Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!
My guest author features on Jorie Loves A Story during #WyrdAndWonder continue today – as I like to focus each May on showcasing Indie Authors & Indie Publishers who are giving us fantastical stories we want to be reading.
I am thankful to be featuring another ‘first novel’ in a debut series – this time, it is for Indie novelists L.P. Owen whose beginning his magical journey into the world of Yggdraslia. It was through my conversation with Jennifer Silverwood during #SatBookChat wherein I first learnt about the Yggdrasil tree and the connections to Norse Mythology. Whilst I’ve been continuing my readings of Glenn Searfross’s epic novel “Cycles of Norse Mythology” (see also interview) wherein this tree also comes into focus as well.
I’ve become enchanted by Folklore & Mythology ever since I first participated in #Mythothon (@Mythothon) which is a readathon dedicated to select branches of Mythological readings wherein each reader can designate how much they want to explore out of the theme of the year. Each year, I’ve sought to seek out different authors and different styles of narrative per each mythological focus – my readings during #Mythothon combined with my quest to seek out Indie Fantasy novelists during #WyrdAndWonder alighted my path to finding today’s featured novel.
As soon as I read the premise, I had a feeling it would generate a wicked good convo for Wyrd And Wonder! I’ve been spending the month on Saturdays hosting 3x Indie Authors of Fantasy (ie. Felicity Banks (see also Review), Jennifer Silverwood (see also Review) and Owen Crane. Whilst I’ve been featuring Indie Authors on Jorie Loves A Story as well – Valerie J Mikles (see also interview), Brianna Sugalski (see also interview) and Tracy Richardson (see also interview).
I love hosting the conversations because it helps me feel a bit more rooted in the stories and I hope you’ll have the same takeaway yourself.
Brew yourself a cuppa and hug close to the convo!
The Church of Kyrinae is both law and religion to the world of Yggdraslia. However, that world is dying. Even empowered by magic relics given by the Goddess, the Clerics and Avatars of the church cannot seem to determine the cause or how to stop it. Perhaps, according to many of Yggdraslia’s citizens, they just do not care.
In this world lives Kiera Milla, and only a few days after the death of her mother, she finds herself visited by an animal messenger that throws her life upside down with magic, mystery and a responsibility far beyond what a 17 year old girl should have. With a desperate plea from the Goddess Kyrinae herself, Kiera is tasked with the impossible mission to restore the Goddess to her former glory and revive the dying lands. However, in doing so she must go against both the church’s teachings and laws. Using only her wits (or at least brute force..), the power of the relics and the help of new friends, Kiera will have to fight the world itself and its people, just to save it.
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Published by Owen Arts Publishing
on 13th February, 2020
Published by: Owen Arts Publishing
Enjoy this Extract from the novel:
She walked across the room and looked in her full-length mirror to assess the damage. She was tall, far taller than any girl she knew, and more than half the boys, so even for her full-length mirror, she had to squat to see her whole body. Her thin, lean frame was covered in bruises, not to mention a dark spot covering her left eye. However, despite her appearance, she could not help but smile. She loved to brawl, and fighting two boys at once was especially thrilling. And as bad as she looked, she knew the boys looked even worse, so she turned away from the mirror with a grin on her face. Her room was simple, a firm bed with its wooden frame a huge mess, and her dark wooden dresser full of girl’s clothes she had long since had been unable to wear. She grabbed her go-to clothes set, brown trousers that almost went past her ankles, and a short sleeve black shirt. She grabbed a brush and made some attempt to tame her wild, shoulder-length curly red hair. As always, she gave up after a few seconds, taking a few minutes instead to wash her face and teeth, then left her room and ran downstairs. Outside of the cottage her and her mother lived in, she sprinted across the bright green grass to the sheep pen. A large, fenced-in area housing a few dozen sheep, and just as Kiera thought, almost all the sheep had been sheared and the baskets full.
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