William H. Johnson


a novel by William H. Johnson
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“The Dark Province is an epic fantasy adventure about a man who, to save his dying sister, must defy his religion and follow his faith.”

Sitting in the honored stalls of the Crystal Sanctuary, Calvin Gooding should be rejoicing in the message he receives from the Holy King of Duprin. But his heart is heavy. He awaits the carriage in which he must ride to deliver the fated news to his family. Time has run out.

In the midst of sorrow, exhaustion, and uncertainty, a sorceress from the Dark Province appears to Calvin. She promises to make his terminally ill twin sister, Marilyn, well again. As twins, Calvin and Mari share a special bond, and Calvin will do almost anything to save his sister’s life. But in order to free Mari from death’s grip, the sorceress claims that Calvin must travel to the Dark Province–a land where souls and flesh are devoured by the lawless and the spirit of man is bound in shackles. It’s a reckless land dominated by morally corrupt warlords and open sexuality.

Wrapped tightly in his religion, Calvin must make a life-altering decision. He can choose to follow the sorceress into the sinful abyss to save his sister, or he can accept a life of guilt and certain torment over her death.


Excerpt #1: The Prologue

Excerpt #2: “Forbidden Promise”

Excerpt #3: “A Game of Pleasure”



“Johnson describes his world in lush detail.  As he traverses across the land you feel like you are walking in step with him and viewing this world come to life.  His world is an amalgam of the medieval and the modern.  The various people he meets along the way are fully fleshed out, not just there for window dressing.  Calvin isn’t the typical fantasy protagonist.  His efforts to save his sister are heroic, but he’s not your standard fantasy hero.” –Tim Jansen, Mania.com (READ ENTIRE REVIEW)

The Dark Province: Son Of Duprin is a wonderfully written first novel. William H. Johnson enthralls the reader with a great and noble quest while dealing with the moral dilemmas that this young man must face…I am recommending it to any reader who enjoys a page turning, shocking and enlightening read. ” –CK Webb, WebbWeaver (READ ENTIRE REVIEW)

“Midway through the book I realized that Calvin represented most of us. We have been raised steeped in our cultural traditions and religions, and ignorantly bias towards all who do not share our beliefs. For Calvin the Dark Province forced him to eradicate his prejudices and change his belief system. He found astonishing courage, friendship, love, spirituality, forgiveness, and redemption among those he’d previously considered heathens.”  –Dianne Rosena Jones, African American Literature Editor, BellaOnline ~ The Voice of Women (READ ENTIRE REVIEW)

“Great book, full of adventures. If you like real fantasy books then this is a story you must read!” –BookGirl, My Book Addiction (READ ENTIRE REVIEW)

The Dark Province: Son of Duprin was an amazing novel. The ability of the author to create such a rich setting was amazing – I felt like I was right there with Calvin, struggling to maintain my faith amid all the corruption. I recommend it to anyone looking for a deep read that really makes you think.” –Beyond the Bookshelf (READ ENTIRE REVIEW)

“The detailing was amazing, as was the world building. I can totally see the two Provinces in my mind’s eye.” –Natasha, Wicked Little Pixie Reviews  (READ ENTIRE REVIEW)

“Johnson does an excellent job describing situations and places.  I really enjoyed walking through the forest and cities with his characters.  His descriptions of places brings me right there and lets me enjoy or fear right along with his people.  The way he creates a whole world with words is amazing to me.  Well worth the price of the book right there!” –Sue Owen, Paper Mustang (READ ENTIRE REVIEW)

“If you like a good story that make you think about your own beliefs and your way of living, this is the right choice!” –petit, A Book and a Cupcake (READ ENTIRE REVIEW)

AMAZON REVIEWS (click here to see the entire review):

5.0 out of 5 stars A reader’s thoughts, nothing but AMAZING
“This is a grand slam of a book. A GREAT find. Would love to see it as a movie some day.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Seller Worthy
“The Dark Province: Son of Duprin is written with passion and takes the reader through an adventure that is like no other. “
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suggested sequel: Calvin Goes to Vegas
“The Dark Province: Son of Duprin” is a great read. There’s action, there’s drama, there’s comedy, and some tastefully-described ACTION… if you know what I mean.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terriffic Read!
“Exotic, erotic and fantastic this story is also tremendously good fun!”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Story
“This fantasy captured my imagination and I was whisked away to another land where Ghosts, Dragons, and Sorcerers all seemed real.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner!
“Well I like to read while on the eliptic machine and all I can say is thanks for helping me get in shape!! This book kept me reading! I didn’t want to stop!”
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5.0 out of 5 stars I’m a convert!
“It’s impressive to me that this is Mr. Johnson’s first book. He created such a believable character whose voice never waivers.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lush…
“The book is a sensual read, as Calvin struggles with his faith and his mission, while exploring and quesioning his ideas of sexual morality and love.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Club Best!
“William H. Johnson’s The Dark Province: Son of Duprin delivered a challenging, thought provoking read: exactly what I seek in a book club novel.”

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
“This is a great start to a series for those intrigued by the fantastic as well as what happens when belief systems must be reconsidered.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Prose!!
“The Dark Province is both a thoughtful and delightful read.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Helluva Read
“This is a helluva read … an exciting journey full of passion and mystery.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Son of Duprin
“I was somewhat skeptical at first, but after a few chapters I was hooked.”

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong lyrical writing
“Hopeful, beautiful, dangerous, insightful, romantic, sexy, erotic . . . Johnson delivers with prose he should be proud of.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it…
“The elements of hope and determination coupled with romance and faith made for a entertaining page turner.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars He Had Me at the Prologue!
“William H. Johnson takes us on a  personal journey that pulls on your heart strings like a magnet.”
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4.0 out of 5 starsI’m pleased.
“Like a storyteller’s quilt, each chapter completes and compliments the next, until you’re blanketed in complexities of choice, salvation, struggle, and redemption.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably pleasantly surprised!
“I couldn’t put the book down, and frequently kept it hidden under my desk at work so that I could read a chapter or two during the day.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take a Journey with the Son of Duprin
“This engaging adventure cries out for a sequel.”
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4.0 out of 5 stars thoughts from a skeptic
“I started this novel on a 5 hour flight and nearly finished it by the time we touched down; it was *that* engaging.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Province delivers a good read, great imagery, and thoughtful messages
“Seriously, this book is an interesting mesh of fantasy, sci-fi alternate reality, romance, adventure, spiritual-delving, and mystery all rolled into one great read.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn’t put it down!
“Not far into Chapter One, I realized that I would have trouble putting this one down.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars An auspicious debut!
“I highly recommend The Dark of Province: Son of Duprin to all fans of fiction.”

  1. Great cover (love the contrasting orange and grey). I’m going to read the excerpts.

  2. I am so happy for you, Bill, to be doing your life’s dream! I bet the book is amazing, and I will look to read the excerpts, and will surely order the book when it is available.
    I thought the cover was beautiful, as well!

    • Thanks Nancy for your great enthusiasm for this project! I believe that readers will enjoy this world and this journey. Thanks for your kind words on the cover art too! I feel that the designer did a could job in their first pass. This should be pretty darn close to the final. Have a great day!

  3. I would love to read this book! It looks to b an interesting read! Congratulations to you, may your dreams carry you far. 🙂

  4. I ordered my copies. I wish you great success and look forward to a good read on my end. Take care! Dayna

  5. What an accomplishment Bill. I can’t wait to read the book.

  6. I cannot wait to read this Bill. So excited for you. Ordered my copy. YAY!!

  7. Nick and I each ordered a copy so there will be no fighting over it. 😉

  8. […] also expect him to continue his writing. Bill’s first novel, The Dark Province: The Son of Duprin, debuted last year to great reviews. We’re told a […]

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