A Prophecy Fulfilled
(The Vaelinel Trilogy #3)
Publication date: December 9th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Regrouping after their escape from the Light Elves, Irewen and her companions fear the worst after black smoke plumes on the horizon. Allowing compassion to rule over reason, they ignore Finnwyn’s warning and return to Lilendvelle, hoping to help some of the survivors stranded in the city’s wake. Instead, they run into a trap.
Completely surrounded by an endless army of Drulaack, they fight for their lives, but their efforts aren’t enough. Irewen is captured and dragged into the heart of the Corrupter’s lair.
Having his prize, the others in the company are granted their freedom, but at a great cost: the one named in the prophecy who is meant to unite the elf forces and stand against the Corrupter is lost to the world – trapped beneath the Corrupter’s talons.
With the aid of his mother’s spirit, Brendell must now find a way to gather an alliance strong enough to march against the Corrupter and his army, but his time is running out. Each day that passes brings Irewen closer to death.
And the world closer to destruction.
Andi O’Connor is the award-winning author of The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. The Speaker is the 2018 Independent Press Award Winner for Fantasy and a Finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Andi’s novel, Awakening, is a 2018 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite for Fantasy. Her critically acclaimed novel, Silevethiel, is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013.
You can frequently find Andi as an exhibitor and guest panelist at Comic Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Awesome Con, Philcon, Conclave, and Chessiecon. For more information, visit Andi’s website at http://www.andioconnor.net
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Why I Write Fantasy
My love of writing Fantasy comes from my love of reading Fantasy. Since I was about nine or ten, I’ve read Fantasy almost exclusively, and most authors will tell you they write what they read. Reading the genre you write is one of the best ways to hone your craft. I can tell you, hands down, that if I tried to write a Women’s Fiction or Romance novel, I wouldn’t know where to begin. Whatever pathetic excuse for a book that I would manage to finish would only succeed in making any unfortunate readers weep tears of blood.
That being said, there are some elements of other genres in my writing, such as Romance and Paranormal, but that’s one of the things I love about Fantasy. It’s comprised of so many different elements that are often times so realistic, it makes the story and characters deeply relatable. Fantasy is like real life, but with dragons!
And that is what really draws me to the genre. Fantasy is like a pretend escape. Yes, it’s make-believe. You can read about dragons, elves, magic, and talking lions, but at the same time, you can relate to the characters. You have the opportunity to learn and evolve as a person without even realizing.
That is such a beautiful thing to be able to create as an author. Yes, there are certain things my characters can do that my readers cannot. As far as I know, none of us can speak telepathically to lions or use magic to create giants out of matter found at the bottom of the sea. (Though, if you can, let me know, because that would be totally awesome!)
But, many of my readers understand the debilitating grief after losing a parent or spouse. Some have needed to make sense of things after the betrayal of a dear friend. Some have experienced rape or sexual assault and have struggled to regroup in the aftermath. Many live with depression or have had suicidal thoughts. At some point during their lives, feelings of inferiority and not being good enough have plagued their minds.
And the list can go on and on.
Seeing my characters experience these same things speaks to many of my readers. They see how my characters deal with these situations, they can relate to the difficulties each character faces, and they can perhaps work on healing from some of the crap life has thrown their way.
Most importantly, they realize that they aren’t alone. They realize that someone somewhere, whether in the real world, or in a fictional one, is right there with them, helping them through their darkest hour.
They do all of that while escaping to a world with magic and telepathic lions. And if that isn’t insanely beautiful, I don’t know what is.