Today I am interviewing Stephen Zimmer, author of the new epic fantasy novel, When Shadows Fall, final book in the Dark Sun Dawn trilogy.
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DJ: Hi Stephen! Thanks for coming back to do another interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Stephen: Thank you for interviewing me! It is wonderful to be back at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape!
For those who I haven’t met yet, I am a writer from Lexington, Kentucky who loves to explore all kinds of worlds and characters. My published writing included genres such as epic fantasy, YA dystopian, sword and sorcery, horror, steampunk, and cross-genre fiction. I currently have 16 titles in print, and 24 in eBook format.
I have a great passion for storytelling, and my path has also seen me become an editor, filmmaker, and broadcaster, and I love doing what I can to be supportive of both my readers and fellow members of the writing community.
DJ: What is When Shadows Fall and then the Dark Sun Dawn trilogy about?
Stephen: This is ultimately a Rayden Valkyrie adventure with a large story arc that comprises three books. When Shadows Fall is the final installment and it is truly a grand finale to this tale.
The story covers Rayden’s journey from a land far, far to the south of her world to the tribal lands across an ocean and to the north where she grew up after losing both of her parents in a violent manner as a child (I have not yet given full detail about this traumatic incident in Rayden’s life.)
The journey home takes a different course when she intervenes to save a young boy from being used as a sacrifice to a dark god. From there she is brought into conflict with a rising empire that is trying to suppress a slave rebellion. The story deepens and takes many twists and turns as Rayden discovers the things that are driving the Teveren Empire relentlessly toward power and conquest.
It is a harrowing adventure set in an ancient and dangerous world that pits Rayden against monstrous wilderness threats, dark supernatural entities, armies on the march, and a whole lot more. She has to put her life on the line several times to do what needs to be done to have a chance of thwarting the Teveren Imperator’s ambitions
When Shadows Fall brings everything together for a final showdown with the Imperator ruling the Teveren Empire. The third book has a grand scale to it, but Rayden has to fill many roles in this conclusion to survive and try to overcome a wide range of adversaries.
Readers will get to see it all through Rayden’’s eyes and experience her courage, compassion, kindness, strength, ferocity, and much more! Continue reading