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About Sophie Masson
Born in Indonesia of French parents, Sophie Masson was sent to live with her paternal grandmother in Toulouse, France, when she was just a baby and lived there till she was nearly five, when her parents came back from Indonesia and took her to Australia. All the rest of her childhood, the family stayed in Australia, with frequent trips back to France, and this dual heritage underpins a good deal of Sophie's work.
Sophie's first book appeared in 1990 and since then she has published more than seventy novels, mainly for children and young adults, but with several for adults as well. She has won several awards andher books have been published in Australia, the USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, and many other countries. She has also had many short stories and articles published in newspapers, magazines, and online journals. She is a regular contributor to the writing blog Writer Unboxed(www.writerunboxed.com)
Sophie Masson lives in the high, cool New England tableland area of Northern New South Wales, Australia, with her husband. She has three grown-up children and four young grand-children. She holds a PhD from the University of New England (Australia) and in 2019 was awarded an AM in the order of Australia Honours List for her service to literature. A former Chair of the Australian Society of Authors, she is the current Chair of the New England Writers' Centre, and is on the Bord of the Small Press Network as well as on the committee of the New England and North West sub-branch of the Children's Book Council of NSW.
Sophie's website is at www.sophiemasson.org
She has a writing blog at www.firebirdfeathers.com
Titles By Sophie Masson
It was meant to be the experience of a lifetime, for Australian twin sisters Helen and Alex Dorian, to walk the famous Camino from Saint Jean Pied de Port in the French Basque country, to Santiago del Compostella in Spain. But Helen injures her leg on the very day they arrive in Saint Jean and has to stay behind in the town while Alex goes on alone.
A disappointed Helen tries to make the best of things and keep up with Alex via phone calls and blog posts, but it's not easy. But an unexpected meeting with Tony Garcia, an old schoolmate who is in Saint Jean to explore his Basque ancestral roots, begins to change things for Helen, as she and Tony investigate the mysteries surrounding his family's past.
And then Alex goes missing...
A lively, thoughtful short novel by award-winning writer Sophie Masson, A Hundred Words for Butterfly explores family relationships and the past's effect on the present, with a light touch and a vivid sense of place.
When Natasha is forced to take shelter from a sudden, terrible blizzard, she is lucky to see a mansion looming out of the snow. Inside it’s beautiful: the fire lit, the table set. But there is no one there. And on the walls, instead of paintings, are empty frames.
In the garden, she finds one perfect red rose about to bloom, a vivid splash of scarlet against the snow. Dreamily she reaches out a hand . . .
Only to have the master of the house appear – a terrifying, gigantic creature who looks like a cross between a bear and a man – and demand vengeance on her for taking his rose.
So begins an extraordinary adventure that will see Natasha plunged deep into the heart of a mystery. She begins to realise she has stumbled onto a great tragedy – a spell of revenge laid on the young man the Beast once was, devised by a powerful sorcerer.
But even if she can break the spell, the Beast she has now come to love will be snatched from her. Natasha will have a long journey, and many ordeals, ahead of her before there can be a happy ending.
Inspired by two beautiful Russian fairytales – The Scarlet Flower (the Russian version of Beauty and the Beast) and Fenist the Falcon, Scarlet in the Snow is a beguiling mix of magic, romance, adventure and mystery.
A bold, exciting novel with thrilling twists and turns, The Ghost Squad is a novel that will keep readers guessing – and keep them awake at night!
'Get set for a heart-stopping chase, a stunning near future world, and a desperate struggle to discover the truth about life, death and what comes next.' — Alison Goodman, author of the bestselling Dark Days series
'An action thriller that grapples with the biggest mystery of all: life after death.' — Michael Pryor, author of The Laws of Magic
'a dynamic and exciting thriller with smart, relatable characters...should appeal to fans of Stranger Things and readers of John Marsden's 'Tomorrow' books.' — Books+Publishing
Lured into the world of the magical korrigans, the young twins, Tiphaine and Gromer, may never break their enchantment. But Tiphaine's bright mind sees that not only korrigans may discover hidden powers within themselves. In the human world, young Bertrand du Guesclin fights in the wars — until, in a strange wood, he senses the dangerous presence that will transform his life.
"Reading one of Sophie Masson's books is like standing on top of a lonely mountain at midnight, under a star-filled sky... Her work has that same sense of clarity, magic, and mystery..."
When Kasper joins the elite guard watching over a dangerous prisoner in a tower, he believes he is protecting his country from a powerful witch.
Until one day he discovers the prisoner is a beautiful princess – Izolda of Night– who is condemned by a prophecy to die on her eighteenth birthday. Kasper decides to help her escape. But their hiding place won’t remain secret forever.
Will they find their happily ever after?
'A deftly woven tale of warring kingdoms and the redeeming power of love. Another winner from Sophie Masson.' - Juliet Marillier, author of the Shadowfell series
Tattercoats lives with her cold grandfather and has just two friends: a servant, Malkin, and a gooseherd, Pug. When an invitation arrives to a ball at the queen’s court, Tattercoats is desperate to go—how can Malkin and Pug help her get there?
First published in 1998, Cold Iron is an enticing novel of fantasy and magic inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Cinderella-like fairytale ‘Tattercoats’, set in Elizabethan England.
Sophie Masson AM is an award-winning, bestselling author. She’s written over 70 books, mostly for children and young adults. For more visit www.sophiemasson.org.
‘The Firebird is a spellbinding story set in the splendours and savageries of old Russia.’ — Libraries Australia
On the night of her engagement, Princess Tamara is caught in the palace garden with her fiancé’s brother, Ivan. They claim to have been watching a firebird, a rare and wonderful creature—and it’s true: the bird has left a feather. The Tsar, desperate for the bird, promises half his kingdom to whoever finds it. This might just give Princess Tamara and Ivan the chance to live happily ever after.
First published in 2001, The Firebird was shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards Science Fiction and Fantasy that same year.
Sophie Masson is an award-winning author of over 70 books for children, young adult and adults across a range of genres including fantasy, mystery, history, thrillers, ghost stories and fairy tales. Her most recent books include the YA speculative fiction novel, The Ghost Squad (2021), and Magical Tales from French Camelot (2021). In 2019 she was awarded AM (General Division) in the Order of Australia ‘For significant service to literature as an author, publisher, and through roles in industry organisations’. For more information visit www.sophiemasson.org.
Every year the medieval village of Crundall has a fair. This year there’s a new attraction: a merman. When Jack Fisher sees him, he’s as surprised as everyone else, but unlike the others, Jack doesn’t just see a mythical sea creature—and stranger still, looking back at him, the merman doesn’t just seem to see an ordinary teenager. So begins Jack’s discovery of his real origins and the watery green kingdom where all is not well…
First published in 2000, the following year The Green Prince was adapted for the stage and shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Sophie Masson AM is an award-winning author of over 70 books for children, young adult and adults across a range of genres including fantasy, mystery, history, thrillers, ghost stories and fairy tales. Her most recent books include the YA speculative fiction novel, The Ghost Squad (2021), and Magical Tales from French Camelot (2021). She was awarded AM (General Division) in the Order of Australia in 2019 ‘For significant service to literature as an author, publisher, and through roles in industry organisations’. For more information visit www.sophiemasson.org
Bianca and her glamorous model stepmother are preparing for Bianca’s Presentation Ball. Bianca is so looking forward to it. She only wishes her father could be here with her, instead of away on business. When she hears after the ball that her father is ill, she doesn’t notice that newspaper The Mirror has summed up the ball guests with this fatal sentence: ‘Lepmest has a new Fairest Lady, and her name is – Bianca.’
But though Bianca doesn’t notice, her stepmother certainly does. And very soon Bianca will learn the true nature of the woman whom she trusted and who she thought loved her and her father. Plunged into a terrifying world that will turn her from a daughter of privilege to a hunted creature in fear of her life, Bianca must find allies if she is to survive . . .
Dark secrets. Darker magic. Sophie Masson's reimagined Snow White will leave you breathless.
I am in a world deeply strange and strangely deep, a world as different from my old life as it's possible to be, and it feels completely natural.
An unexpected encounter with a handsome stranger in a Russian wood changes the life of 22-year-old traveler Helen Clement forever, catapulting her into a high-stakes world of passion, danger, and mystery. Tested in ways she could never have imagined, she must keep her own integrity in a world where dark forces threaten and ruthlessness and betrayal haunt every day.
Set against a rising tide of magic and the paranormal in a modern Russia where the terrifying past continually leaks into the turbulent present, Trinity: The Koldun Code is a unique and gripping blend of conspiracy thriller, erotically charged romance and elements of the supernatural, laced with a murderous dose of company politics. With its roots deep in the fertile soil of Russian myth, legend, and history, it is also a fascinating glimpse into an extraordinary, distinctive country and amazingly rich culture.
The Koldun Code is the first book in the Trinity series by Sophie Masson.