EXCLUSIVE: Cover reveal for Shadows of Nyn’Dira by H.C. Newell

Last Updated on February 12, 2024

We are excited to host an exclusive cover reveal for H.C. Newell’s latest book, Shadows of Nyn’Dira, the third entry in her Fallen Light series, which puts a grimdark twist on classic Tolkienesque fantasy.

The first volume, Curse of the Fallen, introduced Neer, a young woman cursed with forbidden magical powers which make her a target of religious zealots. H.C. Newell’s worldbuilding features classic Tolkien elements, including elves, halflings, and demonic beings, but in a grimdark world that doesn’t shy away from showing the brutality of violence and its aftermath.

The Fallen Light series continued with The Forbidden Realms, which found Neer wandering the dark wastelands of Aragoth, relying on the trust of a powerful new point of view character for her survival.

The cover art for the third volume, Shadows of Nyn’Dira was designed by Thea Magerand, the same artist who created the covers of both Curse of the Fallen and The Forbidden Realms. Known for her imaginative design and vivid imagery, Thea Magerand has produced artwork for dozens of fantasy, science fiction, and horror books.

Shadows of Nyn’Dira will be released on October 31, 2023.

About the book

Deep within the forests of Nyn’Dira, darkness rises, and Neer finds herself hunted at every turn. Fleeing from relentless enemies and vicious creatures of darkness, she embarks on a treacherous journey through the dangerous woodlands in search of strength and salvation.

As the humans push further into the forbidden lands, the Nasir and his men close in, finding strength in the blood of the innocent. With the balance beginning to shift, Neer is caught in a war she was never meant to be in, and is forced to make a decision that could change the tides of fate, or cause it all to collapse and burn.

Cover for Shadows of Nyn’Dira


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John Mauro

John Mauro

John Mauro lives in a world of glass amongst the hills of central Pennsylvania. When not indulging in his passion for literature or enjoying time with family, John is training the next generation of materials scientists at Penn State University, where he teaches glass science and materials kinetics. John also loves cooking international cuisine and kayaking the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

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