by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
Book 1: King’s Warrior
When Dark Warriors invade her country, it is up to Princess Kamarie to seek out the legendary king’s warrior and request his aid. The feisty princess has spent her life dreaming of adventure and is thrilled to be tasked with such a quest. There’s only one thing that can dampen her excitement: Oraeyn. The squire views his task of protecting the princess on her journey as an inglorious assignment and makes no attempt to hide his disappointment.
The adventure merely begins, however, when they meet Brant: a warrior with a mysterious past. He joins their cause readily, his heart smoldering with a vendetta Kamarie cannot completely understand and is not sure she trusts. But whether she trusts him or not, the hope of their world rests on the steel he wears at his side…
“This book has easily made my Top Ten List. I would absolutely recommend it! I can’t wait for the next one!”
“I love a book that you can read over a period of at least a week during lunch breaks. This author enriches my life and makes working for the man a bit more bearable. OK, a lot more bearable. Now, if I could only figure out how to get into one of these adventures…”
“I loved how the story is told. You read about the different characters and the different stories one at the time. And little by little everything starts to fall in their place to create a whole magical place where everything can happen.”
Prequel: Second Son
In an attempt to manipulate the future, a family and a nation are forced to decide between two brothers. Guided by a prophecy spoken hundreds of years before, the King and Queen of Llycaelon have set their course. Their goal: to fulfill the prophecy and save their nation from a dire fate.
Rhoyan has always understood and accepted his own role as second born and perpetual prince. He looks forward to the day when he will be a warrior in his older brother’s guard. When Rhoyan is sent on a quest filled with unimaginable danger, nobody anticipates the greater repercussions.
“Jenelle Leanne Schmidt knows how to interweave varying story-lines and the lives of different characters into a compelling and satisfying adventure.”
“Tellurae Aquaous has joined the ranks of Narnia and Middle Earth in my opinion. I love the adventure. Honestly, I love everything about this book!”
Book 3: Yorien’s Hand
The years of Oraeyn’s short rule have been peaceful, but now ominous nightmares plague his sleep and cling to him during his waking hours. When two of his most trusted advisors disappear without a trace and not even the power of dragons can locate them, the fell promise of the king’s nightmares becomes reality.
From the furthest reaches of the world, an ancient enemy stirs. Stretching beyond his crumbling prison walls, this foe seeks to bring life to the darkest of shadows. His army marches towards Aom-igh with deadly intent, threatening all Oraeyn holds dear.
Aided by dragons, and with the warrior Brant and Princess Kamarie at his side, Oraeyn must journey into the wilds of a forgotten realm. Trusting in the wisdom and skill of the enigmatic minstrel, Kiernan Kane, the companions race against time in search of Yorien’s Hand, a relic that may hold the power to save them all.
“I really love Jenelle’s story telling style. It reminds me a little of Tolkien and just fits fantasy perfectly. I always get pulled into her stories and I like to wander around her worlds visiting Dragons, going on quests. Her descriptions are enchanting. I always feel as if I am in her world, drawn in as if I’ve always lived there. She can bring scenes to life with vivid strokes. Her books are not only exciting but also pretty to read.”
“It’s been a long time since I’ve read a true High Fantasy novel, and I had no idea I missed the genre so much until reading this excellent specimen. It was coming home!”
“I really like Jenelle’s magical creatures and world-building. There’s a certain richness to it that lends a fantastic quality to these stories. I really enjoyed Yorien’s Hand and am looking forward to more books in the series.”
CIR: What inspired this series?
SCHMIDT: During the first summer I was home from college, my dad gave me the best piece of writing advice I’ve ever gotten. He said, “If you want to be a writer, you need to be writing.” Then he challenged me to write an adventure tale for him to read out loud to the family, and told me he’d give me $1,000 if I finished the story by the end of the summer.
CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this series?
SCHMIDT: I think having the instant feedback was one of the most exciting and terrifying and wonderful things about writing this series. To have my words read out loud, even just for my family, each day as soon as I’d finished writing them was both exciting and fun, and nerve-wracking. The whole experience was so much fun, and proved to me that I could write on a deadline and finish a project as massive as a whole book.
CIR: One of your reviewers compared the world you created to Narnia or Middle Earth. What would you compare this book to?
SCHMIDT: I know that my favorite authors (J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, Patricia C. Wrede, Lloyd Alexander, Albert Payson Terhune, Gwen Walker, and Madeleine L’Engle to name a few) definitely influenced my story and my style. I’ve heard a lot of people refer to it as “Tolkien-Lite” and I think that works pretty well. It’s not written in the more archaic style of Tolkien, but the adventure and the characters are very reminiscent of a Lord of the Rings-style quest.
CIR: Is there more coming?
SCHMIDT: Yes! The fourth book will follow closely. It is written, but just need a bit more editing and some cover art!