“Into Shadows” introduces two of the main characters in From Shadows, Come, a new book, a work begun in the summer of 2020, in the World of Siliar occurring during the War to Free Terantis. Though it occurs concurrent to the other books in the era, it is meant to stand alone, to be an entry point into the world that does not depend on anything from the other books.
While it might overlap in some ways, readers should be comfortable jumping in here—whether they read anything from books 1-4 or not— and following this story along. Completing this, readers will be well-immersed in the world’s culture and will have, through these characters, learned about the war that is detailed in books 5-10. Yet, those having read books 1-4 can enjoy Shadows alongside their reading of books 5-10.
Where nuances about culture or the world add meaning to a scene, but where unfolding it would disrupt the flow of the narratives, footnotes will be used. This will fill in context for first-time readers, but will not distract from the flow of the narrative.