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Praise is Piling Up for the “Essence of Ohr” Series

We felt pretty strongly after the release of Warden’s Reign by Parris Sheets that we might have a real winner on our hands. Well, with the release of Children of the Volcano, the second book in the “Essence of Ohr” series, we know it without doubt. The praise and recognition for this series is simply amazing. Let’s take a look at just a few of the remarkable reviews. (By the way, if you click on the cover, you’ll go to that book’s page here at EP, where you will find many easy purchase links.)

 

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Winter 2020 – Best Young Adult Fantasy
WINNER: Readers’ Favorite Book Awards 2020 – Bronze Medal – Young Adult Fiction-Epic Fantasy

“The world-building is intricate, strange but compelling, drawing fantasy elements into its own cohesive and engaging lore. Secrets of the past become the key to the tyranny of the enemies. The moving trees, or the ramblers, and the gods of the realm known as the Souls add a mythical and fantastical charm to the story. The plot is well-developed, full of dark thrills, adrenaline-pumping moments, and heavy emotions of the characters who have been through so much but courageously strive to survive and win. Kole doesn’t remember his family or his past, giving the young protagonist a fascinating sense of mystery. A flawed, sometimes impatient but determined fighter, it’s easy to empathize with Kole as his guilt is a great burden to him. The antagonist, the Kayetan called Idris, is a frightening and manipulating creature. His dialogue alone is enough to project his malicious nature and the dark desire of his masters. With twists, loss, revenge, and a quest for peace and freedom, Warden’s Reign hits all the right notes not just for YA readers but older fantasy fans as well.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Lit Amri (5 STARS)

“Parris Sheets’ YA epic fantasy, Warden’s Reign, kicks off the ‘Essence of Ohr’ series by drawing readers into a richly imagined world of walking trees, imprisoned gods, and the corruption of dark magic. Kole has a complicated relationship with his mentor, Russé, and camp leader, Goren, which is further aggravated by the discovery that they’ve been keeping secrets from him. These frictions add intrigue while Kole’s proud determination to prove himself introduces an element of excitement as the kayetan stalks the refugees through Solpate Forest. A layered world mythology folds into the gripping plot, and disaster forces the refugees to make a decision that will decide their future. Unique, imaginative, and well-crafted world-building and a plot rife with danger and startling discoveries make for addictive reading.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Caitlin Lyle Farley (5 STARS)

Warden’s Reign is an exciting beginning to what promises to be an action-packed fantasy series. I was reminded a little of The Lord of the Rings story with the forces of good trying to hold back the forces of evil, even though the good guys seem to be greatly outmatched. It’s also set in a world that reminded me of Middle-Earth. There are no hobbits or elves in Parris Sheets’s story, but there are peace-loving humans with vast cultural differences joining together to do battle. On the other side is an evil human playing with the powers of the gods and using them for destructive purposes. Despite my comparison to LOTR, Warden’s Reign is actually very original and extremely imaginative. My favorite element of the story was the giant walking trees called Ramblers. Fans of fast-paced fantasy adventures will enjoy reading Warden’s Reign and the rest of the ‘Essence of Ohr’ series.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Scott Cahan (5 STARS)

 
 

WINNER: (Submitted and pending, but we are rightly confident!)

“When people complain about sequels (whether it be in response to movies or books), those complaints are usually correct. But… stop the presses! Children of the Volcano is one of the very few that deserves absolute praise and not a hint of complaint. Yes, we are talking about a writer who has put together a tremendously well-written, action-packed sequel. (Go figure, right?)
…..“As a reader, it’s quite easy to say that the author writes with a passion that is equal to the creator of Potter and other YA series’ that inflame the imagination. It’s no surprise why Parris Sheets has won awards for this series already, and there’s no doubt she will win many more. Her ability to write about things like restoring life to a cursed, embattled horse to the journeys and emotions of vivid characters like Felix, Aterus, Vienna, and so many more, is phenomenal. You not only can ‘feel’ every step that’s taken in this book, you can visualize every moment. Throughout the entirety of the two books written thus far, you feel like you’re watching them play out on the big screen. All that’s left to say is, hopefully, the ‘big screen’ is where the ‘Essence of Ohr’ series ends up. (Are you hearing me, Hollywood?)
…..“It has been stated that Book 3 of this series, Beyond the Flame, will be released in 2022. That’s the good news. Bad news is having to wait until then to once again dive into a YA masterpiece that provides over-the-top, fantastical characters, plots and scenes from beginning to end.” ~ Feathered Quill Book Reviews, Amy Lignor (BRAVO!)

This novel is well-plotted and written in clear and beautiful prose. It is crisp and very descriptive, with images of a world that seems to abide by its unique magical rules and that features all kinds of creatures, including the gods, sorcerers, and beasts. Parris Sheets writes a plot that is labyrinthine and twisty, with surprises stacked along the rollicking adventure. The complexity in character development is one of the traits that kept my eyes focused on the pages. The dialogues are well-crafted and they constitute a powerful ingredient that moves the plot forward. Children of the Volcano is filled with mystery and a beguilingly rich magic system, a dark allure that keeps the narrative tense, and a masterly example of the elements of epic fantasy. ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Jose Cornelio (5 STARS)

I love a good, fast-paced, action-driven plot. Parris Sheets starts Children of the Volcano with a bang, creates action from the first chapter, and hooks for more. The companionship and the partnership between Russé and Kole is the driving force of the story. The two of them work together; they support each other and respect each other. Kole looks up to Russé as a god and mentor, while Russé is exceptionally proud of Kole’s leadership and intelligence. The actual plot is brilliant. The chase to release gods, find them, unite them and save the world is a trope that we have read quite often, but not like this. There is a cinematic quality to the narrative and the way this story is written. It is perfect and incredibly entertaining. I cannot wait to read the next novel in the series. ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Rabia Tanveer (5 STARS)

Coming-of-age in fantasyland can’t be executed any better. This story is well-imagined, cleverly plotted, and written to perfection. I was pulled in by the descriptive opening and from the moment I opened the book, I knew that this author has a unique gift for strong imagery and I was not wrong. Parris Sheets creates strong images in the reader’s mind, from the detailed elements of the setting to well-crafted scenes that are packed with action and enriched by exciting dialogues. The characters are well-developed and fully drawn, and readers will want to follow them through every one of their adventures and predicaments — Leo and his pet, Piper, Felix, Mikal, and others. Children of the Volcano is brimming with action and it is a tale with conflict that is deftly handled. It was hypnotic for me. ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Ruffina Oserio (5 STARS)

 
 

And are we excited about the release of Book 3 in the spring of 2022? Yeah… that is a rhetorical question, of course. 🙂 Here’s what you can look forward to:

When old scars open—wounds that never truly healed—can Kole find the courage to stand against the deepest fear he’s ever known?

In Kole’s quest to reunite all six gods, he’s led to a distant city where magic and technology have merged and proven as a combatant against the spread of the Black Wall. Yet the god he seeks lies beyond the border of the black wall of fire encroaching on the continent.

Kole plans to use this new-found technology to aid in his search, but when equipment begins to mysteriously malfunction, he suspects foul play. He must uncover and eliminate the perpetrator if he hopes to save Ohr, but a part of him wants it broken, or he’ll have to face the very entity which left him maimed.

 

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And if we may, let us not just sing the praises of author Parris Sheets, but also of cover illustrator Sam Keiser, whose talent is on display in these remarkable covers. And of course, let us not leave out of the discussion the work of editor Darren Todd, who has helped Parris hone these stories to a fine sheen. This has truly been a team effort, and the end result is a great, great YA Fantasy series for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

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For as long as we can remember, we have been either plagued or blessed with dreams of the vast universe we call Euphoria. The fascination and devotion we share for these dreams, and all the people inside them, has driven our artistic visions for decades.

We have studied photography, linguistics, graphic art, video editing, traditional art, and literature, all with the intent of sharing this massive story and vision. Though many obstacles may lie ahead, we look forward to embarking on this journey with whomever may find a vested interest in our work.

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Watch for the vast, epic series Grims’ Truth to continue in the fall of 2021, with the release of Book 6 (the last book in the second arc), Soul of A Doll. Then, watch for Book 7 (the first book in the third arc), Lightfoot, to release in the spring of 2022.

Everything that has happened, is happening, will happen again.
 

Soul of a Doll

The young Doll rescued from Hunter City must start a new life. She ventures into the kingdom of Tir Na Nog, and aims for her goal to become a Guardian. Her world is flipped on end when she makes a home and receives a name from her caretaker. It’s much harder to fight when feelings are involved.

Her training takes her across Tir Na Nog, from the Capital, to the Outlands, to the deep plains and beyond. As she grows, she sees her world in a new light and finds where her soul truly lies, but questions if it’s enough to save the Empire.
 
 

Lightfoot

Details coming soon….
 
 
 
 
 
 

Great Stories, Dynamic Worlds, Compelling Characters: The Making of the Amüli Chronicles

Kira McFaddenIn this interview, author Kira A. McFadden discusses some of what went into her creation of the epic fantasy–and we mean EPIC–The Amüli Chronicles, including the Frendyl Krune series for middle-grade readers, and the Soulbound series for older readers

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Interview with the Author:

What book of yours should we read first? If you have multiple books or series, in what order should they be read?
I’m currently creating a reader’s guide that will be released soon, explaining the multiple ways in which to read The Amüli Chronicles. The reader’s guide will be free and available through Evolved Publishing in a few months, and will list current and upcoming projects.
 
If you enjoy all sorts of fantasy, I suggest reading the Frendyl Krune series first, starting with Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun, and ending with the Frendyl Krune Origins short stories.
 
Should you happen to primarily enjoy epic fantasy for readers over 16, I suggest reading The Soulbound Curse first, Parts 1-3, followed by Soulbound Origins: The Crow Prince. The sequel to those books, The Soulless King, will also be released in 3 eBooks and a single print omnibus. This should be read after Soulbound Origins: The Crow Prince.
 
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Where does your story begin?
As with many epic fantasies, the beginning is dependent on whose story you’re following. In Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun, Frendyl and his cousin return from a flight around the city, only to find that someone has broken into their family’s estate through the Catacombs, the most notorious prison in the Amüli Kingdom. The prison is impenetrable, the only entrance through a passage deep within the Krune estate, so someone getting in from the outside makes Frendyl’s down stand straight on end.
 
In The Soulbound Curse, a necromancer named Eti flees sunlight to reach the amüli capital city to find a savior for the ekra people.
 
The cast of The Amüli Chronicles is sprawling and the overall story arc spans many thousands of years.
 
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Who are your main characters? What do they want? What will get in their way?
This would be an impossible question if I listed all of the main characters in all of the series I have planned under The Amüli Chronicles, so I’ll stick to who the main characters are in my current published works.
 
The Frendyl Krune Series
 
Frendyl Krune is a lad of twelve who wants nothing more than to be a knight, yet when an ancient relic known as the Blood of the Sun binds to his heart, he is forced to learn what it truly means to be righteous.
 
Fourteen-year-old Navyni Yassla is the heir to the lordship of the city Madirakov, yet his cousin has overthrown his father and now controls the city. For Navyni to right his cousin’s wrongs, he must learn how to become a strong and honorable fighter, yet death’s whispers follow him at every turn.
 
Kellyn Wynbre is eight, and has already been betrothed twice. Her first arranged marriage ended in disaster when she picked her nose at her future in-laws’ estate and wiped it on her suitor. The second time she was arranged to marry, Kel ran away with her favorite cousin, Frendyl, and didn’t tell her suitor’s family where she went. Despite her rash decisions, she knows in her heart she doesn’t want to marry until the choice is right for her and her alone. And until then, Kel is determined to become one of the most powerful casters Inrugia has ever seen.
 
The Soulbound Arc
 
Clae Vojtech needs to go to Earth to meet his Soulbound human so that his soul doesn’t break away from the host, killing him. Just before he’s set to leave, the leaders of the Amüli Republic revoke his right to travel, and in terror for his life, Clae flees to Earth without consent.
 
Eti is an ekrim necromancer in search of the Avi, an ekrim who is fabled to have the ability to link with the sliver of a deity’s soul and bring peace to Inrugia. The ekrim’s quest is sidetracked when Eti follows Clae to Earth and is forced to help Clae survive in order to return home.
 
Master of Trade Marik Aneys is about to become a father, and his life seems to be well on-track, yet when his daughter is born Unsouled and joins the ranks of thousands of stillborn infants, he seeks to find out why. The answer lies with his cousin, Clae, and other half human amüli.
 
Where does your setting fit with what we know, and where is it unique?
Part of the setting for The Soulbound Curse is on Earth. While Clae searches for his Soulbound human, he wanders the Thai countryside, witnessing key differences between human cultures and those of the amüli. The rest of the Soulbound arc and all of the Frendyl Krune series take place on Inrugia, which at first sight, seems almost familiar with enormous pine trees and vast mountain ranges, yet as the characters travel farther from their home cities, Inrugia proves how brutal she truly is.
 
What books, movies, etc, might this story be similar to, and in what ways is it unique?
I’ve had a few people comment that my work reminds them a tad of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire because of its heavy political content and dark subject matter. Other than that, I’d say it probably closely resembles some of Brandon Sanderson’s works, yet rather than allowing my characters to die, they instead face Soullessness, which is a sort of comatose limbo.
 
Are more stories planned in this series?
Oh my, yes. Later this year, the fourth book in the Frendyl Krune series and the second of the Soulbound arc will both be released. I have six total books planned for the Frendyl Krune series, along with five accompanying short stories, and eight massive epic fantasies in the Soulbound arc, plus seven short stories. Beyond that, I’ve outlined and (tentatively) titled nearly 70 books in The Amüli Chronicles.
 
Our thanks to Kira A. McFadden for spending a little time with us, and we hope you enjoy her wonderful, far-reaching fantasy series.

And if you love The Amüli Chronicles, you’ll also love:

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ENJOY!

Evolved Publishing Releases 4 New Books – April 25, 2016

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4 Great New Books
from 4 Talented Authors

We are excited to offer 4 new books from 4 different authors. In this book launch, we have 2 books for kids 3-8 and 2 books for adults. And so… we truly have a little something for every age group.

PLEASE ENJOY!

LOWER GRADE – For READERS 6-11 Years Old

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Coming Soon To: Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble.
 
The Balderdash Saga – Special Edition by J.W. Zulauf, Illustrations by Luke Spooner
 
This SPECIAL EDITION features all 3 of the short stories released in the LOWER GRADE FAIRYTALE series THE BALDERDASH SAGA SHORTS. It also features an exclusive 4th short story, available only in this special edition. Finally, it includes 12 exclusive illustrations.
 
[Ideal for kids as young as 6 and as old as 11, depending on reading level and parental involvement.]
 
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For all the flowers left on the graves.
 
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Whether you like action, adventure, mystery or love, The Balderdash Saga encompasses them all, and so much more. Author J.W. Zulauf and illustrator Luke Spooner take the reader on an unforgettable journey through the underground kingdom known as Balderdash.
 

MIDDLE GRADE – For READERS 9-13 Years Old

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Frendyl Krune and the Stone Princess by Kira A. McFadden
 
This 3rd book in the Amüli Chronicles: Frendyl Krune series of middle grade fantasies is ideal for readers 9-13 years old (but we know you older folks will love it too).
 
Not long ago, Frendyl Krune joined his Uncle Melroc on a quest to find the fabled magical gem known as the Blood of the Sun. The gem’s power helped Frendyl learn to cast magic—an amazing feat for someone as young as him—but the gift comes with a cost. The stone is fused with Frendyl’s heart, and no matter where he goes, the stone’s dangerous power threatens those he cares for.
 
To make matters worse, the sorcerer who released an imprisoned amüli claiming to be the rightful king gave Frendyl almost no information about his missing family, and the Pretender is chasing Frendyl across the land. All Frendyl wants is to find his father and cousin, and get rid of the Blood of the Sun. No one knows how to remove the gem without ripping his heart out along with it, which means he has little choice but to face the Pretender—at least, until he learns of someone who might have the power to save him.
 
A young princess skilled in delicate magic might be able to help, and Frendyl is determined to find her. Although she lived four hundred years ago, there is hope: legend says an envious witch cast a spell on the princess to make her last the ages.
 
Too bad that spell turned the princess to stone.
 

DARK EPIC FANTASY

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In the Company of the Dead by Ciara Ballintyne
 
This dark epic fantasy is the first book in The Sundered Oath trilogy. Watch for parts 2 and 3 to release in 2017 and 2018.

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.

Lyram is the son of a duke and third in line for the throne. Hell bent on drowning his grief for his murdered wife in a whiskey bottle, Lyram is ill-equipped to deal with the arrival of a mysterious army. When the castle comes under siege, he believes his prince is behind it, only to have his fears dismissed as the paranoia of a grief-stricken drunkard by those closest to him. He dare not even voice aloud his suspicions of the prince’s involvement in his wife’s murder.

Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay—a necromancer with a personal interest in using Lyram for his own nefarious purposes.

As the siege lengthens, and with the identity of the necromancer unknown, Lyram finds his faith in those closest to him undermined by treachery and sabotage. Not knowing who he can trust, he turns to the one person whose honesty is unimpeachable – the Left Hand of Death herself.

Caught up in their pursuit of vengeance, and desperately trying to save themselves from both political machinations and clashing gods, Ellaeva and Lyram never realise that the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.
 

SUSPENSE THRILLER / WOMEN’S FICTION

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This crime thriller/women’s fiction is the first book in The Syndicate-Born Trilogy.
 
…Because sometimes all you can do is run.
 
In search of redemption from his sordid past, FBI Special Agent Alex Bailey takes on a new partner, Katherine Mitchel… and a new secret mission.
 
Before being assigned their first joint case, Katherine uncovers damning evidence against a major crime ring known as The Syndicate. The group controls key members of the D.C. Metropolitan Area Police, the U.S. Congress, even the FBI, and they will stop at nothing to protect their interests. With her life on the line, Katherine is forced to put her faith in Alex as she flees from Washington D.C. and enters the Witness Protection Program.
 
Yet there’s no hiding from The Syndicate.
 
In the most dangerous investigation of his career, Alex must decide how far he is willing to go to keep Katherine safe, and to stop The Syndicate.
 

AND SO….

 
We hope you find several of these books to your liking, either for yourself or as gifts for your loved ones. As always, we thank you for your support. As an indie small press, we couldn’t survive without you, our loyal readers. Lastly, please share this great news with your friends.

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