adults including The Reviver supernatural thriller trilogy and the novelization of cult TV show The Returned (published by Pan Macmillan).