The Enchanted Dagger
The Enchanted Dagger is an epic fantasy novel, that while written for adults, is Young Adult friendly. The protagonist, Beck Conleth, begins the book living a quiet life in a seaside town with his grandmother. She sends him to retrieve his father's bones and a family dagger, and the adventure ensues. In addressing this genre, I've tried to bring my own style and creativity to not only the setting, characters, and conflicts, but to the overall battle between good and evil--which is at the core of every epic fantasy.
The novel was a Compton Crook Award Finalist and Maryland Writers Association Book Award Winner. It has been called "a strong tale set in a world intricately woven through with magic" by award-winning author, Jody Lynn Nye; "An absorbing tale...finely crafted" by novelist, Roxanne Bland; and "capably-written, energetic, and entertaining" by prolific short story writer, Jim Lee.
A sample of the positive reviews: "Adventure, magical creatures, enchantment, and evil lurking around every corner...a very enjoyable read" from Getting Your Read On (Aimee Brown, reviewer) and "A thrilling story...recommended to all readers of fantasy adventure. Five stars and a thumbs-up to an excellent book" from Books 4 Tomorrow (Ellen Fritz, reviewer).
The world-building to create Lifthrasir, the setting of The Enchanted Dagger, was both fun and daunting. Lifthrasir is the name of the woman who survives Ragnarok, and means one who clings to and celebrates life - so it is an apt name for a work where characters must make the right choices or face dire consequences. I've tried to not only incorporate pieces of known mythology, but invent my own to give the book and its universe a rich tapestry of legends, myths, and lore.