The Den of Shadows
"We're the only country on earth stitched together by words and, most important, their dangerous progeny, ideas. And those ideas have had weight. They have had force, not just for us in our eternal dealings, but for the rest of the world." ~ Ken Burns

Welcome to Nyeusigrube, the world of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. In addition to my publishing and teaching obligations and this writing pastime I can't seem to give up, I manage and maintain this website. The official website is managed by Random House- you can find it at

Official Random House Site

This website is more of a pet project of mine, one which sadly must come after other obligations, which means updates are sometimes haphazard and may reflect my playing with new code as much as anything else.

This incarnation of the Den of Shadows webpage has four main sections: the blog, the wiki, a writing section, and a forum.

The Blog is updated semi-frequently, with news about my life, publishing, and site updates. It also has a "quick facts" panel including information about upcoming book releases, and basic info like my age. I read all comments left there, though I do not always reply.

The Wiki is actually a fake Wiki. We had a real Wiki, but I lack the technological knowledge to close up security holes, and the Den of Shadows got hacked, so I switched to the Wiki-Blog. Only a few people have access, but at least it's not just me. The Wiki is fairly new, but potentially includes all sorts of information about the world, characters, organizations, and books.

Both the Blog and the Wiki, you may notice, are actually hosted on Blogger. In fact, as you click the links in the header, you'll jump between and Again, this is a means of dealing with the hacking issue without resorting to frames.

For Writers is a section (still in progress) devoted to answering that frequently asked question, "What advice do you have for young writers?" Actually, the advice may be useful for writers of any age. This section will also have some information on my inspiration, writing and revision processes.

Last but absolutely not least, the Message Board has for a long time been the heart of the Den of Shadows. The board is massive, with areas for off-topic chatter, discussion of the books, sharing of fan art, and a wonderfully supportive forum for writers (young, old, unpublished, published). You can ask questions directly of your favorite characters in the "Ask the Residents" forum, or speculate about the meaning of life in Nyeusigrube. I spend a lot of time on this board, so if you're hoping to hear from me, this is your best bet.

So, to be short-and-sweet, Welcome to Nyeusigrube. Explore; have fun!