I’ve had quite a few books landing on my doorstep the last couple of weeks or so, but had trouble taking picutres with my phone camera and so wasn’t able to get these book haul posts out until now.  This means that there’s a few of these posts over the next two weeks but I hope you like all of the books that I’m gong to show you as they are all so interesting and I can’t wait to read them all!  Today’s book is from Eken Press and is a book that I actually agreed to review a long time ago back in August, but the book I was sent just disappeared into the postal ether never to appear at my door! 😮  I hope it isn’t lost for good but thankfully the publisher (and a big thank you to Tony from Eken Press for this) was kind enough to send another copy and I hope to get to this relatively soon as I’m hoping to score an interview with the author too! 😀

In case you didn’t know the books I receive from Eken Press come from Sweden but are now published in English, so I find it extra interesting to read fiction from another country. 🙂  Let’s take a look at this book aimed at older children and younger teens…

Late September Book Haul Eken Press close up of book
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Adventures in Thousandworld: The Darkenstar by Joseph A. Davis – When the refugee boy Kasir appears in the little Swedish town of Klippsby, twelve-year-old Julia realizes at once that something about her new classmate is a bit strange. But she doesn’t realize just how different he is until one fateful night when they are attacked by terrifying living shadows.
Along with her little brother Edvin and an old vagrant called the Troubadour, they are forced to flee through a magical portal to Kasir’s homeland. It is a world of boundless beauty, where art comes alive – but the shadows threaten to destroy all its wonders. While Julia and Edvin struggle with a new language, a new culture and unknown perils, they discover that they have a secret link to Kasir’s world. Perhaps they might even have the power to save it.


This book is the first in what is hopefully an exciting fantasy series! 🙂  I can’t wait to read this and find out what happens, there are some beautiful illustrations inside and the cover image is so intriguing isn’t it? 🙂  A review of this will be appearing on this blog as soon as possible although not this month as I’m going to be super busy with a ridiculously long book for a blog tour at the end of the month (you can find out more about that book on Friday!)

What do you think of this book?  Do you enjoy reading fiction from other countries?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂