Today the first storybook based on the best-selling Skylanders video game launches, hitting the Kindle four months before its paperback debut. Skylanders: The Machine of Doom is written by the mysterious Onk Beakman.
But who is this peculiarly monikered author?
Why, me of course!
This is news I’ve been wanting to blab since I started working on the books at the end of last year.
Writing as the aforementioned Mr Beakman I have written the first in what hopefully will become a series of adventures for Spyro the Dragon and chums.
For those who don’t know, Skylanders burst on the video games scene last october, a revolutionary concept of combining toys and games consoles. When you buy the game you also receive a Portal of Power and three action figures. Pop your action figure on the Portal while playing the game and the character appears on-screen. Simple. The game was an instant success, topping every children’s gaming chart in existence and a sequel is due later this year.
The Skylanders themselves are heroes who protect the magical realm of Skylands from the forces of Darkness, primarily a nasty little twerp by the name of Kaos.
In The Machine of Doom Spyro, Gill Grunt, Eruptor and Boomer (an explosive-loving Troll and possibly one of my favourite characters in the Skylander universe) must stop Kaos getting his grubby paws on an ancient and deadly weapon. Along the way they face danger, perils and flying sheep.
The e-book edition is published by Sunbird and will be followed by a paperback edition in August and the Official 2013 Skylanders Annual, also written by yours truly.
Now if you excuse me, I have an ugly bunch of evil minions to beat on the next level of Skylanders.
Well, it is research after all…
The Machine of Doom is also now available on iTunes too!