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Eldazin: Elf Edge of Night (Character from Sorceress of the Dryads)

Here is another character portrait (made with Artbreeder). From now (February 8, actually), until January 22, every Saturday will be a post of some art related to my up-coming release, Sorceress of the Dryads, 2nd in the Legend of the Singer Duology. This time, we feature Eldazìn, the Elf Edge of Night who is first introduced in Sorceress of the Dryads. The very first chapter, actually.

eldazin, elf Edge of Night, assassin, character in Sorceress of the Dryads, world of Areaer, by Raina Nightingale; high fantasy
Eldazin, elf Edge of Night

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Book Review: Struggling with the Current (The Telverin Trilogy) by ARK Horton

Struggling with the Current

Series: The Telverin Trilogy, #1

Author: A.R.K. Horton

Genre: Fantasy

Book Description:

Princess Eya’s life changes forever with the discovery of the Statue of the Goddess Winds, just as she’s coming of age. The long over-looked kingdom of Hicares finds itself in a war it isn’t prepared for against the far more powerful empire of Pescel. To survive, Eya must flee her home, losing everything and everyone she loves in the process.

Yet, by leaving behind all she’s ever known, she learns that her sheltered life didn’t prepare her for the real world’s strange and frightening nature. She encounters people, places, and creatures beyond anything she ever imagined, along with sinister enemies from every direction. Perhaps her most surprising revelation is that she is developing terrifying powers of her own. Will Eya be able to find happiness in her new life, or will she continue struggling with the current?

Rating: Intriguing, Distant (Are you all used to my ratings?) Continue reading “Book Review: Struggling with the Current (The Telverin Trilogy) by ARK Horton”

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Golden on the Wings of Eternity (Song from Sorceress of the Dryads) in Elethrian

This poem appears in Sorceress of the Dryads in English. Firstly, I will show the pictures of the song written in Elethrian (in one of two methods for writing that language), with the English translation below each stanza. Below that, there is an attempt to represent the Elethrian in the same characters used in English.

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Book Review: Dragonsdawn (The Dragonriders of Pern) by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonsdawn

Series: The Dragonriders of Pern

Author: Anne McCaffrey

Genre: Science Fiction

Book Description:

The Dragonmakers

The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists – until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything – and everyone – in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.

Then some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragonlike lizards that inhabited their new world were joined the fight against Thread, breathing fire on it and teleporting to safety. If only, they thought, the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider…

And so they set their most talented geneticist to create the creatures Pern so desperately needed – Dragons!

Rating: Fascinating, Immersive (by now, a lot of you are probably familiar with my unique take on ‘rating’!) Continue reading “Book Review: Dragonsdawn (The Dragonriders of Pern) by Anne McCaffrey”

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Cover Reveal for Sorceress of the Dryads

Read on for some updates and what to expect. But first I want to show you the COVER!! I’ve been waiting so long!

Sorceress of the Dryads is the second novel in the Legend of the Singer Duology set on the fantasy planet, Areaer.

The Overview:

The magic of the dryads does not come at a price, but it binds the Singer to the Pact of the forests. To keep her nature or be corrupted.

When the corrupted elven prince, Anakrim, takes the throne in the aftermath of the deaths of King Orenduil and Queen Alaria and promises the elven people the return of their long-lost magic, the forests of Elethri begin to languish…

The dryads and Tara-lin must join their magic as never before to end his menace in a way consistent with their natures and the healing of the forests. In the midst of the upheaval, Tara-lin finds herself in a position of influence she never wanted. With the help of the dryads, she must find and stay true to her song and try to lead the elves to discover and nurture their individual magic.

If you want to find out more about the series, you can go here, where I explain a little of how I came to write it and some aesthetics for the settings! If you just want to preorder, you can here.

But that is not all! From now until the release date on February 22nd, I plan to post a new piece of art, along with an excerpt and some explanation, every Saturday. More information, and links to each post as it goes live, will be added here, so bookmark this page to come back to every week if you’re at all interested!

I am also still working on the final edits with my editor. I cannot be sure of the exact date I will be done with those, but when I do, I will upload the content and the novel should become available for preorder at all retailers. I will announce when that happens here and make an update post about it, as well. The paperback is also as yet unavailable, for various reasons, including that I am very short on funds. When I can, I will make that available and let you all know!

Here’s the lineup for the next five weeks. As each post goes live, it will become an active link.

January 15: “Golden on the Wings of Eternity” written in Elethrian and Elethrian characters.

January 22: Eldazìn, elf Edge of Night

January 29: Alis, gryphon rider of Kushon and best friend of Tara-lin

February 5: Tara-lin, half-elf and Singer, protagonist

February 12: Eldor, Tara-lin’s human father

February 19: Lìrulin, Tara-lin’s elf mother

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ARC Review: Dust of a Moth’s Wing (The Age of Fire) by R. Ramey Guerrero

Dust of a Moth’s Wing

Series: The Age of Fire, #1

Author: R. Ramey Guerrero

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: March 25th, 2022

Book Description:

The age of Fire begins in six days.

For fifteen hundred years, Slate and the other rebels have trained students to return Fire’s energy to the city of Wen. All have failed. Only one is left, and Nokhum’s past is less than ideal. If he cannot convince the Council of Elders to allow Fire magic to return, chaos will claim the city. The rebels are determined to avoid that end- even if it means sacrificing his student to chaos’s demons to make the Council believe Fire’s energy is necessary.

Magically talented people are disappearing.

Nokhum is convinced that his life-mate is still alive- no matter what everyone else says. Human slavers who salivate for magical beings have taken her. Realizing the Council of Elders will not help him, he seeks forbidden magics to find her. His plans are derailed when Slate sends him out of the city for training. Will his time in the Whisperwood be his undoing?

 

Rating: Compelling, awesome characters; fascinating world-building Continue reading “ARC Review: Dust of a Moth’s Wing (The Age of Fire) by R. Ramey Guerrero”

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My Favourite Five Book Covers of 2021

This is the first day of the New Year, not that I care much about things like that, but I thought it would be a good time to show you my favourite fantasy book covers of the last year, even though I don’t buy books based off their covers! Well, these are m five favourite covers of the books I’ve read, and you should see reviews for all of them coming up on Paths of Fantasy this coming year, though it might take a couple months to get to every one. Continue reading “My Favourite Five Book Covers of 2021”

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Book Review: Cursed Song by Samantha Kroese

Cursed Song

cover of Cursed Song by Samantha Kroese; Ruyne and Shadow with notes floating around themSeries: Standalone

Author: Samantha Kroese

Genre: Fantasy (Fairy Tale Romance X Horror)

Book Description:

Bound by Song. Cursed by Fate


Ruyne, Leader of the Dusksinger bards, travels with his band from town to town, thrilling crowds with inspiring music born from an ancient magic. He leads a charmed life with his brother, and two life-long best friends.

Disaster strikes when Ruyne ignores a cryptic message from a loved one. The band’s idyllic peace is shattered by a monster from the past, and the horrifying truth behind their magic is revealed, leaving their lives in tatters and the hearts of the four men forever scarred. Scattered and broken, can they harmonize their Song in time to prevent a tragedy of apocalyptic proportions?

Rating: Enthralling, Inspiring, Moving, Incomplete. (I like this much better than choosing a number! Don’t you think?) Continue reading “Book Review: Cursed Song by Samantha Kroese”

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Review: Obsidian: Awakening by Sienna Frost

Obsidian: Awakening

Series: Obsidian, #1

Author: Sienna Frost

Genre: Historical Fantasy (Grimdark)

Blurb:

A war fought for peace.

A former slave who trades away his freedom.

An oracle tormented by his visions.

A wife who lives to kill her husband.

A half blood son born from hatred.

A tyrant who fights for unity.

A girl destined to end the war.

A sadistic bitch called Fate who breaks them all.

Seven broken heroes, born on both sides of the war between an empire and a nomadic race of the desert, must survive being tossed into the midst of chaos and forced to decide what they treasure more: loyalty to their lands, or what they hold dearest to their hearts.

DISCLAIMER: The name of this series, “Obsidian,” is derived from the rock that must first be broken to form a weapon. This is, therefore, a grimdark tale of people who choose to break like obsidian. It is not a light read for anyone who needs trigger warnings of any kind, and is written for a specific audience who enjoys grimdark stories, with no incorruptible heroes in sight and no promise of a happy, fulfilling ending. Please refrain from reading if you need these elements in a story.

Rating: Unforgettable, Thoughtful, Heart-provoking Continue reading “Review: Obsidian: Awakening by Sienna Frost”

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Review: The Stars Wait Not by Anne Wheeler

The Stars Wait Not

Series: The Star Realms Saga, #1

Author: Anne Wheeler

Genre: Sci-fi Romance

Blurb:

Ryllis Camden has a secret – she can talk to nature, and it speaks to her in return. But her gift is forbidden by the Vilarian Star Realm who controls her planet, and the penalty is death. When she’s falsely accused of treason and exiled to the Vilarian home world, hiding her power becomes even more critical. But how can she hide anything when she’s forced to toil in the home of the emperor’s youngest son?

Kresten Westermark might be a prince, but long ago he shunned a life of luxury to work as a telepath in the Vilarian Imperial Flee. His job demands he treat his new prisoner as a slave and test his deteriorating telepathic powers on her, but the only thing on his mind is the growing attraction he feels toward the earnest young woman tending his gardens.

As the mountain winter fades, a reluctant respect between the two becomes trust, and trust soon blossoms into affection. But when the Fleet arrives to arrest Kresten for treason, Ryllis must make an impossible decision.

Save Kresten’s life – or hers.

Rating: Heart-touching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable. (Yes, this is my new take on ratings; get used to it or find another reviewer!) Continue reading “Review: The Stars Wait Not by Anne Wheeler”