y Broken Land Trilogy series - author   novel   fantasy   young adult  
Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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y The Changeling Sean Williams , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2007 Z1474335 2007 single work novel fantasy young adult

'Ros is in real danger. His family are so desperate to save their drought-stricken farm that they′ll sacrifice anything - even him - for rain. His only friend is Escher, an unseen entity with a voice that whispers in Ros′s head, continuously warning him to leave before it′s too late.

'Escaping from his vengeful family astride a stolen camel, Ros decides to try his luck in the desert, discovering along the way a power he never knew he had. Through Escher, Ros learns to control the Change, a magical force that taps into the land, the water, fire and the air. He also meets Adi, a girl from a travelling clan of nomads, who asks him to save her from a future she′s desperate to avoid.

'When tragedy strikes, Ros seeks help from a powerful Stone Mage, but when even she can′t save him, he starts to question everything that has happened on his journey. He must decide who is telling the truth, and who his real friends are.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y The Dust Devils Sean Williams , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2008 Z1474344 2008 single work novel fantasy young adult

'Adi′s body has been borne away across the desert by her Clan, but her spirit remains Ros′s constant companion. If he can′t find the travellers in time, Adi will be presumed dead and her body cremated, leaving her a ghost forever.

'But Ros is not prepared for the dangers lurking in the shifting sands. Rescued from bandits and Dust Devils by a boy named Yury, he takes refuge in Yury′s home - an extensive network of tunnels known as Dunetown - and learns that Yury in turn needs Ros′s help. His family has been kidnapped by the sand bandits, a ruthless gang led by a psychopath obsessed with treasure and power.

'Ros must learn to trust again, and to overcome those who cannot ever be trusted. Darker things lurk in the desert than Dust Devils and sand bandits. And, all the while, Adi′s voice is a constant reminder that time is running out ...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y The Scarecrow Sean Williams , Pymble : HarperCollins , 2009 Z1554176 2009 single work novel fantasy young adult

'Ros is heading for the coast with Adi and Know-it-All the camel, hoping to drop the crystal containing the Golem of Omus to the bottom of the ocean.

'Arriving in Samini, a small town on the outskirts of the Strand, the friends meet Quirk, who tells them outrageous stories about Ros's 'heroic' adventures. Ros doesn't suspect Quirk's treachery until he disappears - along with Varis, Adi's kinsman and bodyguard.

'Ros and Adi use the Change to track Varis down, but now they're up against the Scarecrow, a lethal amalgamation of man and material who will do anything to get hold of the power contained in the crystal Ros holds.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2007
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2007-2009 .

Works about this Work

Sean Williams in conversation with Satima Flavell Satima Flavell (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: The Specusphere , May no. 2 2008;
Sean Williams in conversation with Satima Flavell Satima Flavell (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: The Specusphere , May no. 2 2008;


2008 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division Best Long Fiction Shortlisted for the first two books in the series.
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