The second original companion novel to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal follows Naia and Kylan as they seek help from the Gelfling clans to prevent the Skeksis from implementing the next stage of their sinister plan.

Kylan of Sami Thicket is a skilled song teller, but singing the tales of long-gone heroes won’t help his friends as they journey into dangerous, unknown lands. After uncovering the betrayal of the Skeksis Lords, he and his friend Naia are on the run, pursued by the Skeksis’s underlings and outcast even among their fellow Gelfling. But Kylan knows the truth must be told, no matter how difficult the telling. Maybe there’s use for a song teller after all…


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.


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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