(Health-NewsWire.Net, March 30, 2015 ) Spokane, Washington -- Inspired by Arthurian and Celtic mythology, The Harmatia Cycle, of which the Sons of Thestian is the first book, recounts the tale of a family's battle to claim their rightful place on the throne, in an epic story of magic, love and loss. The novel was published on March 13 and is available from Amazon and other major book sellers.
About the Book
Prince Jionathan of the Delphi is plagued by visions of death. With the King on his death-bed, and the tyrannical Queen in power, the Kingdom of Harmatia lies in peril. Fleeing the city in fear of his life, Jionathan is shadowed by Rufus Merle, a young, secretive Magi tasked with bringing him home. Now, with the help of a fearsome sidhe warrior named Fae, they must traverse a dangerous faerie-wood together in order to reach the sanctity of Bethean, the neighbouring kingdom. Against bandits, faeries and cursed priestesses, these unlikely friends travel a path fraught with danger, not least from the Queen's agents; the blood thirsty Night Patrol who will stop at nothing to capture Jionathan.
Beneath the Queen's vindictiveness and the Kingdom's unrest however, a more complex conspiracy is brewing. As the gods themselves begin to intervene, Rufus, Jionathan and Fae are unwittingly thrust into the midst of an ancient war that will spill across the kingdoms of Mag Mell and change the world of men and faerie forever.
Set in an alternative renaissance era, the book combines Celtic lore and original story to create a new and engaging world. The characters are well rounded and diverse, with engaging protagonists and complex antagonists. The book contains strong LGBT representation, deals with mental illness and health issues including depression and anxiety, and is relatable to readers of all ages and backgrounds. A varied tale that swings between laugh-out-loud humour and gut-wrenching tragedy, The Sons of Thestian is an imaginative hybrid of our most beloved childhood stories, retold for a modern audience.
Man-eating faeries, magical battles, bold heroics, ancient gods and death-defying stunts - this is a book unlikely to be forgotten.
About the Author
M.E. Vaughan was born in England and has, in her life-time lived in a myriad of different countries across Europe, the Middle & the Far East. During her travels she discovered a passion for story telling which went on to encourage her to overcome problems with dyslexia and pursue her dream of writing.
Between 2011 and 2014 she undertook a Creative Writing degree at the University of Winchester, and graduated with a 1:1. During this time, her short story The Seas Own was published in an anthology by Zharmae Publishing Press, who went on to pick up her trilogy The Harmatia Cycle.
When Madeleine isn't writing, she enjoys composing music, drawing, and practising Washinkai Karate, for which she is a 1st Dan.
She currently commutes between Winchester where she is undertaking a PhD, and her family home in Horsham, located in the centre of a 'Dragon' forest.
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