Stuff in the ‘Fantasy’ Category

24 July, 2019

ISHTAR’S LEGACY, Rachel Sullivan

 “Strong characters. Smart writing. The most fun I’ve had between the pages in a long time! Pudelek is not to be missed!” – New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins ★★★★★

The powerful conclusion to Rachel Sullivan’s action-packed WILD WOMEN trilogy that started with FREYJA’S DAUGHTER and continued with LILITH’S CHILDREN!

Only two Hunter complexes remain in the way of Faline Frey and freedom for all American Wild Women. That is, until harpy Eonza makes a grave mistake in her quest to become pregnant and risks outing her people to the world.

As leaders from Wild Women groups in other countries get wind of the potential exposure, they send their ambassadors to assess the situation. What they find is defected Hunters—the men who have been oppressing Wild Women for decades—helping Wilds.

When Faline aligned with an ex-Hunter, her coterie took it badly. But these foreign Wilds make that look like a walk in the forest. They are ready to declare war on their American sisters for turning against their own kind and helping Hunters. But Faline has an even bigger foe on her tail.

Locked up and staring into the eyes of her worst enemy—the man who took her mother—she realizes just how much she has to lose and the truth behind the years shrouded in mystery.

She has one shot to take freedom for herself and every other Wild Woman. But can she succeed with her hands literally tied behind her back?

 


16 April, 2018

Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan is a dog-hugger and tree-lover. Growing up with three sisters sparked her passion for both women’s history and women’s advocacy, which led to her career as a birth doula and childbirth educator. These days she channels those passions into researching and writing fiction. The idea for her debut novel, FREYJA’S DAUGHTER, book #1 in the Wild Women series, came about while researching ancient goddess-worshiping cultures. Rachel noticed how mythology about goddesses and folkloric female shifted from a place of strength and power to a place of subservience and wickedness as women became more oppressed due to political/and or religious changes.  Wild Women #3: ISHTAR’S LEGACY is just published to continues the battle between the Wild Women and the oppressive Hunters.

She discovered Norse tales about the huldra, women who were said to have bark patches on their backs and live amongst the trees as powerful protectors of the forest. The folklore surrounding the huldra had changed over the years turning them into evil forest women who seduced men and could only be saved by marrying a man. Rachel saw an opportunity to create a similar story about folkloric women who used to be wild and free and powerful, who were told lies about their very existence, that their wildness must be contained due to its evil and uncontrollable nature. Until one huldra stumbles upon the truth when her own containment cracks open and her wildness flows freely.

When she’s not writing, Rachel enjoys hiking, attempting to grow her own food, or reading. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and two well-fed guinea pigs. ISTHAR’S LEGACY, the third book in the WILD WOMEN series, is her latest novel from City Owls Press.

Learn more about Rachel and her Wild Women series at her website.

 You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.


24 July, 2017

FREYJA’S DAUGHTER by Rachel Pudelek

Launching a new fierce-feminist fantasy series, FREYJA’S DAUGHTER introduces us to Faline Fry, a bounty hunter and member of the Washington huldra coterie, who must unite the succubae, harpies, mermaids, and rusalki to rescue her sister and escape the clutches of the Hunters, the mysterious men who have been controlling the wild women for centuries. (City Owl Press, World, 2018).


28 August, 2013

Read of the Week: RIDDLE IN STONE, Robert Evert

51xpsTcA2aL._AA160_I took on Robert Evert’s Riddle in Stone trilogy in part because I fell in love with his hapless protagonist, a stuttering overweight librarian.  The trilogy is classic fantasy of the best sort, and like good epic fantasy, it is also about the making of a hero, in this case, an improbable hero who goes takes on a dangerous quest to win the love of a buxom bar maid.  There’s more…

Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund—a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

Not surprisingly (at least to me), the first volume aptly named Riddle in Stone, has earned 4.4 stars from Amazon Kindle readers.

“This unique plot is oozing creativity. You have to give it a read to properly understand why…you will not be disappointed, it is an excellent read!” (5 Stars) – Only the Indies

“In many ways, Riddle in Stone harkens back to the early days of modern fantasy where the hero is really an everyman confronted with an impossible task and, despite his own innocence, insecurities, and sense of inadequacy, accomplishes that which the great heroes of the time could not. Yet, there are enough differences to give it a fresh feel.” – Maxine McLister

“Evert does an outstanding job. He isn’t afraid of the nastiness inherent in captivity. The process of turning Edmund from a sputtering coward into something resembling a hero is a long and ugly one.” – Erin Eymard