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"The Trials of Ildarwood" Launches to #1 New Release in 24 Hours on

Self-published author debuts inclusive epic fantasy novel to unanimous rave reviews.

PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS - August 5, 2021 - S.C. Selvyn today revealed that his debut title, The Trials of Ildarwood: Spectres of the Fall, hit #1 New Release for “Children's Coming of Age Fantasy Books” less than 24 hours after debuting on The illustrated novel follows the harrowing adventures of a group of twelve-year-old children who are banished into a vast spectral forest as part of an ancient worldwide tradition. Once inside, they must learn how to control one of nine elements from the spirit world to save the Ildarwood, their families, and themselves from a myriad of threats lurking deep within the forest.

"From the moment you enter the fantasy world ... you are immersed in a realm that breaks the boundaries of imagination." - Amazon Reviewer

Early reviewers are falling in love with this "incredible, immersive, fantastical" tale, which begins by weaving together seemingly unrelated character threads into a tapestry of shared struggles that can only be overcome once the children learn to master their unique gifts.

"I wanted to tell the story I wish I had read when I was twelve years old," said S.C. Selvyn. "And I wanted to write it in a way that any parent or any adult who went through hard times growing up could still relate to the characters and the challenges they’re fighting to overcome."

"This book is inclusive, immersive and very descriptive which to me makes it standout along the greats like Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and The Colour of Magic." - Amazon Reviewer

One of the secrets to the book's early success is the depth of the world building S.C. Selvyn used as the foundation for his story. "The world of the Ildarwood needed to reflect the real world, with unique cultures, traditions, and faiths," said S.C. Selvyn. "It was really important to me that the characters in the book were as diverse as the people who might be reading it."

Early reviewers agreed, with one saying, "the world imagined in this book will welcome all of you equally."

"I found the website to be a powerful tool that advanced my experience through its divine visual interpretations." - Amazon Reviewer

Beyond the compelling storylines that leave readers eager for more, The Trials of Ildarwood features a detailed map of Ranewood, twenty-eight breathtaking chapter illustrations by Mexican artist David Perez, and an appendix full of lore about the nine spectral elements, the various characters and cultures in the book, and major events from the world's history.

Perhaps most eye-catching of all, however, is the collection of illustrations available on the book's website ( and its Facebook and Instagram accounts (@theildarwood). "From the very beginning, I wanted the world of the Ildarwood to be built collaboratively, so I reached out to independent artists all around the world and invested in illustrations from each of them," said S.C. Selvyn, "that way they could all add their own unique touches to the different characters, concepts, and locations."

The end result is an immersive experience that has left multiple reviewers begging for a swift sequel. And to any prospective readers still on the fence about rushing to read S.C. Selvyn's epic debut title, one reviewer on offered the following sage advice: "Do yourself a favor and buy it. This book is worth every penny. A true work of art."

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The Trials of Ildarwood: Spectres of the Fall is available now on The Kindle edition is on sale for $2.99 for a limited time to celebrate the book's launch and make it more affordable for younger readers. Subscribers to Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service can read it for free. The paperback edition is available for $19.99, and a hardcover edition is due out by September. Limited edition special run prints of the hardcover are available directly from Avylaan Kingdom Press until that time. Limited edition hardcovers are available only while supplies last.

The Trials of Ildarwood: Spectres of the Fall is being published and marketed independently in all markets by Avylaan Kingdom Press LLC, with distribution exclusively via Amazon or Avylaan Kingdom Press at this time. The title was first made available for pre-order on July 1st, 2021, and it was released on July 27th, 2021.

S.C. Selvyn is the pen name of independent author Aaron K. Pacheco, who is based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He proudly describes himself as "the type of introvert who had to pretend being quarantined for eighteen months was some sort of wild inconvenience."


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