Join the Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Join the Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Want to be become part of the world of Knights of the Borrowed Dark, win free books, find out new secrets about the Order and their dread enemies the Tenebrous, and find out about the next book in the series - The Forever Court?

1) Go to and click on the tab marked 'Join the Order'
2) Login or register with your or a parent's email account and a password of your choice. (We will never use this email to contact you, it's just so we can let you know if you've won!)
3) Click the red buttons to read secret lore or deleted chapters of Knights of the Borrowed Dark (keeping an eye on the spoiler guide so you don't ruin the book!)
4) Click the yellow buttons to be taken to one of Dublin's libraries. From there you can submit your own story, piece of Knightly knowledge or newspaper article about the world of the Order. It can be anything you want - a poem, a fight scene - it just has to be under 400 words and be set in or around that library!
5) The more entries we get, the more content will be unlocked. Your entries will go up on the site so your lore becomes part of the trilogy, and the best/weirdest entries will get a signed copy of KOTBD!
6) Entries close on March 10th. Best of luck!

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2017 Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read
2017 Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read
Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden is the chosen book for the 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children. Organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of its UNESCO City of Literature programme, this initiative with the aim of encouraging children to read for pleasure with a whole host of public events.

Full details will be revealed on the 18th of January at Copies of the book are available to borrow in all Dublin City Library branches!
Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Knights of the Borrowed Dark
‘Atmospheric, action-packed and powerfully imagined.’
The Sunday Times

Denizen Hardwick doesn't believe in magic - until he's ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight.

That kind of thing can really change your perspective.

Now Denizen is about to discover that there's a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits. Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark.

Unfortunately for Denizen, he's one of them . . .

Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Specsavers’ Children’s Book of the Year Award
Book Dave
Book Dave
Dave has performed in over a hundred libraries, schools and universities in Ireland, the UK and the US, as well as festivals, conferences and spoken word nights.

If you’re interested in booking Dave for a reading, workshop or event, click the CONTACT tab at the top of the page, or drop him a line at
About Dave
About Dave
Dave Rudden is an author, teacher and storyteller. He enjoys putting pens in his beard and being cruel to fictional children. Knights of the Borrowed Dark is his first novel, but you’re never getting rid of him now.

Click the ABOUT tab for a slightly more professional (cough, boring) list of things he’s done, the DAVE’S WORK tab to read some of his stories, the VIDEOS for a whole bunch of… videos and the CONTACT tab to book him for an event!
DAVE'S BLOG<BR /><br />


Beards, crisps and being cruel to fictional children



The award winning middle-grade trilogy from Puffin

BOOK DAVE<BR /><br />


Events, workshops and school visits