by Lisa Rector
Book 1: Master of Lies
Mastering the lies is easy if you don’t have to wrestle against your own darkness . . .
Unaware of her immortal heritage, the truth concealed from her, Ahnalyn learns she’s a child of two worlds—a half-emrys with the ability to wield the light and the dark power. Aneirin, a Son of Light, has his own reasons for leaving the immortal dragon realm. Defying the High Council, he risks exile—risks being tainted by the corrupt mortal world Ahnalyn is a part of.
As Aneirin’s life becomes entwined with Ahnalyn’s future, he is certain of one thing: Ahnalyn belongs with the immortal emrys. But doubt and fear shroud Ahnalyn as the painful truths of her past unfold. Succumbing to the darkness lurking inside her is the easy, simple path. But under the dark power, Ahnalyn would be forbidden to enter the immortal realm and would be lost to all those she loves—forever.
“If you like LOTR, The Hobbit, and Eragon, you will like this book. AND it is much less boring—not heavy on the details that drag on and on . . .”
“Love this story! The symbolism, characters who experience the full range of emotions and life experiences, choices of right and wrong, romance and adventure, and of course, dragons!!!”
“The world is beautifully crafted. The characters have layers of depth. Emotions are well conveyed. It is clear Ms. Rector has carefully studied her craft to bring forth a highly polished, can’t wait-to-read-this-cover-to-cover-in-one-sitting book.”
Book 2: The Two Masters
Choose the light or choose the darkness, but you cannot have both.
As Einion’s coronation approaches, the doubts about his worthiness overshadow him. He is a half-emrys, a child with both light and dark energy inside. As the despairs over his heart increase his uncertainty, Einion is thrust on a path where he must face his worst fears to save the one he truly loves.
Rhianu is a ruthless Dark Emrys and ruler of Morvith, a land she has subdued and conquered by the grace of her evil master. When a mission goes horribly awry, Rhianu stumbles into Einion’s life only to be challenged by her versions of good and evil. Her heart is torn between power and love, between the past and the future. Betrayal is something Rhianu is familiar with, and knowing its repercussions, she must follow through with her master’s plan no matter what the consequences or what her heart tells her.
“Entertaining AND thought-provoking–a real treasure in a world of ‘fluff’ novels.”
“High emotions with playful comic relief from the dragons. Have already read the story twice!”
“Rector’s second volume in the Half-Emrys series is even more powerful than the first.”
CIR: What did you learn about your characters while writing this book?
RECTOR: When I started writing this novel, I had no idea how my characters would evolve. Ahnalyn was this damaged, lonely mess. She grew into a woman who was determined to never fail, even if she couldn’t sort through the lies thrown at her. Aneirin wasn’t quite sure of his motivations. He only knew he let someone down in the past, and he had to make up for it. He was young. He didn’t know that setting out on the journey he did would provoke such a ripple effect. I’m proud of the man he becomes in the end.
CIR: Did this require any research, and what kind?
RECTOR: I love Welch names. I wanted my characters’ names to mean something, so I spent many hours researching names and their meanings. There is a pronunciation and meaning guide in the back of all my novels.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
RECTOR: The climax. I had to wrap all the characters motivations and plotlines into one pleasing conclusion. I was stumped for a few days, but the epic battle scene finally revealed itself to me. That’s what I love, how your book shows you the end.
CIR: What message do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
RECTOR: I really hope my readers will be able to understand the light inside of them. That though they might be in darkness or struggle through the darkness, there is always light. They just have to open the door.
CIR: Is there any content that some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the book?
RECTOR: I would rate The Two Masters, book 2 in my series, for ages 14+. Contains half a page of mild torture and an off page sexual encounter.