Piercing the Darkness is a complex, twisting ride through a richly layered world!

This novel starts where Seed of Scorn leaves off, with impending conflict in Faélondul and between the members of the house of Benoist. Once again, Aaron-Michael Hall weaves magic to create a captivating and enthralling tale of love, lust, betrayal and commitment. This is a truly writhing plot with multifaceted characters that are eternally evolving in such unexpected twists.

Aaron-Michael Hall excels at creating a portrait of humanity at its best and at its worst, with characters that are three-dimensional and compelling. The stakes are high and the emotions are real. And moving behind it all is a theme just as timely as it is timeless.

I am very proud to recommend this book.  Aaron-Michael Hall is one of my favorite fantasy authors, and this book proves why.


Aaron-Michael Hall is an American Speculative Fiction author (Epic Fantasy and Science Fantasy) from southern Illinois.

Since August 2015, she has written eight full-length novels and published four.

Now, when she is not interviewing indie authors on her Desu Beast Blog, being super mom, or managing her 9 to 5, she is interweaving genres and adding just the right edge to keep you turning pages.

When she was younger, Aaron-Michael would get lost in the fantasy and sci-fi worlds created by Andre Norton, N.K. Jemisin, R.A. Salvatore, Octavia Butler, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K Le Guin, and R. Scott Bakker.

Being from a large family, Aaron-Michael would often steal away high in a tree or nearby wood seeking solitude. While enjoying the peace her natural surrounding provided, she created her own worlds and languages. Some characters and elements created then are used now in her current series (The Rise of Nazil and The Shifter trilogies). One of her created languages, Mehlonii, is comprised of hundreds of words. For a sample of the spoken Mehlonii language created for this fantastical series, please visit her website (aaronmichaelhall.com).