by Nick Alimonos Series: Books of AenyaAction & AdventureScience FictionFantasy
“THE PRINCESS OF AENYA draws from fantasy and science fiction to create rich characters, impressive world building, and a multifaceted story, with elements both familiar and refreshingly unique to the avid fantasy reader. Judged by top industry professionals–not as merely a great indie book–but as a great book, period.”—IndieReader
“A heroine’s trials make for a winding, bloody adventure with plenty of surprises.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS
Once, not long ago, there lived a king in the land of Tyrnael, who had but one daughter. This daughter he loved with his whole heart, but upon her eleventh year she fell ill, her cheeks paling like the petals of a dying ilm. Never leaving her bedside, the king called for every physician in his kingdom, but all were at a loss, for her ailment was unlike any they had seen. With enduring hope, the king sent emissaries to lands near and abroad, and learned men did arrive from as far south as the One Sea and from as far east as Shemselinihar, yet all were utterly mystified by her sickness. Beset by grief and desperation, the king offered all that he had, his very kingdom in recompense, to save his little girl from doom.
And it so happened, that upon this decree, a wizened sage appeared at the gates of the Compass Tower. Examining the girl with care, he declared with confidence that he could make the girl whole again, brewing an elixir so that she might drink of it and become well. And shortly thereafter, the rosy hue returned to the little girl’s cheeks. Overjoyed, the king asked what the stranger wished from him in return, reminding him of his vow.
“So long as you know,” the sage said to him, “I can stay the hand of the Taker, but only for a time. At the close of three days, before the moon eclipses on the third night, if she does not drink of my elixir, Death shall surely claim her.”
Hearing this dreadful prophecy, the king turned ashen, but the sage comforted him, saying, “Be not dismayed, for it is not beyond my power to procure this remedy, enough to keep your daughter in good stead for her remaining days. Yet it is not without its price.”
The king readily agreed, preparing to surrender his great wealth, his kingdom if need be, but the sage asked for one small thing, and one thing only, in return for his ministrations, that the king take as his own a young boy to be adopted. The sage’s own son.
Since she was a child, Radia has known the pain of every living thing as intimately as her own. Now that power may cost her her life.
When her step-brother seizes the throne of fabled Tyrnael, Radia is forced to flee from her only home. Betrayed by those most trusted to protect her, she finds unexpected loyalty in Demacharon, a war-torn soldier from a distant land. As Radia and Demacharon venture beyond the Crown of Aenya Mountains to the outside world, she is torn by a longing to return, acutely aware of the fear gripping her people, and of her sadistic step-brother’s cruel machinations.
The Princess of Aenya is a tale of betrayal, adventure, love, and the power of faith. Believe in Radia. Read the Princess of Aenya today!
BIOGRAPHY From age six, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. When I turned nine, I dragged my father to DC Comics headquarters in New York City, to promote my superhero, the Red Panther. At fourteen, I was querying publishers for my Greek demigod anthology series, and I finished my first full length novel, The Nomad, in high school. I earned my BA in English from the University of South Florida, where I helped as a tutor, and ran a fan-fiction site featuring works by a plethora of aspiring writers. My fiction has earned me a small but loyal fanbase, and a number of accolades, including runner-up for the prestigious Mary Wollstonecraft Award for my short story, The Gorgon's Lover. In 2004, I released The Dark Age of Enya, a precursor to the Aenya series.
The world of Aenya, its heroes and its history, has occupied my brain for over fifteen years, and continues to be an ongoing passion. The first in the series, Ages of Aenya, was released in 2017. It is succeeded by The Princess of Aenya, and the upcoming, The Children of Aenya.
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