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

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  1. Zoe Houston says:

    Hi Paula,

    I would just like to say thank you for writing such an amazing series! My friend recommended me The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and I loved it but the problem was that I thought that I would never find such an amazing series ever again until I wandered across Shadows. I immediately fell in love with it! It would be amazing if it got turned into a to series or a movie! Are you planning on writing anymore books in relation to the series? Or just any other books in general?

    Thank you so much!!!

    Zoe ๐Ÿ˜

    1. paulaweston says:

      Thanks Zoe! ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m really glad you enjoyed the series. I may return to that world one day, but for now I’ve got other ideas to explore – including a totally new stand alone book due out next year. Thanks again for the message. I always appreciate hearing from readers!

  2. Sarah says:

    I’d like to start off by saying that you are most definitely one of my favourite writers, and I do not say this often. I stumbled across the supernatural genre (werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and, of course, fallen angels) a few years back and boy was it an experience. The first series that really captured my attention was the “Mortal Instruments” series. I then set out on a hunt to find other books like it, which lead me to finding you. It was actually my school librarian who recommended Shadows to me and to this day I am thanking her repeatedly for being able to know me well enough to introduce such a great novel to me! As much as I have been told not to judge a book by its cover, it most definitely helps when the cover art is gorgeous, so thanks for that too. However, what struck me the most about the books collectively was how I fell in love with every character immediately. I have never finished a book so quickly in my life, literally pushing aside all of my life responsibilities as I become this crazy obsessed reader as I pull an all nighter just to get to that final chapter. In fact, I have read the first two books multiple times now while waiting for the next two to be available (I live in Canada so we get the books much, much later…however I caved in quickly and ordered them online and had them shipped to me from the UK). As a closet writer myself, I love focusing on and putting detail in the most simplest things. For example, I loved how you named the types of weapons used instead of calling them baisc swords; the same goes in the body anatomy during fight scenes which really strengthen the intensity! Also your description is to die for, literally pulling me into the scene with Gabe and Rafa by my side. If I closed my eyes, I could hear the sounds of metal clashing and bones snapping in the battles, or I could instantly travel to the warm air of Pandanus Beach with its lush jungle and many surfers. The way you build relationships and develop them further both makes me adore and hate you (figuratively of course). The interactions between characters never felt forced and sudden, and this is especially impressive considering the amount of characters the series holds! However, now that the series is over and done with, especially with an ending that FEELS like it could go on for longer (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), I honestly felt my heart break when reaching those last, final blank pages before closing the novel altogether. I grew attached with every single character, sometimes feeling the ache so hard because I found elements that I could relate to, and had mental interactions with them while watching them grow, especially Gabe, through their best and worst moments. I have read many novels in my life and I can confidently say, without a doubt, that this is one of the most memorable ones to date. I have never reread a series so many times and still encounter the same emotions time and time again. Do not worry, there have been several recommendations made to friends and family, promising them that this is a series to love and cherish. It is amazing to know that this message is actually reaching one of my dream authors, making me feel all warm and cozy inside. Your writing has definitely inspired me to push forward and maybe even one day to try publishing so of my work! So, I thank you again and again to the moon and back for writing such a priceless piece of work and touching the hearts of so many. Your passion definitely shines through and I hope I can read more of your writing real soon! It’s such an honour to be able to reach out to you like this, and thank you for bringing your characters and stories into my life. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. paulaweston says:

      Hi Sarah,
      Thank you so much for that awesome and beautifully written message. It means so much to hear from readers like yourself, and to know that my characters and stories have become part of your life (in a good way!). All the best with your writing. And I hope you like what I do next, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kristen says:

    I read all of them. It’s 2015 and I’m still waiting for the movie!

  4. Matilda says:

    Also have you written any other books? If yes, then what are their wonderful names?!

    1. paulaweston says:

      Hi Matilda,

      I don’t have any others in print at the moment, but hopefully I’ll have something new out next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks!

      Paula

  5. Matilda says:

    Okay, where do I start?! This book is AMAZING!!!!!! I am so happy to find a book that has people with Australian Accents! (I am from Australia)! However this book is very intriguing, I could not put down any of them! I am just about to buy Burn! Super excited and I can not wait! Especially when you leave us on a 10000000km cliffhanger!! I love how you made me feel like I was Gabe when I was reading these books, also especially it made me feel like I know the other characters very well! I look forward to reading Burn! Thank you for writing these wonderful books!

    1. paulaweston says:

      Thanks so much Matilda. Hope you enjoy Burn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sarah says:

    I’m 17 and had to borrow a book from my school library, but as soon as I started reading shadows I was hooked. Such and amazing book with a very different story line to other books. Would love to see a movie for the Rephaim series,I can just imagine scenes in my head. I’m up to the second part haze and so far it is amazing loving very bit of it thank you Paula for such great books.

    1. paulaweston says:

      Thanks Sarah! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you keep enjoying the series.

  7. Shelby says:

    Not long to go…surly haha ๐Ÿ˜

  8. Mel says:

    Hi Paula, I have just finished reading Haze…. amazing! So love it and it was a brilliant follow up to Shadows – I love the pace of your stories, the characters (how they feel like real people because the fantasy element of the books is so well done) 12 months is so long between books I just can’t wait (no pressure!) for Shimmer! I re-read Shadows just to refresh my memory and I fell in love with the series all over again! Just a few questions – how does Rafa and the other Rephaim pronounce Gabe (in my head I,ve been making it rhyme with babe – but I,m not sure if this is right!) Also will we get a full description of how Gabe and Rafa look?
    Good luck for the drafting of number 3!

    1. paulaweston says:

      Hi Mel. Thanks for the lovely email. I really appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      You’re spot-on with how I would pronounce Gabe (and for Gaby, in my mind, it’s pronounced Gabby – I just preferred the other spelling).
      As for full physical descriptions of characters…I think the beauty of books is that you can imagine characters in ways that work for you. I think my job as a writer is to give you a rough sketch – enough to give you a general idea – and you as the reader can give that image texture. It’s why there is always such lively debate when a beloved book is turned into a film and people have strong opinions about casting choices.

      Having said all that, there have been a couple of posts where I (and others) have speculated on character appearance from the Rephaim series:
      http://paula-weston.com/2012/12/19/meme-the-next-big-thing/
      http://www.dark-readers.com/2013/01/shadows-by-paula-weston-blog-tour.html
      http://www.bookittyblog.com/2013/09/shadows-by-paula-weston-blog-tour-and.html

      And I promise I’m working on Shimmer as fast as I can. The first draft is done. Now it’s all about revision, polishing, and making it as good as it can be. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Shelby says:

    Wow thank you for telling me and they do entertain ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Shelby says:

    Wow thank but now I must ask what made u want to be a writer?

    1. paulaweston says:

      Hi Shelby,
      I’ve always been an avid reader and have been writing stories since primary school. What made me want to be a writer? Short answer: the fact I love writing and the hope my stories entertainment people. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Paula

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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