There’s a very special feeling you get when you read a particular kind of fantasy book. You know the one that takes all your beloved tropes and spins them on their heads? You’re transported to a whole other world that feels both different and the same. You know all the beats but they are coming at you in wonderfully new ways. It’s about as close to that “coming home” feeling as you can get. That’s exactly what I felt when I first read author Kel Kade’s Free the Darkness, book one of the King’s Dark Tidings series. And if you haven’t given the books a chance, I can’t recommend them enough. They are light and fun—and book 3 of the series, Legends of Ahn, just released earlier this month.
It is also with that feeling in mind that I have the pleasure to announce that Kel will be crafting a brand new series for Tor Books! With the fantastic ability to make use of your expectations, Kel is taking a turn at the epic quest fantasy, and I cannot wait to share it with everyone.
Here’s the introduction to the Shroud of Prophecy, coming from Tor in Spring 2019:
The Shroud of Prophecy tests fate to discover what happens when the path of good and right, the triumph of light over darkness, the only path to salvation… fails.
Everyone loves Mathias. So naturally, when he discovers it’s his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride.
Mathias is thrilled for the adventure! There’s nothing better than a road beneath his feet and adventure in the air. Aaslo, on the other hand, has never cared for the world beyond the borders of his sleepy village and would be much happier alone and in the woods. But, someone has to keep the Chosen One’s head on his shoulders and his feet on the ground.
It turns out saving the world isn’t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. Mathias is more than willing to place his life on the line, but Aaslo would love nothing more than to forget about all the talk of arcane bloodlines and magical fae creatures. When the going gets rough, folks start to believe their only chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn’t how the stories go. At all. To make matters worse Aaslo is beginning to fear that he may have lost his mind…