HELEN LOWE is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster and poet. The Heir of Night, her first novel in THE WALL OF NIGHT quartet, won the Sir Julius Vogel Award 2011 for Best Novel and is published in the USA, the UK and Australia/NZ, with publication forthcoming in The Netherlands and France. Her first novel, Thornspell, won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel: Young Adult in 2009. Helen has a second-dan black belt in the martial art aikido and represented her university at fencing. She is fascinated by history and astronomy and also enjoys blogging.