Today is release day for a fantasy novel I’m pretty excited about. Not only because K.L. Schwengel is a friend of mine, co-blogger at There and Draft Again, and one of the most awesomesauce people in the blogosphere, but because her writing is incredible. Seriously. Her debut novel, First of Her Kind, reads like some of the best high fantasy out there, and although I haven’t had a chance to finish it yet and write a full review (coming soon!), I think the many five stars on Amazon should give you an idea:
“The author’s use of language is enough to make me want to put my metaphoric pen down. The prose has a poetic nature to it, a cadence, without seeming pretentious at all. The voice is clear and the descriptions are not only solid, but vivid and detailed without weighing down the story.” -Mara
“It had me on the edge of my seat, my stomach and heart twisted into knots by the end. It may have been a little extreme to highlight the whole thing. I can’t wait to read the next book.”
“K. L. Schwengel has a very clear, crisp writing style. Her characters are very intriguing. She seems to excel at writing villains you are loathe to hate. Her character Donovan is dark, conspiring, and nothing short of evil, yet as the reader I found myself almost as drawn to him as Schwengel’s ‘all around good-boy’ hero Bolin, who has an edge of darkness and danger in him as well. I had to chuckle when I compared Schwengel’s heroine to many other ‘damsel in distress’ types I’ve read. Ciara’s reactions to danger and terror are so much more believable to me than what I often find in contemporary literature. She isn’t a kick-your-butt superwoman in Spandex, but she’s far from the weepy, fainting weak-willed wallflower that so many heroes end up needing to save.” – Alana
Right? With that ado in mind, I present the second book in the series…*drumroll*…
Book Two of The Darkness and Light Series
The battle for Ciara’s power has drawn the full attention of the Emperor and the Imperial Mages, forcing Bolin to put duty above safety and take her to Nisair. It won’t be an easy trip, even with an Imperial escort and a Galysian elder accompanying them. Especially since Donovan has found himself some new allies, one of who wields a dark magic that has literally gotten under Bolin’s skin.
For Ciara, coming to terms with the increasingly tangible manifestation of her power could destroy her. Even if they make it to Nisair–something that grows more unlikely by the day–there is no surety of safety for Ciara, or any of them. Not with Donovan willing to gamble everything to achieve his goals, or Bolin’s uncharacteristically reckless behavior, the result of which is the attention of something that has everyone worried.
Loyalties will be tested, lives will be lost, and no one will emerge unchanged as they find things are not always so clear on the line dividing Darkness and Light.
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About the Author:
K. L. Schwengel lives in southeast Wisconsin on a small farm with her husband, a handful of Australian Shepherds, Her Royal Highness Princess Fiona the Cat, and assorted livestock. Growing up as the youngest of nine children, and the daughter of a librarian, Kathi spent many hours between stacks of books, and secluded away in dusty archives, drawn to tales of medieval heroes and conquering knights. With so many characters and ideas spinning in her head, she had to get them onto paper or risk what little sanity she possessed. She has been penning wild tales of magic and mayhem as long as she can remember, but opted to follow her artistic muse first. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and spending many years working as a freelance artist, grocery clerk, art teacher, graphic designer, stable hand, advertising account coordinator, dog trainer, and process technician (among other things) she answered the call of her writing muse. When not writing, Kathi trains and trials working Australian Shepherds, still paints, dabbles in photography, graphic design, and anything else creative her assorted muses send her way.
Kathi’s work is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and other on-line retailers in both paperback and e-book versions. Signed copies are available via her blog.