To Dream and Die as a Taniwha Girl launch information

The fifth Yarnsworld novel is almost here! Here is some information that might be of use to blogs/influencers who are receiving ARCs of the new book:

Release date: Wednesday 18th November


There is a price to pay for becoming a story.

Kaimana has defied the gods and won the freedom to spend the rest of her days travelling the collection of tropical islands she calls home.

But the people of the islands have taken notice of her.

They have started to tell her story; for many children, one of their favourite fireside tales is now that of the Taniwha Girl, the brave woman who befriends monsters.

Some islanders even pray to her.

The gods are displeased, but they are not the only ones paying attention to Kaimana’s rise to fame. On the borders of the island ring, an ancient demon – an old enemy of the Crescent Atoll – spreads its influence, and a spider-faced figure shadows Kaimana’s movements.

To secure her own safety, and that of her island home, Kaimana has to make a choice: turn her back on the people of the Crescent Atoll and continue enjoying the life she has won for herself, or give up all she holds dear to live up to the legend of the Taniwha Girl.

To Dream and Die As A Taniwha Girl is a standalone novel from Benedict Patrick’s Yarnworld, and features a return to the tropical islands of the Crescent Atoll. Grab your copy now to dive into this epic tale of gods, monsters, and destiny! (less)

Further information:

  • As with my previous few releases, early purchasers (and all backers of the earlier Kickstarter campaign) will be able to claim a bonus folktale set in the Yarnsworld. The bonus folktale for this release is ‘The Taniwha Girl and the Crab’, and it serves as a prequel tale to the novel. To claim the folktale, please send proof of purchase to, using the subject line ‘Taniwha Girl Promo’. The promotion ends on 26th November, so move quickly!
  • ‘To Dream and Die as a Taniwha Girl’ releases on Amazon stores, and will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited for 90 days. After that, it will join the other Yarnsworld novels on the wider ebook platforms, such as Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Google Play.
  • ‘Taniwha Girl’ was brought to life earlier this year via a successful Kickstarter campaign, where campaign backers helped to fund a handrawn map of the Crescent Atoll by cartographer Mikael Asikainen. The public reveal of this map will coincide with the novel’s launch on Amazon – there is a small version of it below, and this is a link to a higher quality version of the map. Mikael also has prints of the map available from his own store.

Thank you for taking the time to look at this information – please get in touch at if you have any further questions!