Author Justin James has completed The Chronicles of Night trilogy with the third and final book entitled Rise of the Ancients.

Read the synopsis of the gripping conclusion of this series penned during Justin’s teen years.

Rise of the Ancients by Justin James

Framed for treason and murder,

Jackson fled the Citadel of Night in the hope of finding refuge in the Heart of the Mountains.  Only Cate, the girl who had rescued Jackson, accompanied him on his transient journey.  Under King Talon, the Eternai forces prepare for the continent-wide manhunt to find and apprehend these fugitives.

Jackson is granted sanctuary upon reaching the mountains, but soon learns that disappearing into the background is simply not an option. As tensions escalate, Jackson unwittingly stirs an ancient eveil – the Olund’Taei, a brood of bloodthirsty frost dragons–from its spellbound slumber.

Facing a now unstoppable force, Jackson is left with no choice but to search the eastern deserts for the dormant Kirin’Taei–fire dragons and sworn nemesis of their frost cousins. Only with the Kirin’Taei can Jackson clear his name and save Telosra.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Chronicles of Night, Jackson will forge new alliances and traverse uncharted lands. Jackson must now be the harbinger of justice, lest the truth and future of his people, the Night, die with him.


Python’s Pit High School Finals Ontario

Pythons Pit BusinessToday I had the opportunity to visit the Python’s Pit finals for the high school division. It was wonderful to see the six brilliant entrepreneurs (one invention was ran by two people, the other four were soloists) showcase their innovations and inventions.

The ideas ranged from mobile apps, to service industry innovations, to brand new products, all carefully considered and planned out.

My personal favourite idea presented was Mark Suan’s ‘Cyclo-Charger’. Although I won’t go into much detail on it, the physical manufacturing and science behind the idea wasn’t all that alien. A lot of concepts taught in high school were applicable to this invention. Truly, any engineer could’ve come up with this idea. So why didn’t they?

Vision, imagination, and determination are the three factors I believe allowed mark to be the creator of this technology. He saw a problem affecting a group of people and devised a solution for it, better than any of his esteemed competitors were able to do.

The ability to have thought of this solution is something that can’t be taught in school. Although the tools and know-how can all be supplied through education, an infinite amount of theoretical knowledge could never be pieced together in a way that solves real-life issues without someone – in this case Mark—seeing the undiscovered possibility and trying to act on it.

Further beyond his creativity and smarts, Mark expressed a tangible determination, having worked for two years on his concept and design, even going so far as to build a prototype to show the Pythons.

So this is my challenge to all of you brilliant, visionary high school students in Halton: fill out an application form and join next year’s Python’s Pit. You can request a mentor to assist you in the development of your idea, gain invaluable critiques and tips from the experienced Pythons, and possibly win a grand cash prize! This year none of the top finalists walked away empty handed. All of them won new contacts and a fantastic experience (along with the lowest cash prize of $250 plus an iPad mini).

To everyone else who doesn’t feel like they have an idea to develop, I would still recommend you go to watch these high-school finalists compete next year. Their creativity may just rub off on you and inspire you to develop something yourself. At the very least, they will prove to you that this generation contains ingenious minds, striving to contribute to the world.

The Citadel of Night by Justin JamesThe Citadel of Night is complete!  Book 2 in the planned trilogy is now on and in its first release.

Teen author Justin James originally penned The Conquest of Night as book 1 in the Chronicles of Night.

Jackson Taeric returns in the Citadel of Night. In this treacherous land with unexplored dangers lurking in every shadow, Jackson
depends on questionable allies with dark pasts.  He is assigned to Falcon’s small expedition force, given the mission of carving a
path to the Citadel while crippling the receding Night’s defenses.

As the Eternai close in on the Citadel, Jackson must decide; should he continue bearing the Eternai banner, or should he kill their king?

The official release for The Citadel of Night is in January, 2014 but pre-release copies are already available.

The book opens with “The Eternai Fleet plowed through the waves, gliding closer and closer to their destination. Upon the Charger, the lead ship in the fleet, Jackson Taeric sweated beneath the rising sun. Some of the deckhands had chose to abandon their shirts, and he wished he had the freedom to do the same, but it wouldn’t be seemly for a someone in Prince Falcon’s retinue to do so. “.

Teen author Justin James is writing his SAT today – Dec. 7, 2013 and hopes to attend a high level business program at a U.S. university.


Hey all, hope you’re having a fun summer. I’ve finally finished the first draft of the sequel to “The Conquest of Night”, which I have decided to  call “The Citadel of Night.” Thank you for your feedback on my Facebook page, every vote helped influence my decision. Wow, I am extremely excited to share with you Jackson’s latest adventures. In The Citadel of Night, I bring back all of the lovable characters from the first book (including Nidle, of course) but also introduce some new personalities, which I’m proud to say are bizarre in opposite extremes. Some new characters include Borris the mountain lord, Dimitri the rogue Ssalendris, and Billadee Bobba. However, my favourite character to write for in the second book was definitely Keldarich. That man knows just how to keep everyone on their toes!

This is a sneak-peek the first draft synopsis for the second book in the Chronicles of Night series. Enjoy!

The Citadel Justin JamesThe war rages on…

The Eternai have driven the Night from their lands after a costly battle in Verden. From his liberated throne, King Talon ordered the Eternai war machine onto their new target; the shadowy and mysterious realm of Night.
16 year old Jackson Taeric is assigned to Falcon’s small expedition force, given the mission of carving a path to the Citadel while crippling the receding Night’s defenses.

In an impossible attempt to explore an uncharted country, Jackson battles alongside the Eternai through sunken caves, frozen mountains, and an enchanted forest…but his loyalty to the Eternai is called into question when he receives a letter inviting him to join the Night, written by the Mistress herself.

Jackson discovers his forgotten past in this world and is forced to reconsider his allegiance. Foreign allies bring new light onto the battle, and former friends reveal their true colours. As the Eternai close in on the Citadel, Jackson must decide; should he continue bearing the Eternai banner, or should he kill their king?




The sequel to The Conquest of Night is nearing completion! First versions and drawings of the new cover design are in. This is a black and white mockup of what the new book cover will look like for The Citadel of Night – Book 2.

Citadel of Night Book Cover Drawing

Once this version gets colorized and adjusted, then will begin working on book cover title and text.

Have a great summer vacation!


Justin James now on Goodreads Author Page

Visit Justin James author page on Goodreads and if you already read the book, it would be great if you would leave a review here:   for The Conquest of Night.

Goodreads best of 2013 is currently being compiled.   In 2012, the Goodreads choice awards for 2012 in the fiction category showed J.K. Rowling’s new book ranking near the top. In the historical fiction category, the Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman was a winner.

In the Young Adult Fantasy category, Insurgent took top marks receiving over 23,000 votes.

The newest book that surely will make the 2013 list is The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan.

Justin James on Goodreads



Amazon Teen Fiction Writer Award

The Conquest of Night by teen author Justin James has made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award!  Thanks everyone for your support and currently working on Book 2 – The Citadel of Night.

The book with over 50,000 words qualified for the next round with a grand prize of $50,000 along with expanded distribution and a higher tier publishing contract.

Thanks to all of you who voted on the naming of the second book on the Justin James author facebook page.

Will keep you posted on the next round!



Amazon Teen Novel Award