The sedentary and impractical Hoyle meets Sybil Alvaro in a used bookstore, and she invites him to follow in the footsteps of her favourite author in a search for the mysterious Bloodwood Staff. He’s spent his entire life reading vintage adventure action, and thinks he knows how these things should go.
In the mountains west of Sydney, his expectations are almost immediately derailed, as nobody – not Sybil, and certainly not the irrepressible Ada Drake, stand-in for the obligatory plucky urchin – behaves the way they’re supposed to.
As they gradually realise that their lighthearted adventure has put themselves and their loved ones in dire peril, Hoyle is forced to face the fact that he is woefully unsuited to be the stereotypical hero.
A deliberate subversion of adventure, fantasy and satire tropes, After the Bloodwood Staff is a brilliant and unexpected ride.
“Anyone who loves classic derring-do shouldn’t miss it.” – Steve Hockensmith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
“A delicate, hilarious balance between twenty-first century pragmatism and a yearning for a nobler past.” – Margo Lanagan, award-winning author of Sea Hearts, Black Juice and Red Spikes
ISBN: 978-1-922200-72-3 (pbk) | 978-1-922200-73-0 (ebook)
Trade paperback: 284 pages
Publication Date: 10 December 2016
RRP: AU $23.95 (pbk) | $5.99 (ebook)
Author website: www.lauraegoodin.com