The Otherworld SeriesImagine a rather traditional fantasy world - now imagine dealing with that world without relying on the traditional swords and sorcery. These young adult fantasy books explore what happens when characters try a more thoughtful, creative approach to dealing with people and their conflicts. They are adventures about doing right even when the effect seems small, and following your leadings even when you don't know where they will take you.
1. Song Against Shadow
2. Sleeping Legends Lie
3. Return to Tchrkkusk
4. Vision Revealed
5. A Threatening of Dragons
6. Ruin of Ancient Powers
(For ages 10-ish through adult.)
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Paperback books, 178 - 240 pages: $12 each
Book 1 Song Against Shadow: The Song of Svarnil
The people moved without emotion, without awareness of their own emptiness. They hurried without purpose, spoke without knowing what they said, fought over things they did not want and then forgot they had won them. It was as though habits had shed the people who used them and now lived on their own. This was the Death.
As her adventures among mages, monsters, and spirits unfold, Svarnil learns what it means to be a true bard. She must also discover whether the gifts she has will be enough to bring her through the challenges before her.
Book 2 Sleeping Legends Lie: The Legend of Jiriya
That something was wrong Jiriya could feel even before she was fully awake. It was the stooping edge of an anxious dream, perhaps, or the prickle of an insect at the back of her neck. She raised her arm to brush away the insect, and her knuckle knocked against something hard. When she tried to turn her head to look, her hair pulled so sharply it tore. She was fully awake now, and frightened. It was still just before dawn, grey and dewy, and silent. Cautiously she put her hand back again, and her fingers met the blade…
Book 3 Return to Tchrkkusk: The Tale of Chlukash
As Chlukash passed through the gauntlet of Deerfolk, at the end of the line of her people, something warm and wet splattered against her ankle. Laughter and hooting broke out behind her. She refused to look back, but deliberately stopped, wiped the gob of spit from her skin with her kerchief, and dropped the fabric behind her on the street. She was almost to the North Bridge.
As she stepped onto the stone span, the soldiers closed ranks across the road and Eotheort was behind her. A great furious cheer rose up from the city’s shore. “Scomu, never come back! Never come back!" they screamed.
Chlukash muttered, “I swear by all the chwshym, I never will.”
Book 4 Vision Revealed: Further Adventures of Svarnil
There was a flash of yellow light, a cloud of brown smoke, and everything was chaos. Screams shook the air as people leapt to their feet and tried to run from the thing that had appeared, a smoking, swirling, monstrous figure at the back of the temple near the doors. The panicking people dashed helter-skelter, knocking into each other, tripping and trampling, seizing their loved ones. The apparition, after an instant of stillness, seemed to explode across the temple floor. It was impossible to make out the features of the monster, for it never rested or stilled its rampage. It seemed to be composed of dust or brown smoke, whirling madly in the ever-shifting shape of a beast…
Book 5 A Threatening of Dragons: Travels of Nulif and Svarnil
“Why have we let them live even this long?” the silver dragon demanded, his harsh voice rising to a roar of such rage that the fires ringing the cavern shook, the tongues of flame cowering and leaping as if in fright. All around her Svarnil could see the restless shifting of scaled limbs, but whether it indicated agreement or dissent she could not see without risk of meeting the dragons' eyes…
Svarnil strained to catch the words of the muttered conversation on the other side of the door. In the quiet there was a sudden sharp crack of thunder loud and close enough to shake the stone around them, so that their hands shot out against the walls for balance. One of the voices said, “The power is flowing.” He sounded frightened.
From the ancient
ruins of a lost civilization to the sudden ruin of a new
city, a mysterious power stalks the desert. Oru of Sisoa leads an
expedition to investigate, accompanied by his beloved
Jiriya, the bard Svarnil, and the librarian Nulif. Their group also includes two
young sky-dwarf orphans who may carry a curse from the
destruction of their home, and three nomads of bitterly
feuding tribes. Together
the diverse members of this expedition must solve the
mystery of the ancient curse of Edah and turn aside its
terrible danger. But the
greatest danger of all may not be the nameless gods of
Edah, but the conflicts these travelers bring with them
on the journey.
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Praise for Song Against Shadow
descriptive passages and the careful rendering of the
characters is impressive. I appreciate the way the
author deals with issues of life and death, and the
way intent affects the rightness of actions. They are
good lessons on honor and responsibility, and what
really matters... I recommend it for fantasy readers
from about 5th or 6th grade through adult.
In Song Against Shadow, this strong, wise young elf seems ready to take on an adventure even though she is a bit unsure of herself. The underlying themes of confidence, trust, hope, life and death are well articulated and thought provoking... The setting is luminous and inviting and the characters are well crafted and quite likeable. The tone is warm hearted and entrancing, making the reader want to follow along on this journey. Definitely recommended.- amazon.com editorial review
Let it be known that I... read way-too-many self-published books to be anything but cynical --- and yet I stand in awe. Not just another quest tale, Song Against Shadow explores the inner and outer landscapes of Svarnil's world as she confronts darkness and finds light. Rich descriptions of both character and setting are balanced against a tightly-moving plot that engages and engrosses. A wonderful way to start what promises to be a satisfying series. - Jo Steigerwald
A friend who
knows I read a lot of fantasy novels lent me this
book. Impatient reader that I am, at first I had to
get used to the characters' names. But I kept reading,
wanting to find out what happened next. And I was not
disappointed. There are some creative twists in the
book that I have not read anywhere else, and I read a
LOT of fantasy novels, both young adult and adult.
Worth the read. And there are more novels to look
forward to. I want to know more about the bard's
- “Violet Penumbra"