Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Linda M. Crate ~ 2nd guest post and her novel ~ Corvids & Magic

TITLE: Corvids & Magic
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2017
AUTHOR: Linda M. Crate
CATEGORIES: Fantasy/Paranormal/Supernatural
ISBN: 978-1544853017
IMPRINT: Chimera

KEYWORDS: Vampire, Faerie, Witches, Dark Magic, Light Magic, Elves Dwarves, Dragons

A displaced king and queen try to find their way home as Atriel faces the biggest chaos they’ve ever known.

Paige is the daughter of an elven man driven mad and a star child that took the form of a woman. When her father nearly kills her she seeks asylum and refuge with the king and queen of Atriel.

Her friend, Lezienne, knows more than she’s letting on but refuses to speak of who brought the shadow dancers into Atriel even after she is confronted by Paige. Despite the fact that Lezienne nearly died, she refuses to tell anyone who brought this plague to Atriel.

Queen Orchid and King Creon are baffled by shadow dancers an ancient evil that has never been seen before in Atriel brought about by a wicked man who seeks to take Atriel’s throne by force.

Miasha (Matilda's evil sister) comes to cause havoc with this all going on, and a displaced people led by their King and Queen try to find their home.


Corvids & Magic is a tale about a misplaced girl trying to find some sense of normality in her life after her father has gone mad and tried to kill her. She receives acceptance and is welcomed into Queen Orchid's court because Orchid knows all too well what it is like to be orphaned and have to fend for one's self.

She reveals to a surprised Paige that she wasn't always a princess, and at one time herself was nothing more than an orphaned girl who was living with her twin brother and her aunt.

Shortly after she arrives, however, Paige notices strange things are beginning to happen in Atriel and blames herself for the strange happenings that are occurring. She insists that she is to blame for all that is going on, but it is far from being something she could control.

As the book develops it also becomes a tale about a misplaced King and Queen trying to reclaim their homeland as theirs after being driven out years ago. They appeal to the king and queen of Atriel, insisting that this was originally their homeland and they would like to return.

Not to mention a rag-tag band of villains that were ousted from their own homeland for being different used and brainwashed by Miasha to defeat Creon and Orchid.

There's also a blast from the past as Hadrian returns to Atriel and finds himself tangled in the affairs of this battle.

In a show of good faith the corvids decide to help Atriel as they fight against the shadow dancers (an ancient branch of evil that has never been seen before in Atriel), the evil witch Miasha (Syn's aunt), and the wicked vampire named Philippe.

They are willing to do whatever it takes so that they are able to return home. After being outcasts in a land that has been unkind to them for many moons they are willing to do anything it takes to prove that they are not the enemy. They simply wish to have a safe place to live, a place that is theirs.

Lucille ends up joining in the battle to protect Atriel along with her beloved Florian. In addition to this Syn, Byrant, Padma, and Morgan join in on the battle, too.

Lucille is the one that ends up rescuing Princess Cadalia (with the aid of Fury) from the clutches of the vampire: Philippe.

It's an epic battle which results in the death of some the usual suspects found in the wars of Atriel.

However, it ends well for Atriel; in general, that all the shadow dancers are destroyed and peace and harmony are restored to the country. At least, for a time.

Yet it could be said that relationships between Atriel and the fae country are about to get rocky as this is the book that reviews Cadarius' true nature and it is anything but sterling. It shows his descent into darkness after losing his wife who is considered a traitor to any form of goodness.

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. Recently her two chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013) and Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014) were published. Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. Her third poetry collection If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publication - August 2016) was recently published. Her poetry collection Sing Your Own Song is forthcoming through Barometric Pressures Series.



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