Author Interview

Interview with the author of the War of Light and Darkness book I, Forest Blackwood!

My name is Łukasz Przybylski and I am writing under a Forest Blackwood pen name. I want to present the titled novel to You a War of the Light and Darkness is a trilogy. The novel was translated from Polish into English thanks to the American Royal Hawaiian publishing company Press. The novel will also be translated by the publishing company to the Spanish. It is book linking all sorts fantasy kinds through heroic and dark fantasy with a bit of horror as well as high fantasy! Below I am presenting the description of the plot of the War of the Light and Darkness to You.


Forest Blackwood

Book One
Discover the universe composed of seven magical lands, each of which hides its unique charm. However, centuries ago, the transitions between them were closed, and their inhabitants gradually forgot about their neighbors. One day, Count Artis of the Kingdom of Draxban discovers the ancient mechanism that allows you to move freely between lands. Along with the boon, however, there is a threat, because some worlds have been contaminated by the presence of impure forces, which are now beginning to reveal themselves and wreak havoc. The areas remaining in isolation will soon be on the brink of war, which will determine their fate. In order to face the demons, witches and vampires from the dark Lanar, people are forced not only to make an alliance between themselves, but also to use the help of Angels. Neither of them, however, feels that war turmoil will wake up yet another, much more powerful force that has been dormant for centuries.
The action of the novel is located in seven magical worlds, I briefly allowed myself to present to you a description of each of them separately:
Action of the novel the “War of the Light and Darkness” is taking place in extensive universe, compound of seven magic lands.

These are they:

This duchy of people which the Akrawan prince is ruling is. Extensive seas, thanks to which Almegia is famous for their large fleet are surrounding them. Second by ships unusual lions which local knights are exploiting as riding horse are an identification of this land and which are immune to every magic. Also enchantresses which are basing their power on the magic of three materials live in Almegii – of wood, rock and iron.

The Draxban kingdom is inhabited by people and divided in the row of counties. Enchantresses, performing the role of minders are leaning magnates on individual manor houses. Also magic lynx live in Draxban, which seen from a distance look for observing as playing children – however this innocent image constitutes only a magic stratagem, thanks to which more than one assailant was deluded and fatally surprised, when it was already too late. Chosen ones of angels to which the fate assigned the particular role for playing come from it is of this land. However this land is being harassed with treacherous action of witches, vampires and minor demons.

Beautiful land inhabited by angels. It here one’s on an island amongst the greenish ocean an Archangel is having registered office. Angels stayed in two hierarchies – of the Court and Shepherds – they are inhabiting nearby land, training in their trade and often sending to other lands in order to be on the alert above the living there population. In Inarax a hoar frost is covering the Earth what he is buying, that tops rising up here from a distance look like clouds in the sky.

Gloomy rainy land from which the most powerful wizards for which they are not only feeling respect come most dangerous of demons, but even very Archangel. However the knowledge about for her existing is being held in a deep secret, and to her only a narrow magic circle is having access. To of the ones last a clandestine sect of vampires, for which the leader is good at ancient language of wizards ranks and is able to establish contact with them. It is least get to know from all lands.

Enveloped with darkness land of demons, witches and vampires. It from here is permeating the evil to other lands, poisoning them and destroying. A constant night is ruling in this land, and the hidden sunlight is thick clouds too unnaturally. Trees and the flora are here as equally unfriendly as residents – the limbs of trees deprived of leaves, kinked are smoking and are bursting with flames. Lanar constitutes the homeland old and of the younger generation of demons, as well as smaller beings, called morwags and argous.

Land ruled by priests. Trees are here of silvery colour, whereas mountains are looking like coal and have a dark blue colour. Above fields the most beautiful fragrances of flowers are rising. However also an evil made a nest in this land full of the charm. To its hiding place it chose dark mountain caves, where the Ragrog demon settled along with his servants.

A beautiful land, full of forests and majestic mountain peaks, on which people build their mansions and castles. King Alwan rules it, and it is supported by brave knights. It is from this land that winged bears come, whose skin is so thick that no weapon pierces it, and when someone tries to cast a spell on one of them, it bounces and returns to the caster, then exerting its effect on it – positive or negative . There are also ethereal wizards in Unbia who can move, turning into a whirlwind, and traverse the land like a tornado, without causing any harm to it.

To start, I would like to thank you for taking notice of my novel. War of Light & Darkness is a trilogy.

I was born in Poland in a small town near the big city of Poznań. I inherited my parents’ love of literature. My twin brother, Robert Przybylski, who is fellow author at, also writes fantasy books. We have an older sister who cheers us on writing. I admit that from an early age I was frequent guest of our city’s library. I just love reading books of various genres as they are a great inspiration to me!

As for my early writing, as a teenager I just sat down at my desk one autumn night and started writing. I poured my thoughts into a notebook. I wrote short stories and poems which I transferred to the pages of my novel a few years later. My family purchased a farm surrounded by forests in the historical region of Warmia Poland, where we all moved, about 400 km away from my birth-place.

And so my writing began. One day I gathered my previous notes and just started to write. A first few pages came out quite well so it turned out to be a beginning of the story. Initially it was a separate book, which I published at vanity press, then I sent it out to the world. I did not think I would receive a contract from a global publishing house from the USA. A fantasy trilogy was to be born!


I tried to make my hero, Count Artis, intrigue and fascinate the readers throughout this whole story, hoping that the readers would gradually immerse themselves in the worlds, in which Artis and his team travel.

I wanted the characters to be drawn from the real world so that the reader could identify with them.

At my home, there have always been angels, beloved by my mother. I incorporated them into the War of Light and Darkness, on side of light of the novel.

I gradually implemented the thread of dark light into it, which step by step becomes more visible in subsequent parts of the book. The reader at the very end can notice that the darkness was catching up with the light and it presented Artis with a real challenge. In War of Light & Darkness I also included great female characters, Zai and Kamao, the ruler of the ghosts of the forest, or lynx. Both women accompany Artis on this journey and support him by sharing with him new dangers. The so-called female thread is a fairly important element in the book, I wanted not only Artis as a man to be a leading hero. I tried to create the equally noticeable heroine of the book. Ideas for the story came suddenly and unannounced.  I quickly learned to carry a phone with me, in which I wrote down various ideas and thoughts, being busy with working on the farm on a daily basis. Sometimes the ideas would fly away, but the notebook on the phone turned out to be priceless!


I read a lot from an early age ranging from Endless Ende story to Harry Potter and ending with Ann Rice. I like books by Don Brown, Mathew Pearl and many, many other great writers and creators.


You ask me what I could recommend to other writers!? I think, above all, patience and hard work is the best way to find a balance between writing and the “real” world!

Recently, I was able to finish a new book and I will send it to the publishing house next year. Meanwhile, I just write and read as far as time permits!

Until the third part of the War of Light & Darkness, I collected half a year of various historical materials that I used in the story of the novel. They concerned the murders of herbalists that took place in Poland, and of course, the hunt of the so-called “witches”.

I hope to surprise the reader with some real-world facts. I just tried to recall the memory of these often underestimated and brutally killed wise women of past eras. Will I succeed? Well, time will show. Thank you so much for your time and attention. I’m glad you took notice of the War of Light and Darkness.







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