Reina: Dark of Winter Origins Short Story

I am pleased to announce the release of the first of four FREE short ‘origins’ stories focusing on key characters from the dark fantasy novel Dark of Winter.

This first short story is set in Sumner seven years before the events of that book and follows the birth of Reina.

Reina Dark of Winter - Final Cover
Reina: Dark of Winter Origins Short Story

This first short story is available via

In the next few months the following three ‘origins’ short stories will also be released:


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Dark of Winter receives a warm literary welcome

For immediate release:

Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Dark Fantasy – Horror book “Dark of Winter” by Christopher Percy, currently available at


Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Reviewed By Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers’ Favorite

Vaconius has changed. The slaughter of the Northern warriors did not quicken his pulse with the thrill of battle. Instead, it sickened him. Vaconius’ lack of enthusiasm hasn’t escaped King Fialsun’s notice. Greedy, insane King Fialsun cannot have his best captain struggling with his morals when only one village remains outside of his dominion. Sumner is home to a strange people, mutated by inbreeding and isolation, guarded by warriors possessing infamous ferocity and skill. Fialsun orders Vaconius further north to destroy Sumner and all its inhabitants. With only a hundred men at his back, Vaconius may well be marching to his death. Sumner has its own problems. A child has gone missing among the dead trees and deep snow, and a demon of legend appears as a harbinger of worse things to come. The dark of winter is coming to Sumner and even the dead don’t want to be there when it arrives.

There is so much to love about Dark of Winter. Christopher Percy’s descriptions feed into the imagination to paint a world that’s stark and dangerous, filled with strange creatures—some of them human. The characters in Dark of Winter are fascinating and realistic. Vaconius and Hidden reflect each other in certain aspects, introducing plenty of occasions for the reader to contemplate the themes woven through the plot. Conflict builds on two levels as the humans are pitted against each other, yet must unite to fight an even greater adversary. The demons of the dark are frightening and their strangeness lends them a chilling sense of authenticity. Gory battles, a tense plot with a thrilling conclusion, and a ribbon of weirdness running throughout make Dark of Winter a highly satisfying read.

You can learn more about Christopher Percy and “Dark of Winter” at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

Readers’ Favorite LLC
Media Relations
Louisville, KY 40202

Free Chapter available for Dark of Winter

Chapter One from Dark of Winter is now available as a free PDF document so you can begin your journey into the dark fantasy story by Christopher Percy.

I hope you like it and please let me know what you think.  Feel free to share this sample chapter with your family, friends, colleagues or anyone you know who would enjoy reading my dark fantasy novel.

If you enjoyed the sample chapter from Dark of Winter by Christopher Percy, you can purchase the full book via the universal books2read link for your favourite digital bookstore.

Thanks so much for your support.




Release Day: Dark of Winter is now available

At last, Dark of Winter is officially launched!  Christopher Percy will take you on a journey to Sumner, where in one night, its fate will be decided.

Dark of Winter cover
Dark of Winter by Christopher Percy – cover

Dark of Winter is available to purchase at the following digital retailers:

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If you have a subscription service, the book is also available to download at:

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Every few days. new digital books shops are being added, so try this link to see if your preferred retailer is there:

Dark of Winter synopsis:

The people of Sumner are odd. Their village, far to the north where the weather is worst, is lost to a world of snow and ice and freezing death. No one trusts Sumner. No one goes there.

Until now.

King Fialsun’s soldiers are battle weary. They have spent years carving an empire that starts from the south and rises up like an inexorable branch, twisting east and west and now to new territories in the north.

Despite growing dissent, Fialsun’s power remains absolute and his might infinite. But one village remains outside from his sovereignty: Sumner.

Fialsun sends one hundred of his soldier veterans to find and to decimate the village. To bring an end to its stigma and to quash the dreaded infamy of its most lethal warrior: Threecuts.

But strange events have been unfolding in Sumner. A girl has gone missing and warriors deem they have captured a creature from mythology. All the evidence leads to the conclusion that an ancient evil is coming.

In one night the fate of Sumner will be decided. If the King’s soldiers do not reach them first, then the creatures of the Dark of Winter will.