Your Guide to the Darkened Skies Series

Your Guide to the Darkened Skies Series by H.E. Bauman
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I don’t know about you, but stumbling upon a new fantasy series can be both exciting and daunting, especially when the series isn’t short. With five planned books in the main series, plus a prequel, and what’s surely going to at least be a novella as an epilogue, the Darkened Skies series is big!

So, allow me to break down everything you need to know about these books.

Recommended Reading Order

The Darkened Skies series must be read in order, but with a prequel, it might be unclear where to start. Here’s how I, the author, would recommend you read these books:

  • Book 1: Under Darkened Skies
  • Book 0.5: Forged by Flames (MMC’s prequel)
  • Book 2: Into Whispering Shadows
  • Book 3: Amid Twisted Chaos
  • Book 4: Beyond Veiled Destinies (out June 24)
  • Book 5: Title TBA (out late summer/early autumn 2024)

You must read the main five books in order, but you can read Forged by Flames at any time after Under Darkened Skies (Book #1).

Under Darkened Skies (Darkened Skies Book 1)

Under Darkened Skies, Book 1 of the Darkened Skies Series

Under Darkened Skies is the first book in the Darkened Skies series. In it, you’ll meet Astrea  Sovna, a 24-year-old librarian and secret Lightbringer mage, which is a healer and empath.

Astrea lives a cozy but secretive life, but everything changes when the emperor reassigns Astrea to a diplomatic project with his son and her former best friend, Prince Varojin Auris.

As Astrea and Varojin reconnect for the first time in eight years, they discover that the emperor’s diplomatic project and a recent string of murders in the city may be tied to Astrea’s shadowy stalker. They try to unravel the tangled web they’re caught in, but it’s more complicated than they think.

Sample of the Tropes:

  • Slow burn
  • Forced proximity
  • Dislike (her) to friends to lovers
  • Elemental magic
  • Post-industrial world
  • Comfort after a nightmare

Spice level: Steamy kissing, some cuddling

Page count: 756 ebook pages, 537 paperback pages

Forged by Flames (Darkened Skies Book 0.5)

Forged by Flames, Book 0.5 of the Darkened Skies Series

Forged by Flames is Prince Varojin’s prequel novel. It covers eight years of his story, from his 18th birthday party to the night he meets Astrea again in Under Darkened Skies.

It’s a bit unconventional in its structure, but Darkened Skies readers love Varojin and his backstory. It’s a fast-paced look at his life as he struggles to leave home, acclimate to the military, and survive wars he disagrees with. There’s an inside look into Auris family politics, too.

Sample of the Tropes:

  • Angry prince with a heart of gold
  • Illegitimate prince turned soldier
  • Royal family drama
  • Chosen / found family

Spice level: Brief mentions of sex, one kiss that ends abruptly (not a spicy or romance-heavy book)

Page count: 379 ebook pages, 273 paperback pages

Into Whispering Shadows (Darkened Skies Book 2)

Into Whispering Shadows, Book 2 of the Darkened Skies Series

Into Whispering Shadows is the second book in the Darkened Skies series and picks up a couple days after Under Darkened Skies ends. In this book, the mystery deepens, the romance intensifies, and everything is thrown into chaos at toward the climax.

Sample of the Tropes:

  • Sweet & spicy romance
  • Royal dinner parties & politics
  • Family secrets
  • Dramatic rescues
  • Ancient shadowy organization

Spice level: Steamy kissing, several open door sex scenes

Page count: 747 ebook pages, 539 paperback pages

Amid Twisted Chaos (Darkened Skies Book 3)

Amid Twisted Chaos, Book 3 of the Darkened Skies Series

Amid Twisted Chaos is the third book in the Darkened Skies series and begins about one month after Into Whispering Shadows ends. At the midpoint, this book shifts the story from the mystery to new plans, including cross-continental travel and a dangerous heist.

Sample of the Tropes:

  • Villains monologuing
  • Soft FMC gets pushed too far, goes a bit feral
  • Magic system expands
  • Continental political drama

Spice level: Steamy kissing, several open door sex scenes

Page count: 852 ebook pages, 616 paperback pages

Beyond Veiled Destinies (Darkened Skies Book 4)

Beyond Veiled Destinies, Book 4 of the Darkened Skies Series

Beyond Veiled Destinies is the fourth book in the Darkened Skies series and will release on June 24, 2024. This story begins a few days after Amid Twisted Chaos ends and sees the stakes jumping higher and higher, with full-blown war on right around the corner for the characters.

Sample of the Tropes:

  • Chaotic villains
  • Heightening political stkaes and mistrust
  • Dangerous rescue missions
  • Continental war

Spice level: Steamy kissing, several open door sex scenes

Page counts: At the time of publishing this post, I don’t have the exact page counts, but they will be approximately 850 ebook pages and 630 paperback pages.

Darkened Skies Book 5

The fifth book in the Darkened Skies series will be the final and should release in Autumn 2024. This book will be an intense journey through continental war as Astrea and her friends race against the clock to stop finally put a stop to multiple enemies.

Sample of the Tropes:

  • Chaotic villains
  • Heightening political stakes and mistrust
  • Dangerous rescue missions
  • Continental war

Spice level: Steamy kissing, several open door sex scenes

Page counts: At the time of publishing this post, I don’t have the exact page counts, but this will be the longest book in the series and should be approximately 900 ebook pages and 675 paperback pages.

Ready to get started?

When you’re ready to start the Darkened Skies series, here’s where you can find the books:

  • Kindle Unlimited
  • Purchase ebooks on Amazon
  • Audiobooks through Audible or iTunes
  • Paperbacks and hardcovers from Amazon or your preferred retailer

Happy reading!

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