Today’s Indie Author Spotlight shines on author J.A Andrews, whose book A Threat Of Shadows was just released in June, 2016. Check out her Guest Post and be sure to enter her Giveaway!
I love fantasy books. I always have, and even though there was a time during college when I thought I might graduate to liking “real” literature, I have since realized that fantasy is real literature, and I love it still.
The truth is, when I think of a story, what I want is a fantasy story. I want elves and dwarves and dragons and unlikely heroes. Or likely heroes. Really, any sort of hero.
It’s the wonder about a new world with new rules and maybe magic or maybe monsters or maybe strange science.
It’s seeing myself in a creature that at first glance seemed nothing like me.
It’s reading about a world where trees are blood red, then walking outside my house to wonder at the fact that ours are startlingly green.
It’s seeing a character’s fear or love or grief and because they’re experiencing it in such a different place, the universal truth of that emotion is so obvious.
It’s also because it’s fun.
So when I wrote my own book, I wanted to capture all of that. It took me ages to write and I’m not positive I really did capture the sense of wonder and truth, but I hope I did, at least a little.
It had to be fun, so there elves and dwarves who annoy each other but have to work together. There’s a bumbling old wizard who says rude things. There’s the same sort of ludicrous things that go on in our lives, but are still funny.
But the core of the story is more serious. My story is about Alaric, a Keeper. Keepers can perform magic, but they are primarily historians and librarians and seekers of knowledge. Alaric’s wife is dying and in spite of his magic and knowledge, he hasn’t been able to save her. This book, the record of his last chance at saving her, is both an adventurous quest and the story of a man wrestling with hope and despair and grief and love.
I learned a word recently for the kind of fantasy I like the most, and the kind of fantasy story I wrote. The term is Noblebright and I am unduly excited about it. It’s an opposition to grimdark fantasy.
Don’t get me wrong, I like a good dark story on occasion, but too much of a world where everyone is cruel and your best hope is a painless death, can get heavy.
CJ Brightly defines the term on her website www.noblebright.org: “Noblebright fantasy is not utopian fiction. The world of a noblebright story is not perfect, and indeed can sometimes be quite dark. Actions have consequences, and even good characters can make terrible mistakes. But a noblebright story is generally hopeful in tone, even if there are plenty of bad, grim, dark things going on in the world.
I was thrilled. That is what my favorite books are like and that is what my book is like. It’s not cheery and bright, but it does have wonder and hope and heroes and fun.
So, that’s what A Threat of Shadows is, a Noblebright fantasy adventure that is both fun and serious. I can’t promise a perfect world or an unequivocally happy ending, but there is happiness woven throughout it and I do hope the ending, and the entire story, is satisfying.
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A better man could find a way to save his wife from the poison slowly killing her.
A better man could see through the glamour to reveal the dark secrets surrounding him.
A better man would have tapped into one of his gifts to see this coming.
Once Alaric was a Keeper, respected and entrusted with protecting the stories of the land, and working magic in its defense.
But in a desperate attempt to save his dying wife, he has done terrible things, betraying his beliefs, and still she is dying.
Now Alaric has found his last at a cure in a magical Wellstone buried ages ago. With a handful of quirky companions, the stone—and the cure—are finally within his grasp.
But rumors grow of a gathering shadow—whispers of the return of a dark lord.
To face him, and have any chance of saving his wife, Alaric needs to be the Keeper he used to be, not the broken man he has become.
Can he put the failures of his past behind him to stand against the approaching threat? Or, in the face of all the growing shadows, will it be the darkness within himself that destroys everything?
A Threat of Shadows is the first book in The Keeper Chronicles, a new classic fantasy series by JA Andrews.
In a land of magic, elves, and the occasional dragon, an engaging adventure unfolds about what it means to reconcile who you are, with who you thought you’d be. A story of sacrifice, friendship, and the weight of our pasts. If you enjoy epic fantasy with a likable cast of characters, you’ll love this entertaining beginning to Andrews’ new series.
About The Author
JA Andrews is a writer, wife, mother, and unemployed rocket scientist. She doesn’t regret the rocket science degree, but finds it generally inapplicable in daily life. Except for the rare occurrence of her being able to definitively state, “That’s not rocket science.” She does, however, love the stars.
She began writing stories and creating coloring books because these sorts of things need an outlet. And now good markers are a deductible business expense.
She spends an inordinate amount of time at home, with her family, who she adores, and lives deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, where she can see more stars than she ever imagined.
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