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Darian Smith

I’m a writer and reader of fiction and live in Auckland, New Zealand. While I have dabbled in non-fiction, my true love is crafting exciting stories that interest and move me – and hopefully my readers! I mainly write fantasy. I’m a member of SpecFicNZ, an organisation for writers of speculative fiction here in New Zealand, and also of RWNZ. I’ve won the Koru award and the Sir Julius Vogel award. My literary agent is Word|Link. In my day job, I’m a Fieldworker for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. I’m also a counsellor/family therapist. I live with my beautiful partner, who is also a writer, and two naughty black cats named Apollo and Athena. The cats don’t write.

Kalanon's Rising

"In a kingdom threatened by war, Sir Brannon Kesh investigates an explosive mystery with ties to dark magic. Can he and an unlikely band of allies prevent a conspiracy from dragging their world to its doom?
Sir Brannon Kesh spent years building a new life as a physician, leaving the name Bloodhawk and the war that spawned it behind. But when the King's cousin is murdered, duty calls him back. The crime scene suggests dark magic and the evidence points to the ambassador of Nilar, an alluring woman with secrets of her own, who sees Bloodhawk as little more than a war criminal.
As bodies pile up and political ramifications escalate, Brannon must join forces with a vain mage, a socially awkward priest, and a corpse animating shaman to solve the murders and prevent another war. But who can he trust when the phases of a bigger plan take shape?
The Risen are the greatest danger Brannon has ever faced. If he and his team cannot stop the killer then all of Kalanon - and the world - will descend into darkness."

Starlight's Children

"Something is hunting children in the streets of Alapra.
Sir Brannon Kesh, once known as the Bloodhawk, is keen to affirm his new position as an investigator of unusual crimes but neither he or his team have ever seen a monster like this. Children are disappearing and their parents are being murdered, their hearts turned to glass. If Brannon can’t find and stop the culprit, all of Kalanon could be at risk.
The team’s poisons expert, Brother Taran is facing childhood issues of his own as the trauma from his past life returns to haunt him. Monsters come in many forms and Taran knows this better than most. No one truly escapes the Children of Starlight."

Starlight's Children

"Something is hunting children in the streets of Alapra.
Sir Brannon Kesh, once known as the Bloodhawk, is keen to affirm his new position as an investigator of unusual crimes but neither he or his team have ever seen a monster like this. Children are disappearing and their parents are being murdered, their hearts turned to glass. If Brannon can’t find and stop the culprit, all of Kalanon could be at risk.
The team’s poisons expert, Brother Taran is facing childhood issues of his own as the trauma from his past life returns to haunt him. Monsters come in many forms and Taran knows this better than most. No one truly escapes the Children of Starlight."

Currents of Change

"Haunted house. Haunted heart.
When Sara O’Neill goes on the run, she believes the tiny New Zealand town of Kowhiowhio is just the sanctuary she needs. Her family’s old colonial house needs repair, but it’s safe from the abusive husband she left behind. However, a hostile local holds a grudge and a dangerous presence haunting her new home threatens Sara’s chance at peace. How can she create a new life while dealing with ghosts from the old?
For local electrician, Nate Adams, parenting his young daughter alone has not been easy - particularly in a town where he is still seen as an outsider. When he meets his new neighbour, he sees a chance at a new start for them both. Even with his help, can the house – or Sara’s heart – be repaired?
Someone doesn’t want an O’Neill in Kowhiowhio. Sara’s return is awakening secrets hidden for generations.
Why has the house never had electricity? What was the fate of Sara’s ancestors?
Can she discover the ghost’s story before it’s too late?
The truth will set…something…free."

Shifting Worlds

"Drag queens fight zombies with the help of a disabled neighbour.
An immigrant artist hopes love conquers all.
Deep space explorers wrestle with an alien artifact.
A superhero is locked in an insane asylum.
These 16 stories span the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi, and literary fiction, and cause the characters’ worlds to fundamentally change. Includes several prize winning stories as well as some that are seen for the first time in this collection.
""Never fails to entertain and surprise...this collection has it all."" - Jennifer Fallon"

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