Alistair and Aria, Part 5

“So you step like this,” Aria said, tapping her left foot against the ground, “and then spin once. Raise your right hand so your partner can meet it when you come back together.” Natalia, a slight, pretty girl just a year older than Aria, imitated the final move of the dance as gracefully as she…

Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Chapter 5

Previously on Elantris: We learned so many things and Matt mused about zombie sex. Also, Galladon can access the ancient magic of Elantris, so OF COURSE that was the end of the chapter. This week, Sarene and Hrathen cross paths. YEEEEEEESSS. Chapter 5: The gyorn strode into the king’s throne room with the arrogance characteristic…

Alistair and Aria, Part 4

“How did we develop this kind of repertoire?” Alistair laughed. “The night before your seventeenth birthday, and that’s what you have to ask me?” “You said in exchange for a physical present this year that you would tell me the truth about something. I’ve thought about it for a week. I want to know how…

Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Chapter 4

Previously on Elantris: Rebecca revealed some psychological issues via her weird crush on Hrathen, the religious extremist from Fjorden. This week, we’re back to Raoden. He’s having a rough time. Chapter 4: The Elantrian Sarene saw being escorted to the city is currently clawing at the gate, crying. Across the courtyard, Galladon and Raoden wait…

Shower Thoughts

I think one major flaw (among many) in my first book is the failure of Alistair to reveal where he sent Aria when he stole her throne. Once he realized the support Aria was drumming up, what was stopping him from nipping it in the bud by revealing her infertility? Certainly Aria could have created…

Alistair and Aria, Part 3

“We didn’t grow up together,” Aria explained as she practiced her swordsmanship with Valtteri, eldest son of the prince of the Southern Arm. “I only saw him a few times when I was a child, but he was always kind to me. The day my parents died, he asked if I trusted him, and I…

Fantasy Friday: Elantris, Chapter 3

Previously on Elantris: Sarene was engaged to Raoden, but now they’re married because he died. Yeah, their religion is weird. She’s living in Arelon now and is very suspicious of the circumstances surrounding Raoden’s death. Oh my god, you guys. We get to meet my favorite character today. Motherfuckin’ HRATHEN! Chapter 3: Hrathen joins us…

Alistair and Aria, Part 2

Buried in a disused study somewhere in Suvid, a scroll existed in broken, childish handwriting granting Alistair the authority to act as regent to Queen Aria of House Kolenikova until she turned eighteen. He didn’t like to think of that day—the morning he’d killed her parents in self defense, though with a lingering feeling of…

Fantasy Friday: Back Next Week!

Matt and I are taking this week off from recapping Elantris, mostly because I got too caught up with all my creative writing. But also, it’s the holidays, so take your pick on excuses. Chapter 3 is a blast, so be sure to check in with us next Friday! Happy New Year!

The Mage King: Free Today!

Book 2 of The Ice Queen Trilogy is free today! Want to know what Casimir is like when he loses control of his magic? Or how the world looks when the west comes into play? You can find it on Amazon HERE. Merry Christmas!

The Shadow Throne: Free Today!

Mages. Fire priests. A continent at war. Book 3 of The Ice Queen Trilogy is free for Christmas! And it is easily the book I am most proud of. Check it out HERE, or in the “Novels” tab. Happy reading, and Merry Christmas!

Alistair and Aria, Part 1

Aria dreamed of that day often—the fateful day she became queen at eight years old—though she always blocked a few details out. She never saw her parent’s bodies again, nor did she see the blood or remember the fright. Often she would just skip over it, as if her subconscious mind recognized that she was…