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Janelle

Janelle

By day Janelle is a nurse, mother to two autistic sons, and writer. By night, she's immersed in other worlds. Reading fantasy is her happy place. And drinking wine. And eating tacos. 

Grab her flintlock fantasy series The Rodasia Chronicles, or her epic fantasy series The Steward Saga on Amazon.

Children of the Dead City

This story follows young Dargoth as he is kidnapped and taken from his mother for no clear reason and forced to live at the palace as the "adopted" brother of a young Princess, Shila. It also followed his mother, Rikkitta, as she tries to reunite with her son.

First, kudos to the author for entering into SPFBO19 and putting this work out there. It's no easy feat.

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4.5/5 stars

From the blurb: As the old gods awaken, the Chromeria is in a race to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe, Gavin Guile. But Gavin's enslaved on a galley, and when he finally escapes, he finds himself in less than friendly hands. Without the ability to draft which has defined him . . .

Meanwhile, the Color Prince's army continues its inexorable advance, having swallowed two of the seven satrapies, they now invade the Blood Forest. Andross Guile, thinking his son Gavin lost, tasks his two grandsons with stopping the advance. Kip and his psychopathic half-brother Zymun will compete for the ultimate prize: who will become the next Prism.

Me talking to myself after finishing this book: "Okay, Janelle. Calm down. Take a deep breath." It's that good, guys. 

The Priory of the Orange Tree

3.5/5 stars

Blurb: A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Before I get into the review, can we all just agree to take a moment to stare at this beautiful cover art? Yes? Okay, good, because SERIOUSLY.