Deep within the remote swamplands of Sog, a young Gelfling woman called Naia encounters a mysterious silver-haired traveler who brings life-altering news from the All-Maudra. No longer bound to remain in her small village, Naia embarks on a journey to the Castle of the Crystal—the home of the Skeksis overlords who have accused her twin brother of treason.

Unwilling to accept these accusations, Naia hopes to learn the truth about her brother. However, the truths that she uncovers reveal something far greater than the fate of one Gelfling or even of the whole Gelfling race.

Something dark is spreading throughout Thra, and there are those who will do whatever it takes to ensure that its true nature remains hidden.


J. M. Lee

J. M. Lee is an author, illustrator, and writing mentor with a background in linguistics and film. His story The Ring of Dreams was awarded first place in the Jim Henson Company’s prestigious Author Quest. He writes cross-genre adventure, draws faces with really dramatic eyebrows, and mostly comes out at night…mostly. He lives with his wife, Claire, in Minneapolis.


Brian Froud

Brian Froud is regarded as the preeminent faerie artist in the world and an authority on faeries and faerie lore. His groundbreaking work with Jim Henson as conceptual designer on feature films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth set new standards for design, puppeteering, and animatronics in film. Read more about Brian Froud.

Cory Godbey

Cory Godbey creates fanciful illustrations for books and films. His award-winning work has been featured in many esteemed annuals, including Spectrum and The Society of Illustrators. He lives with his wife, son, and a pack of stray cats in South Carolina.

Author Quest

From October 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013, The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap of the Penguin Young Readers Group accepted writing submissions to find the author for a new novel set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This author search was open to all professional and aspiring professional writers. Read more about the Author Quest Contest.

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