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Darklands Fantasy Playlist

Novel Playlists from Fantasy Novelists treats each fantasy novel like a feature film and encourages the author to put together their own dream soundtrack. So listen attentive as ML Spencer leads us through the grimdark nightmare of Darklands, the third installment in her Rhenwars Saga, before previewing book four and five in the series.

Compelled to obey the dark god he pledged his soul to, Darien finds himself tasked with delivering the people of the Black Lands from under the curse of darkness which shrouds the skies. With the enemy mage Azár, Darien sets out across a barren darkscape to assume his place as the leader of a people who despise him. As he journeys deeper into the shadowed waste, Darien is confronted with difficult truths that force him to question every loyalty he has ever held. For there, in the brutal proving grounds of the north, Darien will be inexorably forged into the most dangerous adversary the Rhen has ever faced.

Freedom Fighters (Two Steps from Hell) -- This starts off every book in my series. Kind of a "Prologue" song.

Tristan (Two Steps from Hell) --This is kind of like the "credits are rolling" song for my whole series. If they ever make a movie out of this, this is the "themesong."

Neverdark (Two Steps from Hell) -- This is the scene where Darien first arrives in Bryn Calazar (chapter called "City of the Damned")

Knights of Palmyra (Jo Blankenburg) -- The torching of the Lightfields scene

Eternal Sorrow (2Steps) -- The river scene at the end (no spoilers)

Book Four Preview

Icarus (2Steps) -- (Darkrise) Darien drains the lake, liberates Vintgar.

Master of Shadows (2Steps) -- (Darkrise) Armies of the Black Lands invade the Rhen.

Release Me (2Steps) -- (Darkrise) Aftermath of Siege of Rothscard.

Unforgiven (2Steps) -- (Darkrise) Purging of the North.

Freedom Ship (2Steps) -- (Darkrise) Quin uses Athera's Crescent.

False King (2Steps) -- (Darkrise) Shocking death of an important character, huge plot twist.

Book Five Preview

Archangeal (2Steps) -- Final Battle.

Breathe (2Steps) -- End of the Series. Not saying what that is!

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M.L. Spencer was born in Southern California and grew up on the works of Steven R. Donaldson, Stephen King and Frank Herbert. She wrote her first novel-length manuscript at thirteen. By day she works as a biology teacher; by night she sweats over a beaten-up keyboard. Her novel Darkmage won the Indie-Reader Discovery Award for Fantasy.

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MD Presley is a screenwriter, blogger and occasional novelist… which basically means he’s a layabout.  He has written two books on fantasy worldbuilding, and teaches worldbuilding techniques, tricks, and tips at Forging Fantasy Realms once a week on YouTube. 

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