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Heirs of Tenebris: An Epic Young Adult Fantasy Series

There are those that tell stories about the legends of the Shadow Forest, of magical waters that grant your deepest desires, and of times long ago when ancient sorcerers wielded unnatural power.

After the death of her family and the appearance of strange physical changes she cannot explain, seventeen-year-old Nyla begins to wonder if she might be cursed with magic herself. Without a home and longing for the family she’s lost, Nyla retreats into herself.

But when her new plan for answers brings her to a crossroads with a fellow traveler named Xander—whose own painful past is also a mystery—Nyla must decide if she can trust a stranger. But even if she can learn to trust, could her very connection to Xander place them both in peril?

With an ominous force gaining power in Nyla’s homeland, she must choose how far she is willing to go to find answers when not only her fate—but possibly all of Tenebris—depends on it.

Fire & Flight is Brianna R. Shaffery’s debut novel and the first novel in the epic young adult Fantasy trilogy Heirs of Tenebris.

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The spirits of the Shadow Forest are waking up.

Hidden in the centuries-old legends of the forest is the history forgotten by the country of Tenebris. But for seventeen-year-old Nyla, the 600-year-old history has become her present. Struggling to break the curse binding her to the Woodlane Manor, she and her companions must race against time to find and defeat Dinora, the evil sorceress of legend, before she can destroy their homeland. With the help of Xander and Shamira, Nyla searches for a way to break the curse that won’t require a hefty sacrifice.

But even as their small victories swell their hope, the real battle is only just beginning. With the trio forced to confront their pasts, they must overcome their present trials and prepare to face the impending future. But what if Dinora raises her army before Nyla and Xander can gather the forces necessary to defeat her? Will they lose everything they had only just begun to dream of?

Return to Tenebris in Embers of Eternity, the stunning sequel to Brianna R. Shaffery’s epic young adult fantasy series, the Heirs of Tenebris.

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Winds of War



To free the spirits of the Shadow Forest, the evil sorceress must fall.

The past of 647 years ago collides with the present as the fate of Tenebris and all of magic stands on the precipice of great devastation. As Astrid’s heir, Nyla must defeat Dinora, and the humans and pumpkies must forge a path for her to reach the evil sorceress. But is Nyla willing to risk the life she's only just begun to guarantee the safety of those she cares about and strangers alike?

While the coalition of soldiers, Casters, and Royal Guards scramble to mount a defense against Dinora's army, Shamira finds herself the leader of the three pumpkie clans in a clash against formidable beasts of stone. Can she put aside her own heart and convictions to become a leader?

Closer to home, Xander struggles to balance the desperation of his heart and the duties thrust upon him in the midst of the chaos. But when a crucial decision is made on the battlefield, he, Nyla, and Shamira are forced to confront their deepest truths. Will they conquer the challenges they face in the fight for Tenebris's future, or will survival cost too much for them to bear?

The thrilling conclusion to Brianna R. Shaffery's epic young adult fantasy trilogy the Heirs of Tenebris, Winds of War delivers the truth behind the legends and puts the past to rest at last.


Releasing October 10, 2023!


Venture into the world of Tenebris, home to the mysterious Shadow Forest and the adventure of a lifetime.

Before setting off on your own journey into the Heirs of Tenebris trilogy, this guide to Tenebris aims to excite you about the Kingdom’s people, culture, and storied landscape. From the myths of the Shadow Forest to the southeastern coast of the Amber Dunelands, Tenebris offers something for everyone to enjoy. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to feel as though you’ve experienced it all. This field guide is your gateway into Tenebris. May it serve you well in your adventures into this fantastical land!


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A short story that details the day in a life of a young prisoner whose hope is to one day sail on a ship he had seen before his imprisonment. This was originally an assignment given to me for class in order to utilize setting and improve our character development. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

The New York skyline is crumbling. For all she knows, Rae and her family are the only ones alive, but even that becomes questionable as she finds herself broken and shattered. The city that had given her so much hope from a distance now stands as a symbol of a world in ruins.

The only other sign of life? They're dead, but walking the earth as if they forgot to lay down. And they're getting closer to Rae and her family. Are they really safe in the lighthouse? Or have they survived this long only to be infected?

Memories are a fickle thing, especially when all you remember are a few hushed words swept away by careening chaos and the fading of your consciousness.When I next opened my eyes, I was in a room I didn’t know, in a world I realized with crushing certainty I didn’t belong in, that couldn’t be real.But there’s one thing I do remember: I was running from something, and that something, that monster, was strikingly real, despite Spencer’s reassurances of my safety. Every day is a battle, but how long can someone fight themselves?

Join Ava and Spencer as they host Thanksgiving for their friends Delia and Howie. As the four recount their lives and the things they're grateful for, the celebration turns sour.
Will the four of them be able to reconcile their hopes for the future against the lives they've led for years?