This is another book that I'm extremely excited about. I've already had the opportunity to beta read it, having loved the first book of the trilogy, and having become great friends with the author. And let me just say, if you love portal fantasy, this is a series you don't want to miss, and if you loved the first book of the trilogy, you are going to adore this one. I know I did. (I also ripped it to shreds, but, um, Morgan asked me to do that, and once she puts it back together, it will be even more awesome.)
You'll probably be getting a full review from me later. Like, when it releases and I've had a chance to read a more final copy.
If you haven't had a chance to read the first book yet, it's free today only on Amazon. You can read my review for the lovely story here.
But, you guys know me, no cover just yet. First have a mini-interview with the author!
About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.
1 1. What was the inspiration for this particular story?
This particular story? Well, it was a continuation from the unspecified inspiration for Creighton Hill influenced by Narnia, Gone-Away Lake, Tuck Everlasting, and Ilyon Chronicles. It does have a little something extra, though. One day during lunch, my sisters were coming up with book titles and covers and having me decide the premise of the book. One was The Crossways and the cover was of a boy on a dragon flying over a mountain. I said the Crossways was a portal with people stuck inside it, and the boy was going to rescue them. Now, that’s not what The Crossways is about. But it does have a boy and a dragon and a place called The Crossways, even though that place is not a portal with people stuck inside it. I would like to play with that concept someday, though.
2. What sets this book apart from other books?
It has a lot of things mixed together that usually are in separate books. Other books have stuff like the stereotypical ante-bellum South, gladiators, dragons, merfolk, evil rulers, pirates…but I put it all together in one story, woven together with its own story in a way that works. And I like to think that my characters are unique. Adriel, anyway. I think he sets this book apart.
3. What's your favorite writing medium?
I’m not really sure at this point. I’m faster at typing, but a notebook is more portable. I get pretty equally distracted with both, though. Seriously, all it takes for me to get distracted is my brain. My thoughts can be just as distracting as Pinterest. I want an Alphasmart Neo2. I’m hoping it’ll be a Happy Medium.
All right, I'll let you see the cover.
Gorgeous, isn't it? Be sure to add it on Goodreads (meanwhile, take note of my own five star rating of the story)
About the Book
“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”
Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”
Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.
A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?
Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?
The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.