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HAPPY RELEASE DAY: The Echoed Realm (The Chaos Cycle, #2) by A. J. Vrana

We here at The Parliament House are so thrilled to bring to readers everywhere the much anticipated sequel to A. J. Vrana’s The Hollow Gods—THE ECHOED REALM. This continuation of The Chaos Cycle Duology follows Miya and Kai as they grapple with present monsters and past demons and discover themselves along the way. Joined by familiar faces, and some new friends, this is a haunting tale that you will not want to miss!

Take a journey through the world of THE ECHOED REALM—available to order TODAY at all of your favorite online retailers:

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Haven't yet read THE HOLLOWED GODS? Until the end of August, you can get pick up an ebook copy for $1.99!

With the release of The Echoed Realm, we are so excited to announce the special edition hardbacks for The Chaos Cycle Duology, releasing October 26, 2021. With dust jackets designed by Monika Palosz, these special edition hardcovers are truly beautiful works of art.

Because The Echoed Realm is out today, we begin by revealing its cover! Stay tuned for the big reveal of The Hollow Gods coming toward the end of the month (and be sure to follow us and A. J. Vrana on social media for sneak peeks and exclusive teasers!

You can preorder your copies of these gorgeous special editions on our website:

The Hollow Gods Pre-order


All pre-orders come with a custom bookplate and a postcard with BRAND NEW art of Miya and Kai.


A perfect story for contemporary fantasy readers who love their narratives razor-sharp and their secrets dark and deadly.

Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret.

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

And after losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

An epic, macabre folktale for a new generation.

Miya’s world ended in Black Hollow.

It’s been three years since the Dreamwalker upended her life and left her with a heavy burden. A fledgling to the ethereal realm, Miya stumbles into the nightmares of those haunted by spectres. Little does she know, one of them is coming for her, clutching a dark secret abreast.

Kai has found a new purpose with his companion, but the price is his freedom. Bound and beholden to Miya, he struggles to adjust to his new role as her vanguard.

Meanwhile, Mason discovers he may be a pawn trapped in a web of schemes. Was his time in Black Hollow an accident, or was it only the beginning of some greater machination?

As Black Hollow’s bloody stain spreads beyond its wooded borders, Miya fights to evade a past she barely understands. The Dreamwalker’s legacy is a vise grip, and it isn’t letting go. Primordial horrors draw near, fables come alive, and long-buried histories rise from the grave, ready to hunt.

Sharpen your claws and bloody your teeth. There’s fear to be sown.


A. J. Vrana is a Serbian-Canadian academic and writer from Toronto, Canada. She lives with her two rescue cats, Moonstone and Peanut Butter, who nest in her window-side bookshelf and cast judgmental stares at nearby pigeons. Her doctoral research examines the supernatural in modern Japanese and former-Yugoslavian literature and its relationship to violence. When not toiling away at caffeine-fueled, scholarly pursuits, she enjoys jewelry-making, cupcakes, and concocting dark tales to unleash upon the world. Her published works include The Chaos Cycle Duology: The Hollow Gods (2020) and The Echoed Realm (2021) from The Parliament House Press, and a short supernatural horror story, These Silent Walls (2020), printed in Three Crows Magazine.

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