The world has fallen in the face of demons spilling out across the Earth from the Hellmouth, a portal that ripped its way into the central United States. Angels with fearsome spirit animals descended from Heaven to wage war, but humanity has been caught in the crossfire. Nathan and Jeremy Sanders, along with a small band of refugees, are just trying to survive in the eastern woods of Texas, aided by a fallen angel named Ash.
But they’re about to be drawn into the conflict when demons come looking for Nathan, claiming he’s marked to help them raise Lucifer. With the Devil inbound, Nathan, Jeremy, and Ash set off on a quest to retrieve a lost key that could close the Hellmouth, and Nathan discovers he may not be so helpless in the face of such cosmic forces. If he can learn to wield an angelic power unwittingly bestowed upon him, humanity might just have a chance—and a champion.
My good friend Alina Sayre has just released the fourth and final installment of her middle-grade fantasy series, Voyages of the Legend, and today on the blog I’m helping her celebrate. It’s a wonderful series, captivating for any kid and adult. I love all the book covers for the series, but this last one tops them all. (I mean, dragon!)
Title: The Illuminated Kingdom
Series: The Voyages of the Legend, Book 4
Author: Alina Sayre (www.alinasayre.com)
Cover Designer: Jenny Zemanek of Seedlings Design Studio
Genre: Middle Grades Fantasy
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Price: US $4.99 (eBook), US $14.99 (paperback)
ISBN (paperback): 978-1979020442
The Vestigia Roi has risen up to retake their home island of Rhynlyr, but all Ellie can think about is rescuing her missing brother, Connor. Guided by a dream of Connor’s whereabouts, Ellie disobeys the Council’s orders and stows away aboard the Legend. But a simple rescue mission quickly goes wrong as Ellie and her friends confront new monsters and old enemies. The crewmembers of the Legend soon find themselves waging a last, desperate battle to save not just Connor or Rhynlyr, but their entire world. As the One Kingdom hangs in the balance, Ellie and the Vestigia Roi must ultimately decide what they are fighting for—and how much they are willing to sacrifice for it.
“…[an] astounding, imaginative world…” –Readers’ Favorite
Alina Sayre began her literary career chewing on board books and has been in love with words ever since. Now she is the award-winning author of The Voyages of the Legend fantasy series as well as an educator, editor, and speaker. Her first novel, The Illuminator’s Gift, won a silver medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and was a finalist in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book competition and a semifinalist for the BookLife Prize in Fiction. All four Voyages of the Legend books have received 4- or 5-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite. When she’s not writing, Alina enjoys hiking, crazy socks, and reading under blankets. She does not enjoy algebra or wasabi. When she grows up, she would like to live in a castle with a large library.
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The final book in the Elemental Magic series is now available!
After finally discovering her birth name, Natalie West travels to Stanislaus National Park to track down an old friend of her parents who might be the only living link to them. Unfortunately, the man is a recluse and isn’t keen on talking.
To complicate things, a wildfire starts raging in the park, one that Andre Romero suspects has a supernatural origin. Nat’s only recently learned of her elemental heritage and feels completely out of her depth, but she’ll stick with him as they venture deeper into the forest. Their investigation turns deadly, however, when they discover not only is a feral firebird on the loose, but also some hunters who specialize in “exotic” prey. And a group of elementals might just make the best game yet.
Prompt: Josh — “It wasn’t every day he could leave his half-sister speechless.”
The moment Josh stepped through the front door, Sylphie was storming out from the kitchen.
“Where were you?” she demanded.
He froze in the entryway, hands clutching the strap of his backpack. “What do you mean?” he asked tremulously.
Sylphie scowled and crossed her arms. “Don’t play dumb. We were supposed to walk home from school together. Only you never showed. So where were you? That Travers kid giving you trouble again?”
Josh dropped his gaze to the floor and shook his head. “No.”
“Are you sure? Because I will go over there and—”
“I was in detention,” he blurted.
Sylphie froze, blinking owlishly. “You?”
Josh scuffed his sneaker on the hardwood. “For rigging a bucket of molasses over the door of the boys bathroom…when Dustin Travers was ready to walk out.”
Sylphie’s mouth moved soundlessly, disbelief and something akin to pride flickering across her face. Josh felt the corners of his mouth twitch. It wasn’t every day he could leave his half-sister speechless.
If you have a prompt you’d like to see, just tell me the character and a brief sentence, and we’ll see what I come up with! ^_^
These prompts continue to be quite a challenge, but really fun too. Now we’re getting a glimpse into a character’s childhood.
Prompt: Sylphie (Elemental Magic books 5 and 6): “Mascara? What’s that?”
“Look what I swiped off my mom’s dresser.”
Sylphie took the proffered black stick from her classmate and hopped up onto the edge of the sink counter in the girls bathroom. “Mascara? What’s that?”
Heather gaped at her in stupefaction. “It’s makeup! To make your lashes look long and voluptuous.”
Sylphie arched a dubious brow. “Oh, this is the stuff that gives women raccoon eyes when they cry in movies.”
Heather snatched the tube of mascara back and uncapped it. “No, it’s supposed to be sexy.” She lifted the brush coated in black goop to her eyelashes, but then the bell for third period blared, and her hand jerked. Heather yelped as she hit her eye, which caused it to water and smear the dab of mascara that had painted her cheek.
Sylphie grabbed a paper towel from the dispenser and quickly handed it to her. Yup, raccoon face.
Prompt: Andre — “Not that he cared. This was what he lived for.”
“You destroyed another company car.”
Andre turned to his partner. “The alchemist blew up the car.”
Emily scoffed. “You didn’t have to antagonize him.”
“One more nail in the coffin. You know how the agency prefers undeniable proof.”
“If the company refuses to issue you another vehicle, I am not bringing my own car on cases with you.” She started walking away, past the still-smoking scrap of metal that had once been a Buick. Hardly a model to weep over.
“And don’t even think about me riding on the back of your motorcycle,” she called over her shoulder.
Andre merely shrugged. The SPA could deny his claim. Not that he cared. Watching the handcuffed alchemist get shoved into the back of an agency van, he felt nothing but satisfaction. This was what he lived for.