Sabah-born novelist takes top spot
Published on: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
By: Nikko Fabian

KOTA KINABALU: An independent publisher cum novelist of Filipino-Malaysian descent urban fantasy series  recently held the No 1 position in multiple bestseller categories across Amazon’s online Kindle stores in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Sabah-born 35-year old Nazri Noor features heroes in supernatural situations in the Darkling Mage series.

Dustin Graves uses his wits and magical talents to save the day, in a vein similar to urban fantasy stories such as Supernatural, The Magicians and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels.

His latest release, Midnight’s Son, is the midpoint of the nine-book series. This coincided with the launch of Shadow Magic’s audiobook, voiced by award-winning narrator Luke Daniels, who has performed the works of authors such as George R.R. Martin, Nora Roberts and many others.

Filipino food and folklore often appear in Noor’s writing. 

A fictional immigrant-owned Filipino restaurant plays an important part in the series.

A half-Filipino character is also introduced in the second novel, one who stays with the main cast for every succeeding book.

Noor credits the appeal of his books in part to their packaging.

Their covers are created by Christian Bentulan, a Filipino digital artist and graphic designer.

Bentulan has worked with both independent and traditionally published authors, several of whom are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

Nazri Noor’s ebooks and paperbacks are available on, while his audiobooks may be found on, and iTunes.

To read a free copy of Penumbra, the prequel to the Darkling Mage series, visit

Nazri Noor is a freelance writer specialising in stories on travel, food, entertainment, and personalities.

His work has appeared in various publications in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.

He is the son of former Berjaya Minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansor.


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