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Embrace the Dark Delights of Michael Whelan's Darkness Over Hayholt Art

Michael Whelan’s world is a vast, vibrant, and wondrous place that is filled with iconic, awe-inspiring artwork. We feel so fortunate to have some of those iconic pieces in our collection, which is still continuing to grow. And this week, it just got a little bigger!

That’s right, Michael has given us another breathtaking design that has made its mark in the world of sci-fi fantasy. The design depicts the majestic fortress of Hayholt, the heart of Tad Williams' critically acclaimed fantasy series The Last King of Osten Ard. The art itself appeared on the cover for The Witchwood Crown novel. See if you recognize it. 

Darkness Over Hayholt

As you gaze upon this art, you find yourself immersed in the rich tapestry of this fantastical world. Whelan's meticulous brushstrokes breathe life into the towering walls of Hayholt, while the subtle play of light and shadow evokes an eerie ambiance. It's as if you can almost hear the whispers of secrets hiding within its grand halls.

The art's atmosphere hints at the epic battles and dark forces that await within the story. It teases the readers with the promise of hidden treasures, mythical creatures, and complex characters. Each stroke of Whelan's brush evokes a sense of anticipation, urging us to plunge headfirst into the tale that inspired this magnificent work of art.

Darkness Over Hayholt serves as a gateway to the sprawling narrative. It beckons us to explore the extraordinary world Tad Williams has created, filled with heroes, villains, and a web of interconnected destinies. As you dive into the series, you'll unravel ancient prophecies, encounter enigmatic creatures, and witness the triumphs and tribulations of unforgettable characters.

Whether you're a long-time fan of the series or a newcomer to the realm of fantasy, Darkness Over Hayholt will ignite your imagination and leave you yearning for more. Michael Whelan's artistic prowess combined with Tad Williams' masterful storytelling will transport you to a place where magic is real and adventures unfold at every turn. 

The art actually holds a connection to the Empire of Grass design, which is another Michael Whelan original that appears in the book series and can be found printed on our products. Speaking of products, you can now find Darkness Over Hayholt featured on our playmats, dice bags, mousepads, and more. So, be sure to do some shopping before you bounce.

With all of that in mind, we encourage you to immerse yourself in the spellbinding universe of Darkness Over Hayholt and let your imagination soar to new heights. Get lost in the breathtaking beauty of Michael Whelan's art and the captivating story that it depicts!


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