R. J. Davnall


R. J. Davnall has been telling stories all his life, and thus probably shouldn’t be trusted to write his own bio. He lives what his mother insists on calling a 'bohemian lifestyle', working part-time for universities while approaching a PhD in philosophy. When not writing, he can usually be found playing piano or World of Warcraft.

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Lights in the Dark (The Second Realm 7.1)
By R. J. Davnall
You set the price! Words: 6,640. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Category: Fiction
The Gifted of Vessit have no reason to love Chag Van Raighan, so when the last of his friends leaves the town, they waste no time locking him up. But Vessit will be at the centre of the coming war with the Separatists, and every Gift, no matter how minor, will be needed in the town's defense.
When I Don't Need My Eyes to See (The Second Realm 6.3)
By R. J. Davnall
You set the price! Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Category: Fiction
The only way to defeat the Separatists requires Rel to follow Rissad and Taslin into the future. He trusts neither the Gatemaker nor the Gift-Giver, but he's out of options. Before he confronts the perilous crossing through the Lost Realm, though, Thia drops a bombshell that gives him every reason to return safely - if he can return at all.
I'm Not the Man I Thought I Was (The Second Realm 6.2)
By R. J. Davnall
You set the price! Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
Before his mistakes almost destroyed the First Realm, Rel helped Rissad Van Raighan escape the Gift-Givers. Now Rissad is back, claiming to have been to the future and learned of how to save the First Realm once and for all. But Rel's own ability to see the future is blinkered. He can't check if Rissad's telling the truth - or if Rissad might be the one blocking him...
Take Me to the Sea (The Second Realm 6.1)
By R. J. Davnall
You set the price! Words: 7,520. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
Atla has come home, but Vessit is a town still reeling from disastrous Realmquakes and the reappearance of the man blamed for them; Rissad Van Raighan. Rissad claims extraordinary new powers and knowledge, but no-one can tell if he can be trusted. Worse, Rissad has somehow learned Atla's deepest secret: his experience in the Second Realm has left him and his Gift irrevocably changed.
Back in the Wild (The Second Realm 5.4)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 11,890. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
Pevan's desperate plan to rescue her brother from the Separatists has succeeded, but at high cost. Now alienated from both First and Second Realms, the Gifteds' only hope is to free Taslin, held prisoner in the human town of Ilbertin. But Ilbertin has its own Gifted defenders, and if it comes to a fight, Pevan and Rel will be outlawed forever.
Show Me the Way to Go Home (The Second Realm 5.3)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 7,420. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013. Category: Fiction
Against all the odds, Pevan's rescue has succeeded in recovering Rel and Atla from the Separatists' captivity. With the Second Realm in chaos, though, it falls to Atla to Guide them back to safety. Surrounded by feral Wildren and hounded by Separatists, still shaken from his earlier failures, Atla must step up to the level of full Gifted, or the whole First Realm will be at the Separatists' mercy.
Dragon Fly (The Second Realm 5.2)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 11,900. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
Rel is in the hands of the Separatists. Pevan has committed herself to rescuing him, in spite of orders not to. With only Chag to help her, she must make her way through the treacherous Second Realm to the Separatists' lair and find some way to defeat its powerful guards on their home ground.
Wolves at the Gate (The Second Realm 5.1)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 7,690. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
The Separatists have abducted Taslin from the heart of the Gift-Givers' fortress. Pevan is sceptical of Rel's rash plan to get her back, but she only has Chag to back her up. And Chag confesses to a whole new crime: giving the Separatists the ability to read the future. Pevan will have to choose whether to give the thief a second chance, or write off Taslin for dead.
We Have to Go Deeper (The Second Realm 4.6)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 13,180. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Category: Fiction
Rel's trial is over. The Gift-Givers have forgiven his part in the disaster at Vessit. But the trial's aftermath brings revelations which will send Rel and Pevan into the secret depths of the Court, places so dangerous that even their closest allies among the Children of the Wild might kill them instantly and without warning.
The Only Thing We Know is That We Know Nothing (The Second Realm 4.5)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
The Separatists have breached the Court of the Gift-Givers and disrupted Rel's trial, but Pevan still doesn't trust them - and she definitely doesn't believe they're there to help her. At Chag's insistence, a private meeting is called, but the confrontation may call Chag's loyalties into question too.
Catch Me When I Fall (The Second Realm 4.4)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013. Category: Fiction
Pevan's rescue mission finally arrives at the Court of the Children of the Wild, where the Gift-Givers are about to put Rel on trial for almost destroying the First Realm. Chag, distracted by the mixed messages Pevan's sending him, needs Rel to stay true to their Separatist masters, but the Clearseer may have other ideas, and Taslin is determined to see Chag face his own reckoning.
Did You Never Dream of Flying? (The Second Realm 4.3)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 10,650. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2013. Category: Fiction
Atla's training was far from complete when he was recruited by Pevan to help her rescue her brother. Now he's got to find a safe route through the Second Realm to the Court of the Children of the Wild, and along for the trip is Chag Van Raighan, still the most wanted man in the First Realm.
The Sins of The Brother (The Second Realm 4.2)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 7,140. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
To the people of Vessit, Pevan's brother is a pariah, responsible for the Realmquake that ruined their town. Dozens are dead, hundreds injured, but Rel is the only one who might have an idea what happened. To find him, Pevan will have to face the hostility of the townsfolk and somehow recruit a Guide for a journey to the Second Realm...
Through the Fire and Flames (The Second Realm 4.1)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 10,340. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Rel's actions at Vessit trapped Dora in the Abyss, left Keshnu comatose, and shook the entire First Realm. Now, to make amends, he must face the Court of the Children of the Wild. Taslin, the Wilder who was Dora's closest friend and Keshnu's foremost student, is his only guide. And the Sherim that they must cross to leave the First Realm behind has been damaged beyond recognition...
Immortal Remains
By R. J. Davnall
You set the price! Words: 8,370. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Category: Fiction
'Heaven fallen, Heaven spent, Who's to say where the Old Gods went?' Barrin doesn't know what a God is, or Heaven. All he knows is the game the village children play to the timeless nursery rhyme. When the game chases him out into the dangerous wilderness beyond the gresha-fence, he disturbs an ancient cairn. Within, he finds a strange, glittering stone that awakens all kinds of ancient memories.
Atlas Never Shrugged (The Second Realm 3.4 and 3.5)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 12,250. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
With the help of Pevan and Van Raighan, Rel has escaped the clutches of the Gift-Givers. Convinced that Keshnu is about to destroy the Second Realm, Rel persuades his rescuers to stay in Vessit with him and keep watch. When a new Realmquake hits, Rel's fears seem to have been borne out, but if he interferes, he knows Taslin will be waiting for him.
The Weight of the World on Her Shoulders (The Second Realm 3.3)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 11,720. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012. Category: Fiction
The First Realm is starting to shake itself apart under the strain of the Second. Dora's new powers offer some hope to stabilise it, but she can't hold the world together and keep tabs on Rel at the same time. And the Clearseer is about to find a new and dangerous ally...
Mind Over Matter (The Second Realm 3.2)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 10,420. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2012. Category: Fiction
Dora and Wolpan have managed to save Thia from the perils of the Second Realm, but they have no idea what Dora did to manage it. Whatever it was, it's left the nearby Sherim unstable and dangerous. Keshnu comes to the rescue, but his attempt to help Dora gain control of her growing powers misfires badly, and seeds an utterly unthinkable consequence.
A Knot Better Tied (The Second Realm 3.1)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
Rel's actions on arrival in Vessit landed him in prison. Dora must deal with the fallout from his arrest while suffering the uncontrollable, chaotic effects of her Second Gift. When one of Vessit's Gifted becomes stranded in the Second Realm, Dora takes the opportunity to leave her problems behind and help with the rescue. But nothing is ever so simple in the Second Realm.
Falling Off the Face of the Earth (The Second Realm 2.3)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 11,420. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
Pevan has caught up to the fugitive Van Raighan. The thief offers her a deal: he'll reveal his secrets to her if she goes with him to the Second Realm before she turns him in. It's a dangerous bargain, but Pevan's beginning to learn that Van Raighan's dark reputation may be undeserved. He may only be a puppet of far stranger forces, forces that care nothing for mankind.
She Stoops to Conquer (The Second Realm 2.2)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 6,770. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2012. Category: Fiction
Pevan pursues escaped thief Van Raighan into the edges of the treacherous North Wilds. She risks everything to get her man, but there are human as well as Second-Realm dangers in the Wilds. As fatigue slowly gets the better of Pevan, she may find herself having to rely on her quarry to get her back to safety.
Wild Hawk Down (The Second Realm 2.1)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
From behind bars in Federas' jail, master thief Van Raighan shows Pevan a vision of her as his lover. Before he can explain, his allies among the Children of the Wild attack the town to rescue him. Pevan is left with the choice: protect her home, or chase the truth.
Touching the Void (The Second Realm 1.4)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 14,260. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Rel finally arrives in Vessit, chasing Rissad Van Raighan's secrets. Answers await him, but to get at them he'll have to deal with Dora's increasingly erratic moods, Taslin's unknowable motives, and the sinister Children of the Wild who guard Vessit's Abyss. And Rissad's purpose remains obscure. Why does he want to open the giant concrete door beneath the town, and what lies behind it?
A Hole In Her Mind (The Second Realm 1.3)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 8,260. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
Rel and Dora's journey to Vessit is interrupted by a near-mythic Child of the Wild, thought long-extinct. If they're going to survive, Rel will have to trust the shady Gift-Giver, Taslin, but Taslin's plan involves hiding inside an unexplored portal to the Second Realm...
You Can't Go Home Again (The Second Realm 1.2)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
(2.00 from 1 review)
The Children of the Wild have done something to Dora's mind. It's not working right, and she can barely remember who she is, let alone why she's away from home. But the rich, complacent town of Nursim needs her: a powerful Wilder has strayed into town, and her motives are unclear. Worse, Rel, Dora's only friend in town, has a vision of the future that threatens to reignite the Realmwar...
I Can See Clearly Now (The Second Realm 1.1)
By R. J. Davnall
Price: Free! Words: 9,200. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011. Category: Fiction
Clearsight allows you to look into the future. Rel's had a Clearviewing that might allow the little town of Federas to capture an infamous master thief. But the Clearviewing shows Rel will have to do something to make sure Van Raighan is captured, and it doesn't show what...

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