David and the Heart of Aurasius

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R.J. Timmis

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When shy, lonely David finds a door into Esmorde - a world of magic, mythical creatures and barbarian warriors - he is sent on a perilous quest to return home and find a hero to break the Curse to End the World.



Short Summary

Deep inside a volcano, a lone dragonslayer hunts and kills Aurasius, the dragon sorcerer who has learned the dark art of soul stealing. Upon killing Aurasius, the Curse to End the World is released, slowly turning Esmorde to dust.

David fails to find a hero in his own world and returns to Esmorde. The Elders agree he has proven his worth as a hero and send him to break Aurasius' Curse, saving everything from turning to dust.


Regional Australia + the magical world of Esmorde

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: David Flynn

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Faithful,Insecure,Underdog,Modest,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Jeeka Foxglove

Age: 15

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Scud Millikins

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Crazy,Engaging,Heartthrob,Skillful,Funny

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

'David and the Heart of Aurasius' would kill as a movie or TV series. Aimed at 7-12 yr olds, the story is full of twists and action. David Flynn is shy and lonely, but learns he his made of tough stuff when he finds himself trapped in Esmorde, the home of earth's fantasy creatures. The dark sorcerer Aurasius has cursed Esmorde, slowly turning it to dust. As the Curse can only be broken by someone from David's own world, he is sent on a perilous journey through enchanted forests and beast-filled deserts, ever pursued by pirates, imps, witches and more, to return home and find a hero to break the spell. The story is rich with imaginative characters, such as Jeeka, half-elf and apprentice to Esmorde's ruler, and Scud, the affable farm boy cursed with a monkey's tail. Key themes of sacrifice and courage are played out against the environmental message that consumption is not the answer to happiness.

About The Author

R.J. Timmis is an award-winning fantasy author for children and illustrator of children's picture books . Her YA adventure novel, The Brothers of Turoc, was shortlisted for the Text Prize in 2011 and a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest.

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2010

Hard Copy Available