Curse of Shadows Book #2 in the Amassia Series by AK Wilder
Curse of Shadows Book #2 in the Amassia Series by AK Wilder
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In a world on the brink of the next Great Dying, no amount of training can prepare us for what is to come …

A dangerous High Savant will insight war between the realms.  

A young heir will set out on his initiation journey to train the most powerful phantom alive. 

And a handsome guide with far too many secrets will make me fall in love.

My name is Ash. A lowly scribe meant to observe and record. And yet I think I’m destined to unravel it all. 

The magic of Harry Potter meets the world and ensemble cast of Lord of the Rings in this thrilling, first in a sweeping new fantasy series.

Crown of Bones – Book #1 in the Amassia Series

Out January 5, 2021. EntangledTeen Release

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Throw the Bones
Cover Reveal for the Amassia Series Book #2
Cover Reveal for the Amassia Series Book #2 is here now! I am so happy to share this with you. xxKim

31 Comments

  1. Alicia says:

    Hello! I will right a full review later if I remember but in case I don’t I want to write now. Just for reference, I am a high school Freshman and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Crown of Bones!!! I am about 140 pages in and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it and I think that proper promotion it will become extremely popular. I used to read all of the time (a book a week) but haven’t read a book now in a whole year though I have tried different books. Crown of Bones has been the book to get me back into reading again and I am so grateful!!! The story and characters is so addicting, intriguing and completely fabulous. With most books you can predict what will happen but with this book I don’t know! I am shocked that this book is not already as popular as books like the Hunger Games and I will do my best to try to promote it. This book is truly a masterpiece that takes me into a different world and compels me to continue reading.

    • Kim says:

      Alicia! There is nothing more fulfilling for an author to wake up to a review like the one you just wrote. I hope you to spread the word because your words are golden! Thank you so so much for letting me know your thoughts. Please drop in anytime!

      If you want some swag, bookmark and bits and pieces, I’ll ask my agent if she can send you some. Just email me your address if interested.

      Again, that you so much! xxKim

  2. Pier says:

    When I was about 10 years old, I picked up a book in Barnes and Noble and discovered a love for reading for the first time. When I read it, I was so gripped by the story that I actually forgot I was reading a book. It was like discovering something magical, and I will never forget it.

    Well after many years and many more books since then, I can honestly say that I had that same experience for only the second time in my life when I read Crown of Bones, and it felt like discovering the magic of reading all over again. I. Loved. This. Book. So much so, that I just ordered the physical copy despite already owning the Kindle version. This book deserves to be displayed on a shelf and admired. I cannot wait to continue this series, and I have been very enthusiastically recommending it to all of my friends and strangers alike.

    • Kim says:

      Dearest Pier,

      I’m having trouble typing through the tears. Seriously, there is no higher compliment you could give a book, or an author, than what you’ve just said. Thank you so much for letting me know. It’s a dream come true to write a story that can give that experience to readers.

      I’m overwhelmed. And so grateful for your support.

      Everyone coming here and sharing their wonderful thoughts is beyond what I have hoped for.

      xxKim

      • Pier says:

        Ah, thank you for the kind response!! I am so thrilled to be able to compliment you and your book directly, because I really wanted you to know how much I loved it. Thank you again, and so much love to you! Xx

  3. Kate says:

    Oh my gosh, this book raised to my #1 favorite book. I was so sad to find out the second book hasn’t been released yet! I just wanted to read more! I can’t wait for the next book to be released, and now I have to find another book until the second book is released. I usually go through roughly 3 books a month. Before I started your book I had just finished A Court Of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas and I didn’t think any book could compare after finishing that series for the second time, but Crown Of Bones definitely compared, actually more than compared. I had to go tell all my book nerd friends about it and they are excited to read/listen to it!!!

    • Kim says:

      Kate!

      You have just made my day. No, I think you might have made my year! Thank you so much for your wonderful thoughts about Crown of Bones! I am sorry you have to wait for the next books.

      I have them all written, but the publisher has a schedule, and a plan for them, as is always the case. The fact is (this you will only hear on my akwider.com site/Wilder Newsletter and not on social media) they want book two to read not only as the next book in the series but as a standalone…(so more people will be likely to read it) which means the first ten chapters of Book #2 are being cut.

      Stop reading the red text if you have not read Crown of Bones yet! The first ten chapters are the fight for Baiseen seen through Marcus, Ash, Kaylin and De’ral’s POV. The story isn’t changing but the pub thought it would be hard for a newbie coming in on that battle scene not knowing the characters or phantoms etc….

      So, after reading your most uplifting, heartening words, I have an idea: Release those chapters to readers as a free ‘deleted chapter’ bonus. I’ll ask my agent about it at our next Zoom. It’s still going to be a wait, but getting past the cliffhanger ending, for the very keen readers, might be something.

      I’ll post here any updates on that thought. I am not sure if they would go for it, but I love the idea.

      Kate, thanks again for your wonderful words! I’m so glad you dropped in!

  4. Sariah says:

    Oh my gosh I absolutely adore this books, I finished it in a day, thats what you call getting sucked into a book! You are an incredible writer! I’m so excited for the next adventure these characters get to take me on🤩

  5. Tiana says:

    You know, I think reading is a dying art. Not many people, especially people my age, read with purpose and passion anymore. I read a book every few days, and hit up my local bookstore a couple times a week to stock up, which is where I found this book. It is wonderful and captivating and everything that defines the phrase “sucks the reader in.” I am just so excited that I found it, because this is the kind of book that made me want to start reading in the first place- the kind of book that will make new readers want to start, too. Entirely underrated thus far, and I can’t wait to read the next.

    • Kim says:

      Tania, you just made my day with this post. I so hope that reading, and storytelling, isn’t a dying art, and you are evidence that my hopes are well founded.

      I love that you spotted Crown of Bones, and gave it a try (from your local bookshop who must LOVE you), and you were sucked into the world of Amassia. That was my goal, my once and always goal, to give readers an experience of belonging and connecting to other worlds, other lives.

      I hope, as the word is spread, that more people will find their way to Amassia, to Ash, and Marcus and Kaylin… oh gosh, Salila and the whole company too. The Path knows, they need all the support they can get!

      Thank you so much for dropping in and sharing your awesome thoughts! It has truly lit me up

  6. Nina says:

    I absolutely love Crown of Bones! The detail you put into every little thing is absolutely amazing! I am oh so happy that I stumbled across your book. I’m oh so exited for the next book! <3

    • Nina says:

      Oh, one more thing, do you have any tips for aspiring writers such as myself? Thank you! <3

      • Kim says:

        Nina, I would love to offer you some tips. Where are you at right now in the writing process? Brainstorming an idea? Working on some scenes or chapters? Have a completed draft?

        Your writing process might look different at every stage of the journey but two things will help you, no matter what. Actually, three things.

        1. Treat it like a job. Treat yourself like a writer! Give yourself the respect right now that you will have from others when you publish. Everything starts with how you see yourself. As a writer! Make sure you have a goal for EACH day, be it x number of words on the page, a scene edited, a plot examined, a character refined… meet those goals, EVERY day! Respect the Muse.

        2. You can’t really be ‘taught’ a creative voice but you CAN learn grammar. Punctuation. The TOOLS of writing. Learn those. The mechanical side of telling your story is as important as your imagination.

        3. READ as much as you write. Inside your genre, outside. Read the good, the outstanding, the bad and the WTF? The more you read, the more you’ll start to recognize what can work, what doesn’t… and develop what worlds for you.

        Hope that helps!

        xxKim

    • Kim says:

      Thank you, Nina. That’s thrilling and I’m glad you stumbled across it too! Was that in a local book store, or?

      I’m getting book #2 finalized for the editing process now! 🙂

      You won’t have to wait too long!

  7. Jordan says:

    I’m currently reading through your book right now and I really like it. I am doing a project on your book and I have one question for you. What was the meaning or message behind writing this book?

    • Kim says:

      Hi Jordan, I’m glad you are liking it! And, that’s a good question. The simple answer is to wake something up in the reader. That ‘something’ may well be different for each person, but my goal is to resonate, to connect, to evoke, lighting a spark in the reader as they immerse in the story. I want the character’s journey to become their journey so they can find, at least while reading, a sense of belonging.

      There’s an interesting phenomenon that happens in the mind when we are ‘in the story’ (be it a book, film or show, even some role-playing games). When we feel connected, it is like having that connection in real life. We learn from it, grow from it, experience friendship. It’s called social surrogacy, or parasocial relationships, if you want to explore further.

      But meanwhile, for me, if the readers feels something, if emotions are awakened, ideas lit up, awareness of others, of the environment, of themselves and their own path, their own choices, then the story rang true. And that’s it for me as a writer. That the story, even set in a made-up world, rings true. Also, if there is some fun to be had, like a roller-coaster ride, that’s also a win!

      So, whatever meaning you as the reader take from my books is the right one. I would ask, how did the story make me feel? Who are you, when you’re reading?

      Does that make sense? 🙂

      • Jordan says:

        Thank you for responding. It made sense and I just wanted to ask one more thing. What was the theme you were going for in this book?

        • Kim says:

          Hi Jordon,

          There are many themes that have risen up in the process of writing the Amassia series, but I wouldn’t say I was ‘going’ for any of them consciously. At least not at first. When I write, it’s all about immersing in the world and characters and the ‘story’s desire to ‘speak”. I don’t know how else to explain it. There’s nothing planned, at the start, other than to share an idea or vision. In this case, it was ‘what will the world be like in 250 million years, when all the continents return to one…will their be humans, technology, or diverse races with powers that to us appear to be magic?

          As I started to write, imagining the answers, I saw a world on the brink of environmental disaster – another Great Dying – so there is a strong theme there, and the power of friendship and connection that binds the group of young companions who support the Heir, and do what they must…
          There is also a theme identity, empowerment, or dis-empowerment, and what can cause either. I did purposely want to explore mental health and shadow projection (phantoms) and differing perceptions of reality that change with various points of view. (Child sacrifice for one people is the continuation of the race to another… )
          But the most important theme is a sense of belonging, what I hope readers feel when they are in the pages, journeying along with the characters, feeling part of it all
          That’s the gold for me, in storytelling — transporting a reader ‘there’ so they can experience it all in their own way.

          Make sense?

          Let me know how you go with your project!

  8. Amanda Tilley says:

    I’m am so happy I came across this book on someone’s Instagram account! I honestly love how different this fantasy book is from every other book of the same genre. I’m dying to know what happens to Kaylen and Ash. I wish I could go back in time and change my son’s name now dangit!

    • Kim says:

      Amanda, I am so glad you loved the book! I’m doing another work through of book #2 right now in readiness for the editing process. It all starts soon.

      And if you work out the time travel, let me know! 🙂

      xx Kim (AK Wilder)

  9. Elisabeth says:

    This book is epic!! I’m dying for the next one!! When will we know more? I have so many questions, I need so many answers!! Thank you for an incredible book, it’s amazing!

    • AK Wilder says:

      Elisabeth! I am thrilled that you have enjoyed the journey with Marcus, Ash and Kaylin – with them all! I intend for every single reader question to be answered by the end of book three.

      All three books in the series are written and now we just wait and see what Entangled Publishing and Macmillan plan for the next release. I do know that the better Crown of Bones is received, the quicker Path of Bones (working title for book #2) is released. I would love it to have a June or July birthday – the perfect summer read in the States, or cozy winter read down here in Aus.

      I will keep everyone posted, for sure!

      xxKim

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