Faerie princess Alida and Gavin, the human boy who helped her escape from Lord Dunraven’s castle, are desperate to find Alida’s family, now living in a hidden place where the banished faerie community has resettled. Alida and Gavin’s friendship grows stronger as they face cold and rain and the constant threat of Lord Dunraven’s guards. And now that Alida’s escape has put the fragile peace between Lord Dunraven and the faeries in jeopardy, will her family welcome her?
Unicorns are now free, but other magical folk are still in hiding—except for one faerie, Alida, who is a prisoner in Lord Dunraven’s castle. That is, until she escapes and a fierce struggle begins. Alida fights to free the faeries from the terrible promise they were forced to make to Lord Dunraven—but Lord Dunraven is desperate to continue denying his people the hope they derive from the existence of magical beings.
Remaining steadfast to their quest to bring peace to the One Land, the Druid Baytel and his varied companions are tested against unexpected forces as well as horrific flying goblins dispatched by Baytel’s twin brother, Prince Ravek. Meanwhile, the master Tree Faerie, Yar, is being hunted by these horrific creatures and Baytel’s grandfather, Calidor, pursues the creatures into the uncharted eastern lands where a struggle of might and magic could tear the One Land apart. Dread and treachery stalk Baytel and his allies. A massive army led by a traitor member of the Citadel threatens to ruin Baytel’s courageous efforts. And the land itself trembles anxiously. Yet with the growing realization that Baytel is a descendant of a legendary magical sect of warriors, the fiefdoms and kingdoms of the north unite to follow him through the blistering cold winter months toward his homeland, the castle that now throbs with evil. As Baytel learns to reconcile anxiety with determination, wariness with trust, and impulse with wisdom, he and his companions and allies push tensely toward an all-out battle with the powerful dominating forces assembled by his father and brother.
With shadowy monsters and dark magic, the Kings' Caravan almost killed them all before the quest had even begun! But why? They escaped the treachery and dark magic of the Four Kings of Xenhelm, but not without losses. However, the Fates have smiled upon them all with the stranger—and now their leader—known as Traveler. He is a human who has not only traveled to the fabled kingdom of Atlantea before but lived there. They are now the new Titan's Caravan. They cross beyond the Lands of Man into the Lands Between, and into Faë-Land—or, more precisely, Faë-Land Minor—the lands of fairies, sprites, and giants. Here they must travel and survive to find fae members to add to their caravan. "We cannot make it to Atlantea as a caravan of humans alone," Traveler tells them. But which fae--fairies, sprites, giants, elves, or any one of the many fae races unknown to humans? They had escaped but they still travel In the Shadow of the Kings. Every step they take and every encounter with a new fae town or city could be a new trap. And there are new creatures and hostile fae races as diverse and dangerous as anything the humans can imagine. Many have died along Titan's Trail, but they are undaunted as their caravan grows with both fae and fantastic beasts. Their magical adventure will take them to many magnificent places and horrific battles. But to attain the ultimate treasures of Atlantea, all shall be gladly risked. In the Shadow of the Kings, Book Two of the epic fantasy adventure Fabled Quest Chronicles begins!
ABOUT THE SERIES: Long ago, to win a war, humans Cursed the Aelfae, fairest and wisest of the faeries… But all magic has a price. The same Curse that destroyed the Aelfae now threatens all of Faearth. One young woman and the warrior she loves must fight the Curse to prove which is stronger…love or death. DINDI desperate longs to become a Tavaedi, a magic dancer. But no one in her clan has ever passed the Test at Initiation. To violate the taboo, and dance without permission, is to risk death. The only other way to prove worthy is even more unthinkable: to bargain with the fae. KAVIO is the half-human son of the Last Aelfae, exited from his tribe. Refusing to be a pawn in his tribe’s struggles, his only goal is to find a new, peaceful life. But when he catches Dindi violating a taboo, he must choose between condemning her to death or helping her. Even if it means war. The Unfinished Song series is an epic, romantic fantasy appropriate for an older Young Adult and for a New Adult readership, as well as for readers of any age who love magic, love, adventure and happy endings. PLEASE NOTE… There are three ways you can read The Unfinished Song Series. Why? Some readers like to savor a story a spoonful at a time, dolloped out over weeks or months. Others prefer their sagas served in big, meaty chunks, devoured in one delicious banquet. How do you prefer to read? This is the fourth episode of the second novel, Taboo. If you prefer to read the first novel, you can find Taboo (The Unfinished Song, Book 2) on the online site where you found this episode. You can also find the entire first trilogy sold as three-book set. The complete series will consist of twelve full length novels. The complete series of novels (seven episodes each): Initiate Taboo Sacrifice Root Wing Blood Mask Mirror Maze Sworn Flute Wheel
In simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions, the final book in a four-book chapter book series, a companion to The Unicorn's Secret. The faeries have returned to their beloved meadow near the village of Ash Grove. Winter is coming and they are working hard to prepare for the storms—and to stay hidden. Alida saved the villagers' crops from Lord Dunraven's greed, but now the people of Ash Grove know that the faeries have returned. Will they tell Lord Dunraven’s guards? The faeries live in fear of being discovered and Alida wants desperately to find a way to make her family safer. Then a frightening accident in the woods outside Ash Grove brings even more danger, and an opportunity for Alida to forge a friendship that could change the faeries' lives forever. The risk is terrible—Alida can only follow her heart.
Philippa is excited to spend her vacation with her friend Robyn, but she has no idea just how much excitement awaits. When a magic spell carved on a mysterious circle of rocks transports Philippa to fairy godmother headquarters, she learns that her own mother is in danger. To protect her mom from a serious accident, Philippa must pretend to be a fairy, while Daisy, her fairy godsister, returns to Earth as Philippa! And that’s just the beginning of their adventure. After passing a harrowing test of their loyalty to each other, Philippa and Daisy undergo a fantastic journey to rescue a lost fairy who has devoted her powers to maintaining the portal of the stone circle. With time running out, and the worlds of humans and fairies at risk of being severed, Daisy finds herself facing an extraordinary choice that has the power to change her life forever.
More Folktales as Literary Fictions for Young Adults
Author: Anna E. Altmann
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
A comprehensive compilation of reworkings of classic folk and fairy tales. The nature of folktales and their surrounding cultural contexts are examined; each story is accompanied by tale type numbers, motifs, lists of reworkings by genre, and author interpretation. An excellent resource for the study of tales.