Fall’s onset always makes me think of Middle Earth and gives me an urge to journey with Frodo anew through the pages of Lord of the Rings. At any rate, a new month has arrived, bringing both autumn and a few Christian fantasy releases and news items I’d like to share. I hope you find something of interest!
Dragons of the Valley
by Donita K. Paul
With an invasion of her country imminent, Tipper Schope is drawn into a mission to keep three important statues from falling into the enemy’s clutches. Her friend, the artist Bealomondore, helps her execute the plan, and along the way he learns to brandish a sword rather than a paintbrush.
As odd disappearances and a rash of volatile behavior sweep Chiril, no one is safe. A terrible danger has made his vicious presence known: The Grawl, a hunter unlike any creature encountered before.
To restore their country, Tipper, Bealomondore, and their party must hide the statues in the Valley of the Dragons and find a way to defeat the invading army. When it falls to the artistic Bealomondore to wield his sword as powerfully and naturally as a paintbrush, will he answer Wulder’s call for a champion?
The dragons of Starlight have been enslaving humans for over a century. At long last, warrior Adrian Masters and sword maiden Marcelle vow to find the mysterious portal where the Lost Ones disappeared, hoping to rescue the slaves. Will they turn back when they learn that only the ultimate sacrifice can bring freedom to the oppressed?
The Skin Map
by Stephen Lawhead
Kit Livingstone’s great-grandfather has re-appeared with an unbelievable story–the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legends but truly are pathways to other worlds. So few people know how to use them, though, that doing so is fraught with danger.
But one explorer knew more than most. Because of his fear of being unable to find his way home, he developed an intricate code and tattooed his map onto his skin. But the map has since been lost and rival factions are in desperate competition to recover it. What none of them yet realize is that the skin map itself is not the prize at the end of this race . . . but merely the first goal of a vast and marvelous quest to regain Paradise.
Enter the ultimate treasure hunt–with a map made of skin, a playing field of alternate realities, and a prize that is the greatest mystery of all.
Sneak peak at some upcoming titles:
The Legends of Karac Tor, a fantasy series abruptly canceled by the closing of a publisher’s entire fiction line, may be about to get new life (thanks to Becky for sharing this). Keep an eye on the author’s facebook page for more information.