I'm incredibly excited about today's cover reveal. I read the first book in its series about two years ago, and rather enjoyed it, and then won the second book in it's release giveaway ... and proceeded to leave it on my shelf until this last summer where I read it for my personal "read all the books I own" challenge.
The second book, you see, was a prequel, focusing on the backstory of the guy who was one of my least favorite characters. (Sorry Brant fans, but I have trust issues with narrating characters who clearly know things that are important - essential to the plot, and then refuse to let the reader know about them. He's an awesome guy, I'll give him that, and I like him better after reading his backstory, but our relationship is strained.) I wanted to know more about Kamarie (because I love princesses who can be awesome and ladylike at the same time), Oraeyn (I want to see how he goes from the end of the first book), and Yole (because Yole is adorable and is a ... well, that's a spoiler). I wanted to travel forward in the plot.
Well, guess what? Book 3, Yorien's Hand, is the answer to my wish! So I'm naturally excited. I want this book now. Unfortunately, it's not out now. I'll have to be patient for a bit longer. In the meantime, I can stare at the cover and sigh.
Maybe I'll show you a picture of it. Nah, have a picture of the author instead.
Jenelle Schmidt grew up in the northern-midwest. She now resides with her husband and their three adorable children in North Carolina where the summers are too hot and there is never enough snow. Jenelle fell in love with reading at a young age during family storytimes. To this day she enjoys creating exciting adventure tales filled with poignant themes and compelling characters in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.
The years of Oraeyn’s short rule have been peaceful, but now ominous nightmares plague his sleep and cling to him during his waking hours. When two of his most trusted advisors disappear without a trace and not even the power of dragons can locate them, the fell promise of the king’s nightmares becomes reality.
From the furthest reaches of the world, an ancient enemy stirs. Stretching beyond his crumbling prison walls, this foe seeks to bring life to the darkest of shadows. His army marches towards Aom-igh with deadly intent, threatening all Oraeyn holds dear.
Aided by dragons, and with the warrior Brant and Princess Kamarie at his side, Oraeyn must journey into the wilds of a forgotten realm. Trusting in the wisdom and skill of the enigmatic minstrel, Kiernan Kane, the companions race against time in search of Yorien’s Hand, a relic that may hold the power to save them all.
Oh, all right, I won't hoard it to myself forever. Here it is!
I love the style of her covers, they're works of art, to be certain. I think this one may be my favorite - there's a dragon on it.
Be sure to add the book on Goodreads - I know I already have. If you haven't read the first two books, I highly recommend them both.
And, before we go, Jenelle has kindly provided us with snippets. Unfortunately, we can only post one. Have one with Kamarie and Oraeyn.
Finally, only Oraeyn, Brant, and Kiernan remained in the room. Brant laid a reassuring hand on Oraeyn’s shoulder and then turned to the story-teller.
“That was quite the tale, minstrel. I suppose you’ll be staying behind, or perhaps disappearing... again?”
A smile played across the minstrel’s face. “Oh, no, I think I shall be coming along on this adventure,” he replied. “I believe I will be able to offer some help, to you, Sir Brant, in particular.”
Brant grimaced and glowered. But Kiernan continued, turning his attention to Oraeyn. “Sire, please do be sure to pack plenty of food for the journey, for I shall sorely miss the palace kitchen while we are away, but such is the lot of heroes, and it is unbecoming to complain.”