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 though 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?
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Hi!! *waves* This is Bethany 🙂 Before I get started I want to congratulate Hope on the publishing of her second book!!! That’s so awesome! I’ll keep this short and sweet because when it comes to good stories, I could ramble on all day.
Song of the Sword is definitely worth the read. In my experience, it’s difficult to write fantasy while still making it somewhat believable, but Hope accomplished it better than most. The writing itself is beautiful and has a finesse about it that you would expect from a much older writer. I won’t lie though, the beginning was a little confusing and it took me a few chapters to fully understand exactly what was going on. But once I got a good grasp of the story, it was very enjoyable:) I would definitely suggest that you get this novella and give it a read. You won’t be sorry that you did 🙂
Roinette never knew her family. As far as she knows, they abandoned her on the side of the road when she was only an infant. Perhaps they hadn’t wanted a girl. Perhaps they couldn’t care for another child. Or maybe they somehow knew of her abilities and wanted nothing to do with them.
If it was the latter, Roinette couldn’t disagree more heartily. It wasn’t every child who was able to walk in the alternate mirror dimension of melody and song. A realm of consciousness most Aslarians knew only through ancient stories. Stories that Roinette’s nurse, Roesia, delighted to tell her in a hushed voice at bedtime.
Life was good, if not a mite lonely, with only her nurse and Cyrillen, the man who’d taken her in for company. At least it was until the war began. Until the bandit attack which tore her from her nurse and her home, showing her the darker side of the Melody and leaving her on an island of ruins in the Shadowfen.
Punzel, a fen-hopper she healed not long after arriving, kept life from getting interminably dull, but Roinette still entered the mist drenched Melody as often as she could to escape the tedium of daily life. Slowly she grew content. Until the morning without mist. And the low voices which accompany the return of the shadows.
About the Author
Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.
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.
Giveaway!!! (LINKS BELOW)
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.