Sundered for a reason, the world is two-sided. But mankind defied the sanctions, conjuring a passage from the Old World through the equatorial ring of flames and inhabiting the elven hemisphere. As this invasive species disseminates, conflict ensues, centuries pass, and an industrial revolution begins.
Now, reparations must be made.
A human-elf hybrid is murdered to spark a cleansing fire but is denied passage to the heavens. Instead, Dreyah is reborn headstrong and impetuous but more so than any other teenager, is uncertain about her place in the world. Seeking revenge for her murder, Dreyah traverses Udia, a realm that was devastated by an old war between her two peoples, and the circumstances highlight her greatest dilemma; she must choose a side in the coming days.
Sixteen years ago, Cambria’s king gave Kennason to a foreigner as a gesture of peace between their two realms. But after the death of her second husband and a marriage of mutual distaste, Kennason abandons the Andanes and returns to her homeland where magic is not tolerated but steam and pistons charm the masses. Reunited with family and in the solace of an emerging romance, she grasps contentment. But when renegade wizards abduct her, painful family secrets reveal there was more to Kennason’s banishment than a simple gift.
When Old World monsters begin menacing Cambria, Kennason and Dreyah find their tracks are bound together by history, prejudice, betrayal, and blood as they race to uncover old truths and protect their loved ones in the first installment of The Ardent Halo story.
The journey continues in the “The Vatic Confluence”. The first and second installment will be free from 7/6/18-7/8/18. Please post reviews on Amazon or Goodreads!
Besides a love of great adventures, my diverse career includes engineering, taxes, and the most challenging occupation, wrangling two boys – that’s right, I love numbers, problem-solving, and my family. I reside in a spirited little town in Oregon, but my sweet husband is finishing up his 24-year career in the military so we have experienced many regions of the United States.
I have met many great characters along the way, but all characters in The Ardent Halo saga story are fictional, except Grantis Rand and Aeryn O’Ter. When I first declared I was going to write a book, my then 6 and 8-year-old sons said they wanted to be in it. They picked their character type, but I tried to write their actual personalities into the story. Years have passed, and as Grant and Aaron approach their character’s age, it’s like having a gregarious warrior and cunning wizard in the house (and raiding the pantry).
Epic stories where the dividing line between good and evil is less than certain are my favorite. I love characters who tactile, flawed, and struggle to find compass north, and those who just ignore the compass and make a left-hand turn. Whimsical fantasy with protagonists and antagonists that were popped out of the mainstream molds are dull. I want to feel like the story and its characters could be real.