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New Release: The Tae'anaryn and the Wizard's Apprentice

New Release: The Tae'anaryn and the Wizard's Apprentice

"Choice, set free."

The Tae'anaryn and the Wizard's apprentice – an unforgettable adventure.


Kidnapped and tormented by an evil archmage who wants them to learn to harness the power of evil, Kialessa and her part dragon friend Piex must find unexpected allies in their plans for escape. It's not the wicked goblins that worry them, or the troll infested swamp, or even the towering rot dragon that keeps them there, but a simple riddle. Will they ever be able to return to their king and college again?

The Tae'anaryn and the Wizard's Apprentice is a fantasy adventure, by Dr Joe Ireland, about a little girl who is a lot different. She and her best friend find themselves prisoners of a powerful wizard, who promises them freedom if they can best his most challenging riddle: what is evil? With friends and family praying for their freedom, desperate attempts to escape, and finding friends in the most unlikely of places, what will it take to find freedom in a place that embraces evil?

The book is already receiving great feedback from its young readers. Emily, an avid reader said, "Wonderful!" Vanessa, a gifted young reader, proclaimed it, "just as good as the first book, but with dragons!"

Author Dr Joe, a touring science education specialist, designed the book series 'The Tae'anaryn' to align with the ethics and humanities curriculum in Australia. The Wizard's Apprentice is intended to be a 'thinking' book that discusses challenging issues, set at the safe distance of a fantasy setting, and at the same time to be thoroughly engaging.

"This book is not only entertaining, it is helpful," says Dr Joe. "How do you deal with the challenges of being away from friends and family? How do we confront those who have much more power than us, and intend to use it to force us to make choices we don't want? How does one confront a challenging problem such as defining what you consider to be 'evil'?"

Dr Joe has a lifelong passion for philosophy, science, and fantasy, having written several academic papers for the international journals of science education, as well as award winning fantasy for the Dungeons & Dragons Living Greyhawk fantasy campaign setting. Dr Joe lives in Brisbane with his wife and three daughters.

The Tae'anaryn and the Wizard's Apprentice is available in all good bookstores or buy online now.

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An interview with Dr Joe

I am Dr Joe, scientist, author, edutainer. This means I go about trying to get children (and teachers) to understand how to create knowledge through science. I have a lifelong passion for philosophy (particularly epistemology) science (as a social phenomenon) and fantasy, having written award winning fantasy for the Living Greyhawk campaign setting. I enjoy spending time with my wife and family, attending church, and in challenging people in what they think and in what they think about what they think. I also play flute. 

Question 1: What was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?

The X-or story, based off a dream I had when I was 8, and it's taken over 30 years to write down. One day, we will publish, but not yet.

Question 2: What was your first book published?

The Tae'anaryn. My sci fi story Arrendrallendriania came out first, as a self published book, but I don't really count that since I learnt everything I learnt about writing by working with the talented staff and authors at Wombat Books, who published The Tae'anaryn.

Question 3: What is your favourite part about being an author?

Disappearing into a fantasy world of my own creation.

Question 4: What is the hardest part about being an author?

Being avid enough to love it, but not established enough to give up my day job.

Question 5: What do you do for fun?

I write.

Question 6: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?

I read them to my children, and sometimes to select fans.

Question 7: What was your favourite children's book when you were a kid?

The stories my Dad made up at bedtime. Trumps all.

Question 8: What is your favourite children's book now?

The Tae'anaryn. I would have loved that book as a child!

Question 9: Have you ever travelled overseas as an author?

No. The internet is as far as I'd like to travel outside Australia, at least at this point in my life.

Question 10: Have you met anyone even more famous than you that was exciting?

Yes. Small children are often more enthusiastic to see me than they are to see themselves. Hang on, is that what you meant? Did I misunderstand that question? (adjusts microphone nervously).

Question 11: What writing genre do you like to do the most?

I know it may not show, but science fantasy. That's science fiction that's too unbelievable to be merely enhanced reality, yet given such plausible theory as to be almost? scientific.

Question 12: What do you consider your biggest achievement?

Marrying Samantha

Question 13: Where do you see the future of children's books (ebooks/apps/print)?

Books. We love paper, and turning pages. That'll never go completely out of style!

Question 14: What is your favourite way/time to read?

On a computer

Question 15: What book are you reading right now?

Motive Games, a good read!

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