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As far as Mhumhi knows, the city has always been ruled by painted dogs, hulker monsters are evil, and nobody will ever run out of food.

But after his adoptive mother disappears, Mhumhi, an orphaned painted dog, realizes that underneath the city streets lie deep, dark secrets. Like the fact that hulker children speak like dogs. Or like the fact that there might not be enough meat for everyone anymore. Or like the fact that there are monsters in the sewers, monsters that laugh and have sharp teeth…

Ultimately, Mhumhi finds himself responsible for two orphaned hulker children, and faces a choice: should he abandon them and go back into the sunlight, or should he finish what his mother started?


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AnimalWordsEbookMhumhi, a young painted dog, has always been certain of one thing: that the dogs rule the city, and that the few remaining humans are helpless against them. When his unconventional pack took in two small children, however, he didn’t realize that everything he thought he knew was about to be unraveled.

Mhumhi and his children are captured and taken below the city by the mysterious bouda, a group of humans with strange ties to spotted hyenas. These humans are not helpless: in fact, they threaten to upset the balance of power between dogs and humans.

But Mhumhi has more than that to worry about. Soon he will have to make a choice- should he continue to make his human children a part of his dangerous life, or should he entrust them back to their own kind?

He’ll have to decide fast, because as the city’s food supply dwindles, darker machinations are beginning to stir, and to escape them Mhumhi and his pack may have to go beyond the city for the first time.


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In order to protect the child Tareq from murderous painted dogs, Mhumhi and his sister Kutta have fled Wild Dog City for the endless desert. They are searching for the so-called forbidden place- a building where all the remaining human secrets are locked away. The answers to everything that happened to make Wild Dog City what it is.

But they are being pursued, and no place is a safe haven for very long.

Between their pursuers and the hopeless quest of keeping Tareq alive, Mhumhi begins to feel his spirit finally breaking. When a new group comes upon the scene- the gray pack, a clan of coyotes and jackals that believe that all species should be united- Mhumhi finds his new bitterness clashing with their ideals. And then someone unexpected asks for his aid: Hlolwa, the leader of the painted dogs, who is carrying her own terrible secret.

Torn between his loyalty to his family and his new fascination with Hlolwa, Mhumhi realizes that he will again have to make a difficult choice. For he now knows that there are some barriers even the greatest powers cannot overcome…

Includes an extended preview of the upcoming prequel to the Darkeye series!


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Darkeye: The Complete Collection


Darkeye Volumes One, Two, and Three are included in this omnibus.

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SPEAK, DOG and other stories

This sort story collection set in the same universe as Darkeye will be available in 2015!


  1. What minimum age would you recommend your books for?

    • Hmm, tough question. The Darkeye books have a number of things younger folks might not be ready for- violence, and dark themes of depression/death. I’d say probably 15+, though mature preteens might be ok (I know some of my readers are younger than 15!).

      Earthcast is much lighter in tone and has less violence, but it does have more sexual elements and underlying themes of power/abuse. So I guess I’d go ahead and say at least 13+.

  2. That’s a 1,000-fold increase in less than 100 years.

    30 million / 300,000 = 100 So 100 fold (actually 99 fold) increase

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