Welcome to the launch of Song of the Sword, the second novella in the Legends of Light series! Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flows chronologically through the series, each novella is a stand-alone retelling of a favorite fairy tale. Each story in this nine novella series focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while also retelling popular fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.
A glittering sword.
An ancient oath.
A blackened rose.
And a melody which ties it all together.
Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.
Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.
To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. Even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. In the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?
Interview with the Author!
Welcome, Hope, to my blog, Keturah's Korner. Can you start out by telling us a little about you?
I’m a Christian authoress who lives on small farm in northern Indiana with five younger brothers and three younger sisters. There is never a dull moment in our house, let me tell you. Mom homeschooled us and, after graduating back in 2013, I started helping more with the teaching as well.
I love to write; at least, I love the stories in my head and so I have to write them down. I also enjoy blogging, taking cool photos, reading fantasy and history, tree climbing, roller blading, eating chocolate, listening to music, and collecting daggers and ‘treasure’.
What inspired you to write this series?
Several years ago I got the idea of retelling fairy tales with the various aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit as their themes. I even picked out nine fairy tales, then I left the idea to hibernate because I couldn’t figure out how exactly I wanted to go about it. It wasn’t until last winter, when I started considering self-publishing seriously, that I brushed the idea back off. I’d already written two novellas retelling fairy tales for the Rooglewood contests, and the idea of the fairy tale/Fruit of the Spirit stories was still around, so I finally brought it to life.
What is something you LOVE doing outside of writing.
Reading!!! I love to read, though I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to. I enjoy reading fantasy and some science fiction as well as history – especially Roman and Greek history.
What is you dream goal for your writing - or rather your future hopes?
My main goal for my writing is that it will change people’s lives. That it will make them think and inspire them. As for hopes and dreams, well…I’d really love to have a book made into a movie. A good movie where I have a say in the script, not one that ruins the story. I’ve spent so long writing and imagining various stories, it would be so cool to actually see my settings and characters.
Do you have any interesting tips for budding writers?
Interesting tips? Besides the worn out but very true adage of ‘if you want to be a writer, sit down and write?’ *grins* Hmm, how about this one: write because you enjoy it. Don’t stress about who likes or doesn’t like your stuff. If you write well, there will be readers who love your work. There will be others who don’t care for it simply because different people like different styles. Don’t let it bother you. Focus on writing for the people your writing can touch, not on pleasing everyone.
Why do you think literature is so important for the world?
Stories are powerful. Moving through circumstances and trials with a character can portray the reality of life and spiritual themes so much better than simply hearing about how one ought to act. A large reason for this is that we connect emotionally with the character. We can see the situation through their eyes, place ourselves in their position, and try to figure out what we’d do. Stories can inspire us, by portraying great victories amid defeat, light in darkness, hope in despair. There is plenty of darkness and sorrow in the world around us. Reading helps remind us of what is important, and of the surety good’s triumph in the end (even if we don’t see the final victory in this life).
Thanks for joining me on here! Have a great day - and may God bless you and your writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There's a war raging, and Evrard is on must keep his wits about him. But something out of the ordinary has happened - he has felt the presence of one where no-one should be.
Who can it be?
We he hears tell that he may have a twin sister, lost and separated by strange circumstances his protective nature wants to find her, to save her from the danger she may be in.
But he also has a duty to the Prince, his Prince.
Can he balance both? And will he be able to find his missing sister in time?
I enjoy a good fairy tale. Original, retellings - I love them all. But the Rapunzel fairy tale has always intrigued me.
So, of course I was happy to beta read this for Hope!!
It was very interesting, I will start out by saying.
Even though it was a retelling - it was a very original one.
There was war. Patriotism. Family values. The meaning of duty and laying one's life down for another.
From start to finish, it was an exciting story. It was different in the way that their was no romance, but that fact is soon over looked and not even missed.
I really loved the character Punzel - but I can't say too much about her with out giving a way the plot.
Deep fantasy. Lots of allegory. If you like both of those you will love Song of the Sword.
About the Author
She has been writing for over five years, and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories, but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.
Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.
Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.
You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.
I’m giving away a beautiful, one-of-a-kind mug with the Legends of Light logo emblazoned on its side, along with a Song of the Sword bookmark! Due to shipping costs, at this time the mug giveaway is limited to the USA. However, I do have a second giveaway of a $10 Amazon gift card, along with another Song of the Sword bookmark, for international readers! Please only enter one of the giveaways.
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