The Midnight Land I

The Midnight Land I

by E.P. Clark

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All are born weak. Some become strong.

"A bold beginning to a series that explores gender, empathy, and the frozen north"--Kirkus

"A riveting saga"—Midwest Book Review

Honorable Mention, Epic Fantasy, 2016 Readers' Favorite Awards
Honorable Mention, Fantasy, 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

After a life of unhappy luxury, Krasnoslava Tsarinovna (Slava to her friends, if she had any) is desperate to escape her position as the younger sister of the Empress of all of Zem'. When an explorer requests Imperial support for her mission to map the Midnight Land, the territory above the sunline, Slava asks that she be allowed to come along—and to her surprise, her wish is granted.

As she travels North with her new companions, she encounters people from all walks of life, and also discovers that there is more out there than just the world of women. The spirits of the forest, and even the gods themselves, take an interest in her and her magical gifts, which manifest themselves as she journeys.

Hoping to gain answers to her questions about her growing abilities, she goes in search of sorceresses, but instead of magical assistance, she stumbles into a plot, one she may not be able to avert—or want to.

Combining high fantasy with enough snark to power a medium-sized country, The Midnight Land is a satirical, subversive story of female empowerment set in a magical, matriarchal Russian world.

Reading order for the Zemnian Series:

The Zemnian Series: Slava's Story
The Midnight Land I: The Flight
The Midnight Land II: The Gift

The Zemnian Series: Dasha's Story
The Breathing Sea I: Burning
The Breathing Sea II: Drowning

The Zemnian Series: Valya's Story
The Dreaming Land I: The Challenge
The Dreaming Land II: The Journey
The Dreaming Land III: The Sacrifice

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162820901
Publisher: Helia Press
Publication date: 10/17/2015
Series: The Zemnian Series: Slava's Story , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,477
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

E.P. Clark’s first story was about a ghost in the bushes back in her native Kentucky. Fortunately for all concerned, it has not survived. Since then diverse adventures have happened, many of them unexpectedly involving Russia. Having, much to her surprise, gained the ability to speak Russian, she then went on to complete her Ph.D. in the subject. When she is not writing, she teaches Russian and contemplates the mysteries of poetic form. She is the author of multiple short stories; this her first novel in what turned out to be a massive, multi-volume series. Her website is She loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached by email at , on Pinterest at, on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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