Book Spotlight: The Dark Crown by S.C. Gowland


Today I am delighted to be hosting a spotlight for ‘The Dark Crown’ by S.C. Gowland a semi-finalist in BBNYA 2021.


This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Book Summary:

‘No more souls today,’ he whispered.

The fate of the world hangs in the balance, both in the land of Thura and Kaoldan’s life. As a member of the magical Order of Walkers, Kaoldan is desperate to keep the peace as the world tries to tear itself apart.

But his life is about to change. There is a whisper in the wind; the return of Reng. The return of dark times. As Kaoldan fights to unravel the mystery and his own dark past, reunited with his daughters after years apart throws him into another unfamiliar role – how to be a father again. This is another battle he cannot lose.

Together they must solve the mysteries of Reng, unmask the true identity of the malevolent presence and unravel the secrets of the Dark Crown. Battles will be fought, lives will be lost, but if Kaoldan can save souls, there is always hope. 


Independently Published, May 28th 2020. 317 pages.

About the Author:

Like many people I have always felt that I’ve had a book inside of me – painful as that might be – and have wanted to write my own stories. This particular idea has been bouncing around my head for over twenty years.  It’s only over the last three or so years that things have actually happened.

I am a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction. Reading authors like David Eddings and David Gemmell provided the basis of my education in all things fantastical and paved the way for the creation of my own fantasy worlds. I enjoy fiction that takes you to a different world, something completely absorbing and transcendental – a place you can lose yourself in – I try to incorporate these elements into my fiction.

So, how did I get started?

I attended various books events and met a few authors (like the inspirational Joe Abercrombie above), that did really inspire me to begin getting words down on the page.  The real turning was finding out about a podcast called The Bestseller Experiment (see below). 

In every way a writing experiment, led by two witty and very affable chaps, about what works (or doesn’t) in the world of literature and publishing.  I began getting ideas, learning hints/tips, tricks of the trade and with this came confidence and finally my words began appearing on a page.

I am writing a fantasy trilogy in the vein that I have always enjoyed.  A good trilogy should grab you, make you fearful, brave and emotional within an awe-inspiring world. I take my inspiration from various sources and not always from books; films, tv and video games have all played their part.

That is what I am working towards and, when they are released throughout 2020, I hope you will find them to be as fun, exciting and gripping to read as they were to write.

Social Media:

Website | Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon US


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