Karen Brooks

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Associate Professor Karen Brooks is Deputy Head of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University in Lismore and has a PhD in cultural studies.

Renowned internationally for her work on popular culture, Karen is also a dynamic and award-winning teacher.

She is a columnist for The Courier Mail and an 'expert' on Channel 7's SUNRISE, THE MORNING SHOW and TODAY TONIGHT. She is also a regular on ABC's THE EINSTEIN FACTOR as part of the Brains Trust.

Author of the popular Cassandra Klein quartet and RIFTS THROUGH QUENTARIS, Karen's first non-fiction book CONSUMING INNOCENCE: POPULAR CULTURE AND OUR CHILDREN was published in 2008 to rave reviews.

In recognition of the public debates she has stimulated and her academic and creative contributions to Australian and global society, she is cited in WHO’S WHO OF AUSTRALIAN WOMEN 2007-2009.

Karen has a wonderful partner, Stephen, and two children, and shares her house with three dogs, a cat and an assortment of chickens and sheep as well as resident birdlife and possums.

She lives in a place known as the Rainbow Region which is the perfect environment for writing fantasy.

Karen Brooks books reviewed


The Curse of the Bond Riders

  • Tallow (2009)
    On the edge of a mystical border called the Limen, close to a beautiful canal-laced city, a humble candlemaker rescues a child whom he raises as his apprentice. Years pass and the child’s unusual talents are revealed, the gentle art of candlemaking slowly transforming into something far more sinister. Lingering in the shadows, enemies watch and wait - a vengeful aristocrat, an exotic queen and the lethal creatures known only as the Morte Whisperers. They hunger after the child’s ancient magic and will do anything to control it - betray, lie, manipulate. Even murder. A story of intrigue, deadly magic and a love so deep it transcends life itself.
  • Votive (2011)
    La Serenissima - a beautiful but deadly city where corrupt aristocrats rule and everything, including love, has a price. Tallow is anything but a simple candlemaker and when she has everything taken away from her - friends, family, hope - all she can do to survive is rely on the Maleovellis. Casting aside the safety of her disguise, she becomes cold-hearted Tarlo, female courtesan and the toast of those who, if they knew her secret, would destroy her. But the intrigues of the Serenissian nobility are nothing against the larger forces moving within the world. And Tallow's enemies have a hidden asset: the one thing they know she cannot possibly resist.