Justin Somper is the award-winning author of eight novels for young people, all with a focus on high-octane fantasy adventure, driven by strong, complex characters. His ‘Vampirates’ sequence comprises of six main novels and has been published in 35 countries and 25 languages. The first title, ‘Demons of the Ocean’, has sold over 100,000 copies in the UK and Ireland alone, whilst the sequence as a whole has sold over a million worldwide. His World Book Day title, ‘Vampirates: Dead Deep’, debuted in the Top Ten Bestsellers list in the UK.
Following the sudden death of their father, twins Grace and Connor Tempest hastily depart the suffocating small town of Crescent Moon Bay in their dad s old sailing boat. Caught in a vicious storm, they are shipwrecked and separated in the cold, cruel ocean. Connor is saved by Cheng Li, Deputy Captain of The Diablo the notorious pirate ship, captained by flamboyant rule-breaker and pirate royalty, Molucco Wrathe. Grace, meanwhile, is taken by handsome Midshipman Lorcan Furey, onto a mysterious ship with no name, a blood-red deck and an enigmatic, seemingly absent, Captain. In a world of danger and secrets, will the twins ever be reunited?
‘A swaggering tale of excitement and adventure that thrills from the very first sentence.’ – Cressida Cowell
‘Did you ever read that book you wish you’d written? ‘Vampirates’ is that book for me.’ – Eoin Colfer
‘Totally original… I wish I’d had this idea!’ – Anthony Horowitz