Adventures in Thousandworld

BOOK ONE: THE DARKENSTAR

A favourite among Swedish readers of all ages, now available in English!

UK readers can order it here.

Click here for international orders.

E-book downloads: Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Nook, Kobo

Download chapters 1-5 for free here (pdf).

Download the teacher’s guide for years 6-8 here. (British school system, ages 11-13)

When the refugee boy Kasir appears in the little Swedish town of Klippsby, twelve-year-old Julia realises at once that something about her new classmate is a bit strange. But she doesn’t realise just how different he is until one fateful night when they are attacked by terrifying living shadows.

Along with her little brother Edvin and an old vagrant called the Troubadour, they are forced to flee through a magical portal to Kasir’s homeland. It is a world of boundless beauty, where art comes alive – but the shadows threaten to destroy all its wonders. While Julia and Edvin struggle with a new language, a new culture and unknown perils, they discover that they have a secret link to Kasir’s world. Perhaps they might even have the power to save it.

What readers are saying about The Darkenstar:

“A well-written story that can spellbind readers of a wide range of ages.” (Christina, culture journalist)

”The Darkenstar is superb. It has made my students want to read … I work in a multicultural area, and the story resonated with them.” (Marie, sixth grade teacher)

“This is such an amazing adventure story, I just couldn’t put it down! 5/5 Sweet Strawberries.” (The Strawberry Post)

“A magical, artistic book that I couldn’t stop reading! 5 out of 5 gryphons!” (Cissi, book blogger)

“Although I don’t read a lot of middle grade books anymore, I’m really glad I gave this fantasy book a chance. It has a really captivating story …” (Librarian of Terrasen)

“Thrilling and realistic! I enjoyed it, and I would love to read the sequel.” (Isidor, 12)

”My eight-year-old son loved it and immediately asked when he could hear more.” (Mikael, father)

“So freaking good and entertaining! I loved it.” (Nerdy Books)

“I really liked the story and omg what an ending — I can’t believe that happened to be honest!” (World of my Books)

“My absolute favorite thing is how realistic Julia is. I haven’t read such an authentic 12 year old in a long time. She totally brought back memories and emotions from when I was that age. It was almost uncanny.” (Fun and Books)

“It’s definitely a book that will be at home in our school library and I recommend it for kids aged 8-16.” (Gilt-edged Pages)

“This book was beautiful. It reminded me of an Andrew Peterson novel in the way that hope was woven throughout the entire story. Even when it seems like the shadows within and without are insurmountable, hope shines through.” (Lou Turns Pages)

“This was a five star read! Great for middle grade readers (ages 8-12) but also for all of us adults to soothe our inner child.” (Living for Literature)

Would you like to share your thoughts on The Darkenstar? You can review it on Goodreads, Amazon or Barnes & Noble’s website.