Robert Stanek

Robert Stanek's remarkable writing career has spanned more than 30 years. During this time, he has become one of the more widely read authors of our time, with books sold in 34 languages in over 50 countries and more than 50 bestsellers.
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"Mesmerizing! One of the best graphic novels I've ever read. Reminiscent of George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Robert Jordan with a dash of Stephen King." -- Emily Asimov, author of TORN.

From #1 Bestselling author Robert Stanek comes a dazzling new graphic novel series. A Daughter of Kings tells the never-before-told story of Delinna Alder, and her descent into permanent exile from her beloved homeland of Great Kingdom. The second of three daughters of King Andrew Alder, Delinna makes a fateful pact with the Watcher, Xith, who was seeking one of the legendary orbs of power.

When the Watcher returns after years of searching, Delinna is forced to make a terrible choice between her life of leisure and doing what her destiny is leading her to. And thus, the ruin of her life begins. As she struggles to overcome a dark fate, everything and everyone around her falls into ruin and chaos.

Threaded through all four parts of this fantastic graphic novel are the tragic events that will eventually tear nations apart and destroy worlds.

Read A Daughter of Kings #1 - Betrayal first, continue on to A Daughter of Kings #2 - Deliverance, A Daughter of Kings #3 - Rebirth and A Daughter of Kings #4 - Discord.

Don't miss the other Ruin Mist books... 

Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #1, 2, 3, 4:
Winds of Change
Seeds of Dissent
Pawn of Dragons
Tower of Destiny

In the Service of Dragons #1, 2, 3, 4:
A Clash of Heroes
A Dance of Swords
A Storm of Shields
A Reign of Dragons

Guardians of the Dragon Realms #1, 2:
The Dragon, the Wizard & the Great Door
A Legacy of Dragons

Dragons of the Hundred Worlds #1,2:
Breath of Fire
Living Fire

A Daughter of Kings #1, 2, 3, 4:
Betrayal
Deliverance
Rebirth
Discord

The 10th anniversary edition of the #1 Bestselling series. 

"A breathtaking world and an excellent epic fantasy series! This wonderful adventure reminds me of a cross between J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Tad Williams, and C. S. Lewis."

"Clear and simple prose. Swift, action-oriented scenes. Solidly built." --Foreword Magazine

"This guarantees fans, and those fans will be ready to wield their swords against the Dark Lord in Stanek's next installment." -- VOYA, the leading magazine for YA librarians

"Word of mouth turned it into a bestseller. Very satisfying." -- The Fantasy Guide

Bestselling Series! Over 1,000,000 Ruin Mist books sold! #1 Fiction Bestseller. 
 
In the Service of Dragons is the continuation of Robert Stanek's multilayered epic fantasy adventure for young adults that began with Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches.
 
In the Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books, Robert Stanek introduced readers to the story of Ruin Mist, an extraordinary world of magic, adventure, and intrigue. Now in the eagerly awaited follow-up, he once again proves himself a wonderful storyteller with a gift for fast pacing and believable storylines. Already hailed as a classic, Robert Stanek's powerful series has been enjoyed by readers all over the world.
 
The Elves of the Reaches returned from exile, bringing grave news. War came to the Kingdoms, and many perished in the turmoil and unrest. An attempt was made to kidnap a princess and assassinate a king. Now, from the ancient past a dark power returns. 
 
"The Fourth Wind blows across the mountain tops," they say. And the Twelve Clans emerge from myth and memory. As prophecy becomes reality, the factions struggle for control only to further divide the lands. Some would say that it was foolish for King Andrew Alder to support the Elves of the Reaches and send men to aid their cause when Men in all lands were being put to the test of steel. And in the North, men back their words with action. 
 
Against a backdrop of treachery and intrigue, murder and mayhem, the price of freedom is high. Many will pay with their lives. Many will succumb to imprisonment and enslavement; for when alliances shatter, old hatreds rise anew and the plotting and scheming begin. 
 
Bold, inventive, brilliantly imagined, In the Service of Dragons is a novel of magic and wonder-a tale of pure excitement you will not soon forget.

Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches #1, 2, 3, 4:
Winds of Change
Seeds of Dissent
Pawn of Dragons
Tower of Destiny

In the Service of Dragons #1, 2, 3, 4:
A Clash of Heroes
A Dance of Swords
A Storm of Shields
A Reign of Dragons

Guardians of the Dragon Realms #1, 2:
The Dragon, the Wizard & the Great Door
A Legacy of Dragons

Dragons of the Hundred Worlds #1,2:
Breath of Fire
Living Fire

A Daughter of Kings #1, 2, 3, 4:
Betrayal
Deliverance
Rebirth
Discord

"Anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games, World War Z, or The Maze Runner is going to enjoy this book." - Lisa Gardner, author

"A gripping tale. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted." - Cathy Thompson, author

"Stanek's written many good, even great, books. This one's exceptional. Read it!" - Shannon Hale, author

"Builds and builds to a crescendo. Part Stephen King, part Suzanne Collins, part Max Brooks, 100% phenomenal!" - David Eastman, author

"Wonderful action writing. Fast, fun, and smart." - Margaret Brown, author

"I can see why Rothfuss doesn't want people to read Stanek. Stanek's a much more capable writer." - Emily Asimov, author

"What an amazing book! Unique and innovative, captivating to the end." - Mary Osborne, author

"This one's memorable and fascinating heroine is someone you're going to love as much as Katniss Everdeen." - Sandra Brown, author

Our world isn't ours any more. It's theirs. The human survivors lead a hardscrabble life, scavenging what they can from the dead city, waiting and watching. Cedes isn't like Matthew and his regulars. She dreams. She talks. She questions. She wonders why Luke disappeared, where Luke disappeared to. She wants to know what we are to the machines. This is her story. This is our story. This is the story of us, the humans who survive.

In the ruins of our world, a new order arose, an order controlled by the very machines humankind created. The end for us came not from a massive global war but from something unthinkable, incomprehensible. The machines simply replaced us and we let them, and so, in the end, humanity went out not with a bang, but with a whimper. No shots fired. No bombs dropped. No cities destroyed. We ended and the machines began—or at least that is what the few human survivors of the machine apocalypse believe.

After the Machines

Episode One: Awakening
Episode Two: Transition
Episode Three: Descent
Episode Four: Precipice

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To the machines, we became nothing—except maybe outsiders, if they considered us at all. Outsiders looking in on their reality, for the machines weren’t bothered by our existence, or at least, if they were, they weren’t bothered enough to bother us. They certainly didn’t seem to require anything of us or have any need of us at all—if they had needed us, they probably would have enslaved us. But they hadn’t. Enslaved us that is.

The machines hadn’t done anything to us really. Except take over the world—and it was their world now. It certainly wasn’t ours.

We were outsiders, strangers really. We looked in on their world. They didn’t acknowledge us. They probably didn’t even consider us a part of their world. Just as we didn’t consider the small things that crawled beneath our feet as part of our world.

Matthew told us it wasn’t the machines who killed us. Matthew being the only one here now who remembered when we drove the automobiles, flew on the airplanes, and rode on cars behind the locomotives. He said most of us just died. Us being the human race.

I didn’t believe that. I believed we died of neglect. The neglect of the machines. The machines who cared not enough to kill or enslave us.

Luke would have called it benign neglect. Luke being the one who taught me to read and write my letters and words. He knew all the fancy words. He taught me everything really. He remembered—I didn’t. Don’t, really. These words—his really as much as my own.

But Luke was gone. Is gone really, if you don’t mind me slipping into the present. Luke said it’s wrong to slip from past to present or present to past, but I do. The present is—and Luke isn’t. The past was—and sometimes I can see it.

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After the Machines is a story unlike any other you’ve ever read. It’s the story of us, the humans who struggle to survive in a world we no longer control.

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