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Centuries ago, the prophetic Golden Age ended in war, and history spiraled into darkness. Now, only scholars retain the last portent of the mythic city A’lara, concealed in a distant glade for the advent of the dragon mage. At the edge of the Known World, the slave Larin escapes her new lord before she meets his dark masters. Deep in the mountains, the legendary elf Kingard awaits his call to battle. When young Darek flees imperial mages tasked to exterminate shape-shifters, he launches them all on a voyage to redeem their unsought destiny. United by fate and guided by prophesy, their growing band of fugitives journey for A’lara to fight the ancient evil infiltrating the capital. But looming over the gears of fate, their enemies follow the same prophesies. With the unknown close upon them, Kingard and his allies face a mortal quest to restore their infected empire.

Fantasy / Adventure
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Table of Contents

Hello, dear reader! This novel was originally published in 2014, and it contains a number of maps of the Known World, which cannot be displayed through Inkitt. Each chapter is accompanied by a unique map, and the map region is used as a chapter title.

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Also, because Inkitt prefers shorter chapters, this novel’s 14 chapters have been divided into smaller sections. This table of contents reflects the original formatting.

Chapter I: The Khollek Mountains
Chapter II: The Sutek Desert
Chapter III: The Forests of Kalrein
Chapter IV: The Draconan Mountains
Chapter V: The D’jed Mountains

Chapter I : The Back Rishi
Chapter II: The Katei Ocean
Chapter III: Kanata

Chapter I: The Front Rishi
Chapter II: The Gulf of Lohki
Chapter III: The Desperate Sea

Chapter I: The Glades of Despair
Chapter II: The Eighth Hell
Chapter III: A’lara City

BONUS: Worldbuilding Resources




The rest of this “chapter” contains the front matter for the published book: advanced praise, my publication list, copyright, dedication, and acknowledgments.

Scroll through if you’re interested, or skip straight to the next chapter to start reading!

Incredible world-building!”
M.L Spencer, author of The Rhenwars Saga

Praise for groundbreaking author
D.N.Frost’s Tales of the Known World novels


“I was on the edge of my seat as I turned each page. Looking for a novel that is hard to put down? Look no further. A fantasy novel you will never forget!” – Steven Daniel Books

“Unique world-building with magical imagery that delights the senses. Maps are sprinkled throughout . . . The climatic ending is fast-paced and takes unexpected turns. I recommend to readers who love world-building and vivid imagery of how magic works.” – Linnea Tanner, New Apple Summer and Global Ebooks award-winning author of the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series

“A rare treat, a spark of uniqueness that makes [fantasy] feel new again. Both gripping and beautiful, the book fantasy fans only dreamed about until now.” – Readers’ Favorite

“Anyone who likes epic fantasy is going to love this saga.” – Alberto Guaita Tello, author of The Eyes of the Sea

“Wow. Top-notch . . . contains several subtle forms of brilliance that induce a deep, cerebral pause. The author does an excellent job.” – Jocelyn Crawley, editor of WordHelps

“As beautifully written as it is captivating.” Alithea G. of California

“The world brought to life is so amazing and rich with culture. I haven’t felt this strongly about a book since The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. I can hardly wait for the next book!” – J.R. Cooper of Texas

“A truly good book. It’s hard to put down.” Edward O. of Michigan

“One of the most amazing books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read! Frost really knows how to enrapture the reader and create a fantastic world.” – Bellatrix L.S. of Texas (starred review)

“Hell of an end. Can’t wait for more!” – Julia D. of New Jersey

“Ideal for fans of Andre Norton, Mercedes Lackey, Brent Weeks. Gripping, fluidly written. Frost’s characters are involved, complex and brimming with an enlightened spark.” – Jessie H. of Texas (starred review)

“Unbridled, uncontrived, and groundbreaking. This story really stands out, with puzzle pieces that snap together in satisfying succession. Keep ’em coming!” – Jesse V. of Michigan

“Gripping from the very first page, the story unfolds like a great epic tapestry. Want fantasy, dragons, and a book you just can’t stop reading? Go for it.” – Albert of U.S.A. (starred review)

“Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. As you read – no, consume – this book, you are pulled along with the whirlwind of the character’s experience. Bravo!” – Sarah D. of New York (starred review)

“You won’t be able to put it down! The characters are center-stage, but Frost also creates a world that becomes vivid in the reader’s imagination.” – Mike B. of Pennsylvania (starred review)

“Very well written fantasy, exciting and gripping, [with] a whole world supplied freely by the author’s website. Become lost in an engaging plot and a very plausible alternative world.” – Cathy of U.K. (starred review)

“Poetic prophecies, detailed maps, and a tense plot. Traditional fantasy races and creatures all have a twist to them. Frost manages the cast of distinctive characters and weaves their stories through many unexpected twists and turns.” – Readers’ Favorite

“Frost is a consummate world-builder. Characters are complex and three-dimensional. If you love Anne McCaffrey, J.R.R. Tolkien and Tad Williams, Awakening is a novel you want. The plot is fast-paced and entertaining. A spectacular accomplishment.” – M.L Spencer, author of the Rhenwars Saga

Advanced praise for BROKEN

“The characterization was impressive. Frost made unlikable, seemingly irredeemable characters rootable, or at least sympathetic. Fast-paced, humor, tension, excitement, foreboding, heartbreaking. Excellent sequel!” – Dana V.

“Exciting, suspenseful, and constantly left me wanting more. I felt a connection with every character that stretched over a very wide range of emotions. I eagerly wait for the next installment.” – J.R. Cooper

“Frost does a fantastic job of creating full worlds and dynamic characters, as well as character relationships, all tied together with heady imagery. Plus, subscribing to her website gets you free access to all sorts of neat things to bring you closer to this wonderful fantasy world.” – Savannah B.

Also by D.N.Frost
Tales of the Known World

Set I ~ Chronicles of Mother’s Gate
BROKEN ~ Book Two

Coming Soon

CONCEIVED ~ Book Three
DIVINE ~ Book Four
Set II ~ The Rise of the House of Grishem

Additional Titles

For Kindle ~ FANTASY MAP MAKER JUMP START: 61 Easy Tips for Fantasy World Building with Real Earth Science

Published by TotKW Books
An imprint of D.N.Frost Publications
Copyright © 2020 by D.N.Frost

D.N.Frost Publications endorses copyright and creative ownership. Thank you for supporting authors and free speech by upholding copyright law and buying an official copy of this publication. This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or hereafter invented, without written permission from the publisher, except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.

Tales of the Known World Saga
ISBN: 979-8618679886
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First Publication, 2014
Printed in the United States of America
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Cover art, cover design, book design, and maps by D.N.Frost
This book is a work of fiction.

For you, and for me.


There are so many people who helped make this book possible. I cannot hope to thank them all. I can start with my loving family, especially my mother and my aunt Dana, for encouraging my dreams even when they were a distant reality.

Thanks to my thoughtful editors Cease and Jesse, who gave my manuscript the final polish it needed, and whose polish gave me the boost of confidence I needed to push through to the end.

I want to thank the friends who read my work and provided crucial encouragement on the long and rocky road to publishing. In particular, thanks to Remy, Trixie, Jesse, Kaitlyn, and Blue for your support and enthusiasm.

Very special appreciation goes out to Lindsay, without whom these stories would never have been. Thank you for the nexus that became so much more than either of us dared to dream.

I must thank the people who read this book in its infancy, when the debut edition arose from obscurity and first began to shine. The time you took to share your thoughts made my toils worth it. Your reviews remind me why my work matters in the first place.

And thank you, dear reader, for becoming part of my adventure.

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