Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Rise of the Deva'shi by Jennifer Allis Provost

Title: Rise of the Deva'shi
Series: Parthalan #3
Author: Jennifer Allis Provost
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

A stolen girl. A legendary champion. A plan that might destroy Parthalan once and for all…

Aeolmar, First Hunter of Parthalan, leads a solitary life. Having long since abandoned his quest to kill Mersgoth—the demon that murdered his family—Aeolmar moves through his days with cold efficiency. Everything changes when he leads a training mission in Brennus, where he’s attacked by Mersgoth himself, and saved by an unlikely heroine.

Latera, first born and heir to Gannera’s throne, is kidnapped and left for dead in Parthalan’s vast forests. A lone human amongst Parthalan’s fae, she makes a home in Brennus, and lives a quiet life—until she finds herself defending a wounded First Hunter from a clutch of demons.

Back in Parthalan, Harek warns Asherah of something called the deva’shi—a warrior loyal only to the demon lord, Asgeloth. Both Aeolmar and Latera suspect that there is more to this deva’shi than what Harek has told them, but before they can learn the truth, Parthalan’s borders are attacked. Will Aeolmar and Latera be able to stop the deva’shi in time, or is it a distraction to hide Harek’s true plans?

The Author:

Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, two birds, three cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopaedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.

Guest Post by Jennifer Allis Provost

The Enduring Allure of the Fae

Whether you call them fairies, faeries, fey, or the fae, there’s no denying that faeries are cool. Early humans told stories to explain the world around them, ranging from lightning being attributed to Zeus’ thunderbolts to Persephone’s time in the underworld as the reason why the season’s changed. Faeries were no exception, and they had all sorts of things attributed to them. Half your face paralyzed? A faerie must have stroked your cheek. Crops aren’t growing? You didn’t make the proper offerings to the fae. And never, ever mess with a faerie hill.

Not only are the fae dangerous, they’re incredibly beautiful. Gancanaghs are faerie men who lure maidens into the woods; afterward, the girls pine for their fairy lovers and waste away. The leanan sidhe, a cousin of the bean sidhe, acts as a sort of psychic vampire for artists. The artist falls in love with the beautiful fae lass, only to have her slowly suck away his talent, and eventually his life.

So, the fae are beautiful, dangerous…and devious, always forcing mere mortals to perform tasks or pass a test. In the classic tale Tam Lin, Janet is seduced by a faerie knight, who later confesses that he’s being held captive by the faerie queen herself. The knight instructed Janet to wait at a crossroads for the faerie host to pass, and that he would be riding alongside the queen. Janet did so, and per his instruction pulled him from his horse and held him fast, while he transformed into things ranging from a snake to a red hot bar of iron. At the last she flung the hot metal into the well, and her lover was set free.

When I created my fantasy world, Parthalan, I made a conscious choice to populate it with faeries. While my faeries aren’t the sort you find in traditional folklore, they are beautiful and deadly. They have a moral code, and don’t hesitate before punishing their foes. And every so often, a human child goes missing in their realm.

Faeries are the perfect mix of danger, beauty and intrigue. Is it any wonder that they captivate us still?

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