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Tark and Zyra are teenage thieves in a world of magic and science, where dragons and mages exist alongside drones and lasers. In their quest to reach Designers Paradise, they realise their world is not what it appears to be, and their sanctuary is about to face destruction…

Publisher: Ford Street Publishing (distributed by Macmillan Distribution Servicves)
ISBN: 9781876462864
RRP: $16.95

Gamer's Quest won a 2010 Chronos Award for speculative fiction.

Gamers' Quest is available in Australian bookshops. If your local bookshop doesn't have any in stock, get them to order copies.

You can also purchase copies online from, amongst other places, Boomerang Books, BooksDirect, Fishpond, or Ford Street Publishing.


Below, you can find out about some of the characters from the novel, as well as reading a few short excerpts.



Tark is a 16-year-old thief. He's handy with a sword and wears a cloak with magic properties but has still managed to acquire a few scars. With his partner in crime, Zyra, he seeks to steal enough money to gain entry to Designers Paradise. Tark specialises is robbing people travelling through the Forest.

Read an excerpt from the novel.



Zyra is a 16-year-old thief with a red mohawk and numerous piercings. She likes to dress for the occasion and always carries two knives and a set of throwing stars. With her partner in crime, Tark, she seeks to steal enough money to gain entry to Designers Paradise. Zyra specialises in robbing the homes of the ultra-rich people who live on the Hill.

Read an excerpt from the novel.


Princeling Galbrath

Galbrath is a 14-year-old princeling ruling over a small principality. He is spoiled, vengeful and determined to gain entry to Designers Paradise at any cost.

Read an excerpt from the novel.


The Cracker

The Cracker is a ruthless professional criminal. He'll take on any job, big or small, and he always has the right piece of technology for each job.

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The Fat Man

The Fat Man is the person who has a finger in every pie. He has enough money and power to do anything he likes, and yet he wants more. He has a deadly plan to achieve this. But his plan could result in the destruction of Designers Paradise... and The World.

Read an excerpt from the novel.


More Characters

The World of Gamers' Quest is also peopled with a host of other bizarre characters including:

  • Edgar the dragon and his enormous wife Vera
  • The ancient mage Windamore the Mighty and his replacement Skurgebroth the Undefeated.
  • The warrior monks from the Temple of Paths
  • The rat-mage of the sewers


But what is DESIGNERS PARADISE? And why does everyone want to get there?

Read the novel to find out.