The Mighty Nein — The Nine Eyes of Lucien

The Mighty Nein—The Nine Eyes of Lucien
Cover illustration, by Matt Hubel.[art 1]
Creative team
AuthorMadeleine Roux
Cover artistMatt Hubel
Publication information
PublisherPenguin Random House
Publication dateNovember 1, 2022
Media type
  • Hardcover
  • Ebook
  • Audiobook
Audiobook information
PublisherRandom House Audio
NarratorRobbie Daymond with the Critical Role cast
Running time764 minutes
Preceded byVox Machina — Kith & Kin
Followed byBells Hells — What Doesn't Break
In-universe date822 PD to 836 PD

Critical Role: The Mighty Nein—The Nine Eyes of Lucien is a novel written by Madeleine Roux. It follows Lucien through his life growing up in Shadycreek Run, through his time with the Claret Orders, and until his time working against the Mighty Nein in Eiselcross. It released on November 1, 2022 through Penguin Random House in print, ebook formats, and audiobook with narration from Robbie Daymond,[1] Matthew Mercer as Lucien, and the rest of the Critical Role cast as the Mighty Nein.[2]

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

Delve into the mind of Critical Role's most charming villain in this original novel that chronicles Lucien's early life and his fateful meeting with the Mighty Nein.

Lucien has always been able to spin a bad situation to his advantage. From his childhood on the dangerous streets of Shadycreek Run to his years living off the grid and learning blood magic from the Claret Orders, the charismatic blood hunter will find a way to get the upper hand.

When Lucien is on a job in the frozen wastelands of Eiselcross with his fellow mercenaries, a rough-and-tumble crew called the Tombtakers, fate leads him to a mysterious journal in the ruins of an ancient city. The book speaks of the Somnovem, nine beings who can grant Lucien power beyond imagining—if he is able to find them and free them from captivity.

Intrigued by this opportunity, Lucien pores over the journal—but the more he reads, the stranger things become. The nine whisper to him in dreams and waking visions. Time slips away, along with Lucien's grasp on reality. And tattoos of red eyes begin appearing on his skin....

With the ability to reshape the world within his grasp, Lucien ignores all warning signs. He has always bent fortune to his will, and nothing—not even death—will stop him now.

— Publisher's summary[3]

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

These sections are based on excerpts available as of October 23, 2022, before the release of the novel.

Returning[edit | edit source]

These characters previously appeared in Campaign 2 or any other Critical Role work.

New[edit | edit source]

These character have not previously appeared in Campaign 2 or any other Critical Role work, though they may have been previously mentioned.

Mentioned[edit | edit source]

  • Aldreda, Lucien's younger sister
  • Lord Anselm Mardoon
  • Champ
  • The Raven Queen
  • Rufus Mardoon
  • Seneca, living in Shadycreek Run
  • Lady Sulia Jagentoth

Media[edit | edit source]

ISBN Released Publisher Format Price Ref.
9780593496732 November 1, 2022 Penguin Random House Hardcover $28.99 [3]
9780593496749 November 1, 2022 Penguin Random House E-book $12.99 [3]
9780593633083 November 1, 2022 Penguin Random House Audiobook $25.00 [3]

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Reference[edit | edit source]


  1. Cover illustration, by Matt Hubel (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.