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This first installment combines adventure and fantasy in a world that holds faith the gods and their magic have not abandoned them.


  • Author : S.A. Klopfenstein
  • Narrator : Stacey Krejci
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2020
  • Length : 12 hours 25 minutes
  • Series : The Shadow Watch, Book 1
  • Publisher : S.A. Klopfenstein
  • Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Slave girl Tori Burodai never wanted to be the Gallows Girl. She never wanted to be looked to as a savior or a revolutionary. But then again, she never knew she was one of the last living Watchers.

Long ago, the sacred order of sorcerers was a force for justice in the world. Now, their magic survives only in myth. That is, until Tori reveals incredible magic power in a desperate attempt to save the boy she loves from a cruel fate. This act of sorcerous rebellion changes Tori’s future forever. Her defiance sparks the makings of a magic revolution that promises to restore the world to its former glory, under the guidance of a new army of sorcerers, the Shadow Watch.

But the ruler of Tori’s world has his own dark plans for magic, and he will stop at nothing to end this revolution and bend the Watchers to his will. Even if it means pitting brother against brother. Friend against friend. And Tori against the boy she loves. All must choose. But no matter the choice. The world will never be the same. For there can be no magic without monsters.


S.A. Klopfenstein grew up on a steady dose of Tolkien and Star Wars. As a child, he wrote his first story about a sleepwalking killer who was executed by lethal injection. He lives in the American West with his wife and their dog, Iorek Byrnison. He can be found exploring the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, or daring the halls of the high school where he teaches English and mythology.

Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook. The audiobook process has been very fun. Stacey has done an incredible job with each book, and it is a bit surreal to hear someone bring your words to life. It is a whole different experience, with distinct character voices and accents.

How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? The recording process was a great collaborative process. Before Stacey began recording the series, we spoke over the phone about the world and what sort of real world accents might fit people from various nations, which really adds to the atmosphere of the world. We discuss pronunciations before each book begins the recording process.

Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?  I have increasingly become more and more of an audio listener. I enjoy memoirs when the author reads them. I prefer fiction to have a distinct narrator, and I especially enjoy narrators who use voices and accents, particularly in fantasy. I really enjoy LitRPG audiobooks and really like when they incorporate sound effects into the narration for elements of the game, like notifications.

What’s next for you? I just wrapped up the Shadow Watch series, though there is still some audio left to complete. I am already started on a new series called Pantheon, which is a LitRPG fantasy. Book One will hopefully release around the end of the year.

Now for a little fun: If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go? I definitely would visit ancient Greece or medieval times, but I would want to be able to come back. It would be cool to see other time periods, but I’d have a hard time giving up many of the comforts of modern life.

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