Child of the Dragon Prophecy
The Shadows of Light: Book One
A future foreseen. A past forgotten.
The savior child of the Dragon Prophecy is born.
Adopted by Centaurs, then forsaken by humans, Stephania longs for a place to belong, but home keeps slipping away as fragmented memories. Those disturbing memories relentlessly haunt her, and the hometown where she has never felt welcome stands against her.
When Stephania seeks an escape, she unwittingly begins a journey of self-discovery, and her long thought forgotten memories, shape-shifting demons, a lyre surrounded by dangerous magic, and newfound lies emerge as threats that may break her or finally lead her to her true home.
Will Stephania be able to put aside her hate and pain to accept who she truly is? Or will she let it drag her and all of Duvarharia to its doom?
Child of the Dragon Prophecy
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For Fans of The Interiance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, The Kinsman Chronicles by Jill Williamson, and The Ravenwood Saga by Morgan L. Busse, Child of the Dragon Prophecy is a young adult, epic novel. You'll find high fantasy at its finest with centaurs, spine-chilling prophecy, dragon lore, dancing stars, and deep mythological significance from the very first page. This world will draw you in with heart-wrenching characters you'll love, and keep you turning pages with high-stakes secrets and shape-shifting demons who track the magic of Stephania, a heroin who must discover her fate as savior of all the lands and start an even more important journey of finding her true home and who she is meant to be.
This book ya’ll, it’s incredible!! I am at a loss of words to describe it. It’s spellbinding, epic, heartbreaking, immersive, and so, so much more. Effie Joe Stock is a master at creating entire worlds, kingdoms, species, languages, and religions and not making it confusing at all.
The characters are all so different, likable yet flawed, and fleshed out. My favorite is definitely Trojan. He’s just the sweetest guy ever and is an adorable brother!! I really like Stephania and how she grows in this book. You see her as a child for a good part of the book, then she’s a grown teenager with a heavy dose of anger and insecurities, but that doesn’t block-out her kind heart. I also love Artigal! The kind, ancient centaur is so mysterious, with a hinted at tragic past that I can’t wait to learn more about.
The plot is so, so intriguing, with action, fighting demon like creatures, uncovering forgotten memories, learning about a prophecy and dragon-riders, and lots of magic. I highly recommend this book to all fantasy lovers! It will not disappoint!
Anne J. Hill
I can't wait for the second book to come out! The characters are fascinating and it is well written. Stock does an excellent job at evoking emotion and attaching you to the characters. The imagery is superb. I haven't personally read many books featuring Centaurs and was thrilled to see them here. It ends with you thirsting for more. Without giving too much away, I highly recommend reading Stock's debut novel!
In Editing. Coming Soon Summer 2022
Heir of Two Kingdoms
The Shadows of Light: Book Two
Two kingdoms threatened by war, one heir to lead them.
After arriving back in Trans-Falls, Stephania finally has a place to call home again, even if she doesn’t fully remember it yet. But just because she feels safe, doesn’t mean she is.
A connection forged with Ancient Magic was made the day Artigal saved her from Thaddeus—a connection that tied her mind to the traitor’s and has made each others memories their own.
With dangers lurking just behind the shadows, Stephania must deal with a new set of challenges including complicated relationships with her family, a dragon hatchling, the mysterious Shadow Cavern, new memories, and an impending war.
When she loses what is most important to her, will she continue to look back, wishing everything were different or will she have the courage to change the future?
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Accepting Entires Now
Anthology on the Depths of Love
Everything that stands in the light
Also has a side that stands in the darkness.
Love is no exception.
Love is often depicted as light, joyful, fun, exciting, carefree ...
But there is also a darker side to love—a deeper, frightening, desperate, tragic side.
Dare to dive deep into this raw, emotional collection of short stories, prose, and poems which strives to expose the lightless side of tragedy, heartbreak, desperation, and love.
What Darkness Fears
Anthology by Twenty Hills
LIGHT DAWNS IN DARKNESS
Even in the darkest night, there is hope. This collection of stories and poems portrays light in the darkness. Multiple authors in various genres take you on a journey from shadow to sunrise, from despair to hope.
Within these pages, you’ll discover a ghost wandering the woodlands, a young man on an adventure choosing the worst sort of companion, a writer facing her own phantasmic characters, a bickering couple beset by a dubious hitchhiker in the middle of the desert, a woman fighting an ominous monster on the high seas, a Headless Henwoman carrying souls to their afterlife, the god of mischief visiting the underworld, and other tales to stir your spirit. So, keep the light on if you wish, but these stories are sure to shine bright enough on their own.
Effie's two poems, Bleached Reminders and Scaredy Cat on Halloween Night, are published in What Darkness Fears.
In First Draft
Coming Soon October 1st 2022
Ash Black &
The Seven Wolves
Before Snow White was her sister, Ash Black—rightful heir to throne and mage of the night.
Throughout her life, Ash has always known she was different. While her sister Snow White could call sweet animals like song birds, mice, and deer, Ash Black could only call frightening creatures like bats, wolves, and spiders.
When the King dies from a mysterious hunting accident, Ash and her dark magic is blamed and she is cast from her kingdom the very night she was to be coronated. With nothing but her loyal wolf companion and a strange mirror that can peer into one's soul and expose secrets, Ash must learn the truth about her own and her sister's magic—a balance between light and darkness that was broken long ago.
With time running out and the young king she loves facing betrayal and death, Ash must learn her own strength and how much she is willing to sacrifice for the things and people she loves.
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Son of the Prophet
The Shadows of Light : Book Three
Thaddeus and Thanatos—two Duvarharian brothers born in the greatest age Duvarharia has known since the Golden Years.
Everything seems perfect.
Their father, an affluent ambassador makes sure their every need or desire is taken care of. Their loving mother teaches them about her mysterious homeland and fills their home with love, good food, and enchanting magic.
But the Dragon Prophecy, spoken only a hundred years earlier has begun to unravel and the stars are aligning in a deadly dance that none will be able to escape because Thaddeus and Thanatos were born to Quinlan, the great Dragon Prophet and one of them will bring the destruction of Duvarharia.
Bad blood churns deep in their veins, driving them to the depths of Susahu and the fulfillment of the prophecy.
In First Draft
Come Sit with Me
A Shadows of Light Companion Novel
Artigal. The white Centaur. The Igentis—leader of all Centaurs. A Centaur as old as the stars. Strong. Invincible. Wise. Powerful. Mysterious. Broken.
Not much is known about the all-mighty Centaur leader; an exhausting number of years has wiped away the pieces of his history he hasn't locked away himself.
This is his story—a story of humble beginnings and a dream and love that spanned thousands of years and changed Ventronovia forever.
*Title subject to change*