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  1. A good fantasy novel will have some familiar archetypes that avid readers of the genre know well. There are the endless battles between Good and Evil, Lightness and Dark, a Dark Lord and a scrappy Hero. Mix in a harrowing quest, a magical system, and a cast of mythical creatures, and you can create an epic novel that grips the reader to the very end. Good writers are able to reinvent these concepts in new ways again and again to keep fantasy readers hooked. Kel Kade presents us with a trope-subverting version of those archetypes in her new novel, Fate of the Fallen: Shroud of Prophecy (Book One). “What happens when the path of good and right, the triumph of light over darkness, the only path to salvation...fails?” This is the question Kade poses for us in the prologue of the book. I was instantly intrigued at the concept of evil winning out over good. I have come to expect heartbreak and tragedy as I travel along my fantasy journey, but however messy the journey becomes, I always expect the heroes to win the day. We are thrown immediately into a medievalesque world where a young handsome hero Mathais and his faithful friend Aaslo are bantering in the forest. We quickly learn the depth of their bond, and the book continually reinforces the lengths that “brothers in all things” will go to in order to honor that friendship. It isn’t long before our main characters have left the quaint life they once led, where their greatest worry was whom to take to the next town dance and are now venturing off into foreign lands. The duo are taking on a seemingly doomed quest to save humankind. In Kade’s world, the Greek-like gods take an active role in the manipulation of human lives. These ethereal beings exist in their own microcosms of the universe he created; and the lines between the realms seem less static than in other fantasy novels. As a reader you have to pay close attention to disentangle the many varied names and locations that are thrown your way as Kade gallops rather quickly through book one of this series. There are a few abrupt transitions that left me going back to reread the previous page, but I do not think that this was an accident. I believe Kade was intentionally trying to subvert the typical experience of the fantasy genre. She wove a tapestry of fascinating characters who were easy to love and that easily pulled me through the pages. In my opinion this book’s greatest strength is the witty banter that exists between its characters. There is a relatable and endearing comradery between Mathais and Aaslo that had me wondering if my best friend would go to such epic lengths for me? I finished the last page and was surprised to find myself so committed to seeing this journey to its end. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of book two, to hear more of Mathais and Aaslo’s banter and to see what other surprises Kade can conjure. Get a Free extended preview (ebook) on the DM ebook store Other Links KelKade.com Dragonmount eBook Store Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound.org / local retailers
  2. That is 100% why I am ready to be done with my day job. There are so many fun things I want to be doing and not enough hours in the day!! I often wish I could go without sleep. Lol *guzzles more coffee*
  3. I tend to get inspiration paralysis this time of year. I know it is from overthinking and not just doing.
  4. I am planning to do it. The time is now to start outlines! I just have to decide on an idea. Lol
  5. Another blast from the past!! Welcome back M'Hael, we are glad to bring you back into the fold.
  6. Welcome to DM! Never apologize for coming over from Brandon Sanderson. Please keep posting as you read the books. It is thrilling for me when new readers begin the series. I drove my family crazy wanting to talk to them as they read the series. I think that's half the reason some of them never finished..just to keep my from bugging them.
  7. Glad to have you back. I was never on those boards, but I ALL for old members finding their way back to the fray.
  8. Welcome to DM. It is always exciting to talk to someone who has newly finished the series. Let us know if you have any questions.
  9. Welcome, I am always interested to hear new theories. Let us know if you need any help getting the lay of the land.
  10. The world always seemed pale to Thera after one of her episodes. Almost as if she were seeing through a dense fog. Her normally powerful legs would feel like jelly, and she would have to assume the void to simply keep herself moving forward. Staring down at her plate heaped full of her favorite warm spiced chicken and piled with roasted potatoes Thera saw Annelle’s hand in this. The Innkeeper was only a dozen or so years older than Thera, but she treated her as if she had raised her from swaddling clothes. Thera could not find much of an appetite, but she forced herself to take slow methodical bites. She knew that if she did not eat, another argument would ensue. Even the wine tasted like ash in her mouth, but she slowly cleaned her plate and finished her drink. Thera knew if she did not ask for dessert, she would be forced to eat another helping of her meal. Attempting a smile as Annelle brought her a small plate with fruits and cheeses, Thera made small talk with the innkeeper. It was getting easier each day to fake her way through the days. Thera vehemently hoped that this meant true healing was around the corner. The door opened and spilled in light from the street outside. As Thera’s eyes adjusted, she thought she recognized the woman who entered. Searching her brain, the name Liitha came to mind. Smiling slightly Thera motioned for her to take a seat. Shockingly they had a woman in common, her beloved Serena. Suddenly rage burned white hot in her belly as she wondered how familiar the two women had been. The rage died as quickly as it had come when she saw the letter in Liithas’ hand. Tearing the seal with a slightly shaking hand Thera assumed the void and began to read the neat and tidy hand. A contingent of Tower Guards were completing a routine training when they came across a pack of wild bores. The guards attempted to avoid the beasts but one of them turned violent and gave chase. In spite of his best effort one guard, Mathis Trakelyn, but able to avoid the animal and was speared through the chest. Amarin Sedai came as quickly as she could, but due to the nature of the injury she was unable to heal young Trakelyn. The world went black and the last thing Thera saw was the ceiling as she hit the floor.
  11. I have never gone in with a plan, and outline, and I have also never finished. So, I think that this year I am going to go all in. I am going to be steering clear of high fantasy for now. I feel like that takes too much prep for me and I get caught in the planning (hence why I have been writing my fantasy novel for 6 years lol). I am looking more at maybe a magical realism idea.... I have been jotting down ideas in my bullet journal as they come.
  12. I figure if nothing else it will help force me through my recent writers block.
  13. I am going to make an attempt this year.
  14. I will start working on my reply. Gotta go dig around and find my Eqwina brain.... *shuffles off*
  15. I appreciate you ALL so much. Change has never been something I enjoyed, and suddenly my entire world is changing....and the hardest part is I have no real control over what will happen. I have to continue to live in this limbo, and writing has always been my therapy. The fact that I have struggled to write has been making this all even harder. Knowing that I have this place where I can express myself (through theses characters who have been a part of me for more than a decade) is a huge relief. Also, having all of your support really does mean the world to me.
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