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Welcome to Ruin Mist - The Fantasy World of Robert Stanek.
The #1 bestselling Ruin Mist books are celebrating their 20th Anniversary.
Translated into 57 languages, Robert Stanek’s books have sold 20 million copies worldwide.

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New to Ruin Mist? Pick a path and go to join the more than 5 million people worldwide who have discovered Ruin Mist.

Kids and teens start with The Kingdoms & The Elves of the Reaches 1 - 4 and then continue on to In the Service of Dragons 1 - 4. Next, read Breathe of Fire and Living Fire, the prequels.

Adults, read Keeper Martin's Tale, Kingdom Alliance, Fields of Honor and Mark of the Dragon. Next, read Dragons of the Hundred Worlds, the prequel to the Ruin Mist Chronicles.

For kids and teens, the adventures begin anew with The Dragon, The Wizard and The Great Door.

For adults, the adventures begin anew with Guardians of the Dragon Realms.

** For all, don't miss A Daughter of Kings, the Ruin Mist Graphic Novel! **

"A prolific non-fiction writer, Stanek's focus on instruction influences his fiction with a penchant for clear and simple prose. He also prefers swift, action-oriented scenes. Solidly built." -- Foreword Magazine.

"This wonderful adventure reminds me of a cross between J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Tad Williams, and C. S. Lewis."

"Robert Stanek is one of our most featured and respected authors." -- The Audio Book Store

"Word of mouth turned it into a bestseller. Very satisfying." -- The Fantasy Guide

"Recommended series."-- Ancient Art of Faery Magick

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Meet Robert Stanek

Translated into 57 languages, Robert Stanek’s books have sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide. Though he’s always been a writer at heart, he never set out to be a writer. What he wanted to be, he didn’t know when he said goodbye to high school. What he wanted to do though, he knew that: he wanted to see the world—and so he did while serving his country in distant lands.

Robert Stanek wrote novels for more than ten years before he ever tried to get published. His big break came with a book about publishing—only a different sort of publishing than you may be thinking. The book was about web publishing and so his career in writing began. While he wrote those other books, he wrote many, many stories and books, and he collected them for a long time, until at his children’s urging he set out to get them published for others to enjoy.

Robert Stanek's most popular books are those set in the fantasy world of Ruin Mist. More than 5 million people have read the Ruin Mist books, they include:

Four 'Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches' books
Four 'In the Service of Dragons' books
Two Ruin Mist: Magic Lands novels
Four 'Ruin Mist Chronicles' novels
Two Dragons of the Hundred Worlds novels
Three Guardians of the Dragon Realms novels
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ruin Mist
Keeper Martin's Guide to the Fantastic
Art of Ruin Mist: Heroes and Villains

When he’s not writing about the world of Ruin Mist or writing technical books, he writes picture books for children. Recently, four new Robert Stanek picture books were published. They include:

+ Pirates Stole My Booty (A Silly Pirates Picture Book)
+ Mamma Sea Turtle Lost Her Babies (A Silly Colors and Shapes Picture Book)
+ Twelve Dresses, One Star (A Silly Picture Book About Being Who You Are)
+ How Many Fish? (A Silly Counting Picture Book) (Silly Picture Books)

Buster, Lass, Cat, Barry, Dag and the other critters have always been his kids’ favorites. His son dressed up as Buster Bee for Halloween many times and would wear the costume to school for character day too. Fun for Robert, as the critters and their stories developed from his experiences with his kids and the world around them as they grew up. Parents and kids seem to really connect with the the stories and their lessons because of the characters too.

Robert developed a love for the classics as a child—classics like Treasure Island, The Swiss Family Robinson, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, and The Three Musketeers. He spent so many hours reading Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Herman Melville, Jack London, and Charles Dickens. He also loves the works of W. B. Yeats, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Poe, H. G. Wells, L. M. Montgomery, and Frank Herbert.

Robert Stanek Books

Robert Stanek's Guide to Publishing & Being an Author:

Traveling the Writer's Road | Taking Your Work From Print to Film

Selling Rights to Your Books | Viewpoints on Rejection Letters

Understanding Bestseller Lists | Finding Success as a Writer

How Far Indies Have Come in so Few Years | Understanding Book Sales Data

Understanding Publishing Today | From 4th Grade Musings to Published Pro

Don't Quit Your Day Job Just Yet | Tours of Duty - Write What You Know

Using Twitter Effectively  | Now Appearing... Places Books Have Been

The Road To Success | Understanding Long-tail Publishing

How I Made This Crazy Thing Called Writing a 20-year Career

$200 Million Man in 2014: What It's Like to be Wildly Successful as an Author

Shopping, Dragons, Independents, Oh My!

Justice Department Identifies Ten Amazon Staff Accepting Bribes 

Robert Stanek military awards

My forefathers fought and bled Red, White and Blue in every war the USA has ever faced, from the French & Indian Wars and the Revolutionary War that shaped our nation to WWI and WWII that saved our world from tyrany to the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanastan and beyond. Although many of my ancestors never came home from the battlefield and many others took the battlefield home with them and were never the same again, I'm proud of this heritage of service and sacrifice, and I'm proud to have served my country in dark hours.  My service for our nation taught me a great deal about duty, sacrifice and honor.

I gave my youth and my health to these wars and conflicts, my family suffered, and yet I would not trade these experiences, for they forged me into who I am today.  Because of my service, I will always know that when the darkest of hours arrives I will not hesitate. When asked, I answered. When called, I went. When death stared up from the void, I did not fear. I gave because it was my duty and because I felt it was the right thing to do.

 My accomplishments during my military service earned me 29 commendations, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. When I left the military, I was one of the most highly decorated in the command.  The base commander and my supervisors loved it when I put on my dress blues and participated in the various parades and celebrations on base, especially Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I've met royalty. A crowned prince, a princess of a city state, a queen. I've met and dined with presidents, including George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and a few generals, including Colin Powell and H. Norman Schwarzkopf. They've offered their hands to shake, given toasts in my honor for my duty.  Duty, honor and country mean a lot to me, and these themes resonate in my many books.  

Another reason I talk openly about my combat service is to help those who, like me, have taken the battlefield home with them, to give them hope, to let them know that they can use their pain to accomplish many things. I survived a crashlanding, being shot, being stabbed and yet here I am. Physical wounds come with consequences, and yet the wounds of war are not always physical, and not all wounds are from combat. As wounded warriors, we suffer, but we need not suffer in silence. 

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DFC Memorial

Learn more about Robert Stanek and his books.

Enter... and Explore -- Learn about the fantasy world of Ruin Mist.
Ruin Mist Q & A -- A Ruin Mist FAQ. Learn about the characters and creatures of Ruin Mist.
People of Ruin Mist -- A quick reference for important characters in the Ruin Mist books.
The Kingdoms  -- A brief guide to The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches books by Robert Stanek.
The Reaches -- A brief guide to the In the Service of Dragons books by Robert Stanek.
Under Earth -- A brief guide to other books Robert Stanek has written about Ruin Mist.
Blog -- Robert Stanek's blog and archive of the Robert Stanek chats with fans.

Find Robert Stanek on Facebook, on Twitter and on LinkedIn.


Keeper Martin's Tale Illustrated Edition

Robert Stanek's Ruin Mist books...
#1 Fiction, Audible (12 weeks, 2005)
Top 50 Sci-fi/Fantasy, Amazon (26 weeks, 2002)
Top 10 Fiction, Audible (25 weeks, 2005)
Top 50 Fiction, Audible (52 weeks, 2005-2006)
Top 10 Kids & YA, Audible (180 weeks, 2005-2007)
#1 Featured Book Audible June-July 2005
Featured in Cover Story, Publisher's Weekly (2009)
Featured in VOYA (2007)
Featured in Complete Idiots Guide to Elves and Fairies (2005)
Featured in Ancient Art of Faery Magick (2005)
Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers (2005, 2008)


      "[A] complex tale...sure to attract fans of graphic novels and classic Tolkien alike....Stanek will likely draw a [strong] following....This cliffhanger guarantees fans, and those fans will be ready to wield their swords against the Dark Lord in Stanek's next installment."

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elves and Fairies
       "The world of literary fiction featuring elves and fairies is ripe with a multitude of great authors... [One such author] is Robert Stanek and his The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches series."

The Ancient Art of Faery Magick
      "Recommended reading."

Looking for other Robert Stanek sites? Visit Robert Stanek.com and Magic Lands.com.

You may also be interested in the official Reagent Press web site and the official Web site of J R King.

Don't forget to visit Ruin Mist: The Lost Ages.

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Wizards of Skyhall – www.wizardsofskyhall.com

Magic Lands – www.themagiclands.com

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Ruin Mist: The Lost Ages – www.ruinmistmovie.com


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