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Shades of Darkness

Book #1 of Ravenborn

American Gods meets The Secret History in this “eerie, wistful” (Karsten Knight, author of the Wildefire series) start to a fantasy trilogy about Kaira Winters, the murders that keep happening at her artsy boarding school, and the lengths she must go to in order to protect the people she loves.

When Kaira Winters decided to go to Islington—a boarding school deep in the woods of Michigan—she thought she could finally get away from everything she has tried so hard to forget, including some things from her past that she refuses to believe ever actually happened.

Everything seemed great until the bodies of murdered students started appearing all over campus. The victims seem to have been killed in some sort of ritual sacrifice. And even worse, Kaira’s dreams are giving her clues to the killer’s identity.

Though she tries to resist, Kaira quickly realizes that she is the only one who can stop the violence, but to do so she must come to terms with her past. She’s going to have to listen to the voice that is buried deep within her…the one that claims to have unimaginable power…the one that claims to be an actual goddess.

But even if Kaira can harness the power within her, will it be enough to stop the darkness that has fallen over her school? And if it is strong enough, then what’s to stop the goddess from wreaking her own havoc once she’s released?

Filled with murder, mystery, and a little bit of magic, this fresh genre-bending novel is a thrilling page-turner you won’t be able to put down until the very last page.

Photograph by Kindra Nikole Photography

A.R. Kahler is the author of the Cirque des Immortels trilogy and the post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, The Hunted. When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably outside, staring at the clouds. Visit him online at and follow him on Twitter at @ARKahler.

“I love AR. Kahler’s writing and Shades of Darkness is no exception.Mythical. Magical. Murderous. But grounded in the real world. I devoured this book and can’t wait for the next one.”

– Julie Kagawa NYT/USA Today/International bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Talon series

“Destiny, death, dating, and daubs of paint: Shades of Darkness perfectly captures the art school experience with a dastardly magical twist that will leave you hungry for more.”

– Delilah S. Dawson, author of Servants of the Storm and Hit

"A.R. Kahler's Shades of Darkness is an eerie, wistful meditation on love,sacrifice, and the demons we struggle to leave behind. The arresting final image is going to linger with me indelibly."

– Karsten Knight, author of the Wildefire series

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