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Shadows Under the Shade
Elysia Dayne: Book Two

December 6, 2022

Elysia Dayne returns in Shadows Under the Shade, a continuation of the multiple award-winning literary epic fantasy, Under an Azure Sky.

If you love somebody enough, you will do anything to claw your way back to them…

After a traumatic duel to the death against a malevolent sword master, Elysia is left desperately clinging to life. Isabella, the princess that she was tasked to rescue, nurses her back to health in the wilderness, many miles from the safety of civilisation. With their supplies depleted, they finally reach Middlestone, resting for only a moment before beginning the final leg of their journey to the Royal Palace in Astoria.

Elysia and Isabella’s bond deepens as the expedition continues, fraught with undiscovered peril. Embroiled in danger, can Elysia save the love of her life from the shadows under the shade?

Back in time, adolescent Elysia has to adjust to life in the Grey-Lands. Struggling with sword skills at the military academy, she happens upon a Niemirian prisoner, who instructs her in the art of the butterfly blades. Soon, she becomes a force to be reckoned with… but will it be enough to combat prejudice and inequality, all the while learning the price of friendship, and making sense of her sexual awakening?

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Under an Azure Sky

November 30, 2021

A multiple award-winning* literary epic fantasy novel.

Elysia Dayne: Hero. Mercenary. Dragon slayer. At least that's how the bards tell it. But that wasn't always the case. There was a time when she thought that dragons were beautiful.

When she was a child, she believed that she was friends with a dragon. Except, the dragon knew of no such friendship. Soldiers arrived to slay the creature so that a feudal lord could make his name amongst the Nine Kingdoms. It ended in abject failure. They were left to soak in a bloodbath of their own making. In a rage, the dragon destroyed the place that she called home, and killed the people that she called family, also dismantling a thing called love. Reborn under a mound of ashen corpses, her empty shell vowed vengeance, forging a fiery path of retribution that could not be undone.

Not by her own design, she becomes a slayer of dragons. Curiously, dragon slaying isn’t her next job. A princess is being held for ransom at a goblin fort. Wearing the stolen armour of a goblin knight, she attempts to rescue the princess to claim her bounty. Her plans are somewhat botched by the uncooperative royal, and the two of them end up wandering through the wilderness towards civilisation. What they don't realise is they are being tracked by Niemirian raiders who are intent on killing them both.

An epic tale interwoven between the tragedies of Elysia's past and the precarious nature of her present, all the time exploring the nature of the human condition.

*Reader Views Literary Awards 2021-22 Winner
Global eBook Awards 2022 Winner
Global Book Awards 2022 Winner
Literary Titan Gold Award Winner
SPR (Self-Publishing Review) Awards 2022 Finalist
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2022 Finalist
16th National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) Awards 2022 Finalist
American Fiction Awards 2022 Finalist
International Book Awards 2022 Finalist
Indies Today Awards 2021 Semi-Finalist

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The Audiobook is available at all good digital bookstores.


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