Welcome to Blackwood

ISBN: 9780648366133 | Trade orders please contact us here.  

Genre: Fiction | YA Fantasy

Welcome to Blackwood Synopsis:

Freya has spent her life on the run—trying to blend in amongst Mundanes.

Like her father, she is a Syphon with the ability to draw energy from others, including their powers.

When Freya accidentally draws energy from a friend, she and her family are on the run again and return to her mum’s hometown of Blackwood, where Freya’s abilities remain a secret.

Welcome to Blackwood is the first book in this wildly imaginative series. 5-star reviews abound, and the author’s growing army of fans want to see the series in film.

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Welcome to Blackwood – A Deeper Dive:

Freya’s mum and brother are wolf shifters—genetics that skipped Freya. Freya has to decide by eighteen whether she joins their pack or remains independent.

Freya discovers Blackwood is a secretive community comprised mostly of Supernaturals like herself. Supers exist outside of mundane laws. With many communities like Blackwood competing for power, strict rules protect the Blackwood community.

Freya meets Beau, rumoured to be a lone wolf, although loosely attached to the Northern Blackwood wolves, her family’s rival pack. He is hostile towards Freya due to the power he senses in her, but when he rescues her from a risky situation, they become more than friends, creating tension with her family and rival packs.

What happens next in the town where nothing is normal could cost Freya her freedom…

BOOK 2 – Leaving Blackwood is now available here.

Reviews for YA Fiction Welcome to Blackwood by Khaiah Thomson:

“This book is incredible! The perfect balance between fantasy and realism with characters that you’ll fast be adding to your list of favourites. (Do I have a new book boyfriend? Yes, I think I do). I absolutely love a good werewolf story and Welcome to Blackwood encompassed everything great about that genre. I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing for the entire heart-stopping finale. These characters have my whole heart! I can not wait for the next book.”

Jen @BookBookOwl (66K followers)

“Yes, yes, yes! The moody, supernatural, mysterious vibes are all there. And with a best friend who can see the future. Basically if you love Twilight, you will love this. Like I did.”

Jodie @ReadTheWriteAct (45K followers)

“I’ve never been so excited for part 2 in a series. This book blew me away. The twist at the end was so well set up and unpredictable throughout the story. The relationship Freya shares with the mysterious and lethal Golden Eyes was written so passionately and wild. I was lost in the supernatural world of Blackwood and personally felt like I knew the town.”

Peta @UnfoldedEdges

Last year, I was sent a copy of Welcome to Blackwood to review. Thank you for the opportunity and please accept my apologies for not getting this to you sooner. Unfortunately, I did not find time to read the book until recently. I really enjoyed story and will shortly purchase a copy of the sequel for the school library. Please find attached a copy of my review. You are welcome to use the review for marketing purposes but please do not include the school name. Kelly BurrettTeacher LibrarianVice President of the Queensland School Library Association (QSLA)QSLA’s Liaison with the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU)

Kelly Burrett – Teacher Librarian, Vice President of the Queensland School Library Association (QSLA)

Recently our school was invited to review the book Welcome to Blackwood by Khaiah Thomson. I am so pleased that we were invited to review the book and it is an absolutely delightful read. I will be recommending it to our students wholeheartedly. I personally can’t wait to read her second book. Thank you so much.

Debbie (Librarian of Nursery Road State Special School)

‘Welcome to Blackwood was written beautifully with great character development and a fantastic storyline. the setting is incredible and beautifully described by the main character and her experiences. The origin is short as to keep the main story going. It is incredibly detailed and well written and is timed perfectly with useful flashbacks. This is just an amazing story and I love everything about it. A new power trilogy arises.’

Year 7 Student, The Gap State High School

‘Featuring shape shifters, handsome strangers, a fairy-tale feel, Truth-Seekers, the Mundanes, genetics, Soul-Stealers, the supernatural and family secrets, the protagonist, Freya, is clever and quick-witted and the dialogue is funny and engaging. Some readers – especially young adult readers keen on mystery, the paranormal and supernatural, the unexplained and the unknown – would be simultaneously frightened, enchanted, enamoured and excited by this story of unusual characters set in an unusual place. The dialogue is especially authentic. I suspect this will be the first in a series of books that develops an almost cult-like following amongst certain readers’…

Cass Moriarty.

“Let’s start by saying this book is a hidden wonder!!! It is a wonderful mix of all the best parts of Twilight and True Blood. There is an engaging female main character, Freya, a sexy male lead, Beau, and a storyline that is just all kinds of awesome! Set in a town by the beach filled with supernatural beings and moody, mysterious vibes, Welcome to Blackwood is easily devoured in a single sitting. It was impossible to put it down! It included my most favourite thing of late- shifters! Plus there is a budding forbidden romance that was done so well! Overall, Welcome to Blackwood is *insert chef kiss here*!!”

Ellie King @LabsandLiterature

“Khaiah Thomson has a great way with words. From the very first page, she draws you into the world of Freya, and the secrets that will unfold. I read it in a day, and can’t wait for the next book! Great characters, great romantic tension, great suspense! A great new writer in the young adult fiction genre!”


“Couldn’t put it down! Had to know what was going to happen next. Loved the main characters and even many of the secondary characters. The character interactions are fantastic and it is very well written. Found it fast paced but not rushed, highly recommended! Cannot wait for the second.”


“This book is IT. The whole time I read it I couldn’t put it down. Beau is bad for my heart. Female lead? Awesome. Male lead? Hot. Story line? Epic. A town full of supers by a beach? Yes please. I always love a good supernatural romance, and the setting is just right. 10/10 will read again. Loved every twist.”


“This book sucked me in from the moment I opened it up – from the cheeky dedication to her sisters to the final line of the book, I was hooked. The blooming of a playful romance between two characters, the thrill and chase of the bigger storyline and the way the world has been set up were just wonderful. I canNOT wait to get my hands on the next book and find out what is in store for Freya!”


When I started reading (Welcome to Blackwood), I’ll admit I wasn’t sure if this was the right story for me. Little did I know how wrong I was. I suddenly found myself wondering about Freya, if she would learn more about her powers, what happened to her father while trying to focus on work. I even considered calling in sick to work so I could have more time to read. And that ending is one that will stick with me forever! I’m now dying to read the sequel and can say that was the fastest I’ve ever put down a pre-order. The moment I saw THE END, I was jumping onto your website to buy the next one.


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Like to learn more about Khaiah Thomson? Visit her Hawkeye author page here or on Instagram.

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Khaiah Thomson – Author of Welcome to Blackwood | Location: Perth

More Praise for Welcome to Blackwood

‘Welcome to Blackwood was an enjoyable romp with great characters, fun humour, and had some interesting twists and turns that really left me excited for the next instalment in the series’…

Nita Delgado, Australia.

‘Ridiculously good. I read this in one weekend. Couldn’t put it down. Loved the yin and yang of Freya and Beau’… Click to read long review.

Cate Sawyer, Author.

‘I can confidently say, if you love werewolves – you’ll love this book! And if you don’t love werewolves (um, what?) – you will! Welcome to Blackwood focuses on kick-ass female lead, Freya, who is born with a powerful but dangerous gift that only continues to grow stronger with her. As new facets of her gift are tantalisingly revealed, the plot kicks up a notch when Beau, the enigmatic, slightly arrogant—not to mention drool worthy— wolf shifter, enters Freya’s tumultuous path stirring both defiance and desire in her… Navigating super-powers, pack rivals and a romance with golden eyes (that I may have been slightly too invested in) you will soon find yourself deep amongst the secrets of Blackwood. Thank goodness there’s more to come!’

Tammy Bevan.

‘I am seriously loving Blackwood! I have that addicted feeling where you are thinking about it when you’re not reading it… 😬’

Tammy Bevan, QLD

Welcome to Blackwood is a thrilling, easy-read, young adult novel with loads of action and a quirky sense of humour. As soon as I read Khaiah’s manuscript, I signed her for 3 books. Our team is very excited about getting this one to readers’…

Carolyn Martinez, Director, Hawkeye Publishing.

‘Whilst there are some classic elements to the story you may have come across before (a teenager looking to find her place in the world; the tension of a star-crossed romance; supernatural characters) they are given a fresh twist so you have the joy of familiarity but in a whole new context. I read Welcome to Blackwood in a day because I found it very hard to put down. The humour, especially in the dialogue, crackles along and the writing is confident and assured.’… READ FULL REVIEW HERE

Jackie Morris, United Kingdom.

Further Reading on Khaiah Thomson and Welcome to Blackwood:

A World of Syphons and Wolf Shifters.

Welcome to Blackwood – detailed review.

Meet Khaiah Thomson.

Book Club Appearances by Khaiah Thomson.

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7 comments to “Welcome to Blackwood”

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  1. Emma - July 28, 2020 Reply

    This looks amazing!!!!! The cover looks spectacular and the synopsis has got me hooked already. Counting down the days until this is released!!!

  2. Mesha Hall - July 30, 2020 Reply

    What a beautiful cover! Cannot wait to read this book!

  3. Jess W - July 30, 2020 Reply

    So excited for this one! Great cover 😀

  4. Mike - July 30, 2020 Reply

    Very keen to get my hands on this book!

  5. Amy - July 30, 2020 Reply

    So excited! The story sounds like it will have a great twist! Love a good paranormal romance <3

  6. Ellen - December 14, 2020 Reply

    Super fun and easy read! Highly recommend to anyone who loves YA and supernatural. The story is highly addictive and so well paced I read it in one sitting.

  7. premade book covers fantasy - June 23, 2021 Reply

    Remarkable! Its actually remarkable piece of writing, I have got much clear idea about from this piece of writing.

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