31 July 2021

The YA Fantasy Reading Project: Jun. - Jul. 2021

Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

The course of this reading project has seen many ups and downs, starting out with a very ambitious reading amount in the first period, then dwindling readings for the other months. I'm pleased to report that this time around, I've actually read more than two books! Woohoo!

I decided to start including books with a little bit of horror in them as part of my "fantasy" reading, because horror is considered dark fantasy and if there's magic tied to the horror somehow, I definitely consider it to be fantasy. There's a lot of overlap in those genres, I think, so I'm counting them as part of the reading project. This explains why during the last piece of the project, I included both books in the Anna Dressed in Blood series by Kendare Blake. They were horror but definitely fantasy as well. 

So what kind of books did I see in June and July? We're talking a new view of Camelot; a land where our world and Faerie collide; the open seas where mermaids dwell; a futuristic Canada where magic still lives; and deep in the countryside where music summons spirits. 

Here's the collage of covers, and like always, they're so beautiful!

Stay tuned -- we'll be coming back in the fall to recap August and September! 

25 July 2021

Lirien of Ardeth from "Son of the Siren"

I am delighted to show you this incredible artwork from Juhaihai of the lead character from my novel, Son of the Siren. 

Lirien (c) 2021 by Juhaihai

Here is a quick description of Son of the Siren: 

Eighteen-year-old Lirien of Ardeth, bastard son of a king and a mythical siren, unleashes a forbidden power to save his father from the sea creature's clutches... but there is an even greater danger close by that threatens to possess him and destroy everything he loves. 

This book is a love letter to fairy tales. I play with motifs, imagery, and concepts from three stories: The Little Mermaid, The Six Swans, and Allerleirauh, all woven together in this fantastical tale of love, courage, and obsession. 


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