The Rephaim

The books

Shadows (The Rephaim Book I) by Paula Weston
Haze (The Rephaim Book II) by Paula Weston
Shimmer (The Rephaim Book III) by Paula Weston
Burn (The Rephaim Book IV) by Paula Weston

The Rephaim extras

The Rephaim is an excellent example of everything that is amazing about YA literature.

Speculating on Spec Fic

The Rephaim series is brilliant, swoon worthy, incredibly captivating and goes from strength to strength with each instalment. Paula Weston has crafted the perfect urban fantasy slash paranormal romance seriesโ€ฆBy far the most engaging, enthralling and intense urban fantasy series in young adult todayโ€ฆA series to celebrate the best that Australian young adult has to offer.

Diva Booknerd

One of my all-time favourite paranormal series, and the hands-down best angel-themed out there.

Alpha Reader, Favourite Books of 2015


  1. Shelby says:

    The books are awesome i love them and have read the first two like ten times but When will the 3rd book be released to Australia? And what will it be called?

    1. paulaweston says:

      Thanks so much Shelby. ๐Ÿ™‚ The third book is called Shimmer and will be released in Australia, New Zealand and the UK in mid 2014. I’ll post the exact date as soon as I know it.

      1. Shelby says:

        I’m really excited now ๐Ÿ™‚ what made you write a series like shadow?

        1. paulaweston says:

          I had an idea about a guy and girl attracted to each other but who have a complicated history that only he remembers. I knew there were paranormal elements in how she lost her memory and that they had been on opposite sides of a conflict in the past. When I started working out their story, I realised fallen angels would be a great basis for their world and the conflict I was looking for.

          I’ve been chatting about this a bit lately as part of my US/Canada blog tour for Shadows – here are the links:


  2. Julie says:

    Oh thanks for replying it gives me such a thrill to hear from my favourite author you have well and trully overtaken cornwell caine meyer for me and the fact that you are a brissy girl is just fantastic reading about pandanus beach makes me think of my holiday in airlie beach about 10 years ago oh north queensland where the forest meets the sea and the trip in haze to melbourne my 5 year old has leukaemia and he was granted a wish from make a wish foundation this year and we went to melbourne so i have seen collins st so to be able to correctly invision the places you write about means alot to me your fantastic writing gives me the chance to escape from my reality for a while and your books are ALWAYS packed in my bags when my son is in hospital so thank you for your words and please come to the logan west library soon its my local and i would love for you to sign my book love your work!

    1. paulaweston says:

      It means a lot that something I write might make a small difference for a few moments. I hope your son is doing okay – and that you’re doing okay too.
      I was actually at Logan North Library last weekend, but hopefully I can get out to Logan West soon. I’d be more than happy to sign your book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Julie says:

    Oh wow finally got the chance to buy haze ive read it 3 times already and i absolutly loved it thank you so much for your amazing writing and thanks for the cliff hanger ending so how many sleeps till shimmer i seriously can not wait any chance of other characters point of views in the coming books i would love to hear some of rafas thoughts especially of when him and gaby first speak at ricks in shadows love your work fellow brissy girl julie

    1. paulaweston says:

      Hi Julie. Glad you enjoyed Haze so much! In answer to your questions, I don’t have a firm date for Shimmer yet but it will be mid-2014. The series will be told from Gaby’s viewpoint throughout, but I have toyed with possibly writing some bonus material from other character viewpoints (once all four books are out). That scene at Rick’s would be a great one from Rafa’s perspective!

      1. paulaweston says:

        And nice to hear from another Brissie girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Eddy says:

    Hi Paula. I’m 13 and am an obsessive fan of your books ( trying not to sound to creepy about it and really not suceeding) ! The series has so many different aspects of genre and setting! I know this question is probably difficult to answer but throughout the books you keep going back and refer to when Jude and Gabe went of together but we don’t actualy find out how long it took everyone to figure out they were together and that they hadn’t left their own camps to join the other side and what was the initial response to the fact they had gone. Also ( sorry,the comment box seems to be giving me a million questions!) I don’t know if I missed this in your books but who actually found out and passed around the message that Gabe and Jude were dead? Thanks you so much and I am so excited for the third installment of your AWESOME series!

    1. paulaweston says:

      Hi Eddy,
      Thanks for the email and the excellent question! You have definitely been paying attention and I love that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Shimmer will have some answers for you and then the fourth (and final) book will have even more – including answers to all the other bigger questions about what happened in the past. And thank YOU for reading the Rephaim series. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. paulaweston says:

    My pleasure. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading my books!

  6. Joan says:

    I love your books! LOVE! Forgive my fangirl question, but the lure of the comment box is too strong. So here is my question: What other photos does Rafa have on his phone?
    I read a lot, sometimes more than one novel a week, and here I am many novels later still thinking about your world and characters. Really brilliant work!

    1. paulaweston says:

      Thanks Joan. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love that question!

      Let’s see. The photos would only be from the past few years (how ever long he’s had that particular phone) so…
      – Ez on Zak’s shoulders in the surf, laughing
      – a selfie of Rafa and Jude in the front row of a Foo Fighters concert with a partial shot of Dave Grohl on guitar in the background
      – Rafa wearing a bad wig at a party, with Mya pulling a face over his shoulder (also in a bad wig)
      – Rafa on a motorbike (more about this particular purchase in Shimmer)
      – Rafa and Ez on a ski lift, kitted out in snow gear
      – Rafa drinking from a giant beer stein
      – Jude showing off a giant fish he’s just caught
      – a massive burger (before and after shot – the after being an empty plate)

      It’s a start…

      1. Joan says:

        Thanks so much for the reply! I love that through the internet I can feel connected to the people who create things that I buy (like on Etsy), but it never occurred to me before reading your blog that I could have that same experience of interaction-with-a-real-person with the authors who create the stories I choose to include in my life. What an amazing gift! Thank you!

  7. paulaweston says:

    That’s great Teresa! Thanks for the lovely feedback again. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wondered what you’d think of the Dubai inclusion (I visited in 2009).
    And I’m busily working on book 3 (Shimmer) now.

  8. Teresa says:

    I live in Dubai and I picked up a copy of Shadows while browsing the YA new release shelf yesterday. I was immediately hooked and stayed up until 4am finishing the book. I’d like to qualify that statement by adding that I’m not of an age when staying up all night is a common occurrence and I have two young children who wake up early, so by choosing to stay up reading I was choosing to be dead on my feet while packing lunches and getting them off to school. But your book is so good I didn’t care! Shadows is the best book i’ve read in years! This morning, I went to your site and was thrilled to see that Haze had just been released! There is a copy headed my way from Australia now. So, my comment is basically “Wow!” and “Thank you!”. Thank you not only for sharing with the world your fantastic characters and story, but for making gift buying easy this year – all my friends are getting a copy of Shadows for their birthdays!
    Congratulations on the success of your work thus far. It is well earned and, I think, just the beginning.
    Teresa in Dubai

    1. paulaweston says:

      Thanks Teresa for that lovely message (you made my day!) – and for buying my books. I certainly hope you enjoy Haze just as much. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Teresa says:

        Haze arrived a few days ago. I patiently saved it for the weekend, knowing I would not be able to stop once I picked it up (I was up until 5am). AMAZING! I absolutely adore your books! It didn’t seem right to make people wait for birthdays, so I’ve bought two more copies of Shadows for friends in the US. I can’t say enough good things about your work – your writing, plot, pacing, characters are all outstanding. And I loved that Dubai featured! I can’t wait for book 3!
        Teresa in Dubai

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The Rephaim

Shadows (The Rephaim Book I) by Paula Weston
Haze (The Rephaim Book II) by Paula Weston
Shimmer (The Rephaim Book III) by Paula Weston
Burn (The Rephaim Book IV) by Paula Weston

About Me

Iโ€™m the author of the Rephaim series. The Undercurrent, a stand-alone speculative thriller set in near-future Australia, will be released by Text Publishing in August 2017.

For my day job, Iโ€™m a writer-journalist-professional communicator, where my writing involves a lot less profanity.

I grew up in regional South Australia and now live in Brisbane with my husband.

If youโ€™re interested in how I came to land a publishing deal, you can read the short version in this post from August 2011. Thereโ€™s a longer version (in a guest post) here.

Paula Weston