In the wake of Harry Potter, other fantasy novels can at last breathe a collective sigh of relief. Not only are they being noticed again as they come out from under the shadow of the towering stacks of Harry Potter novels, but they are being eagerly snatched up by a population whose appetite for exciting fantasy and folklore is not yet sated.
With a large assortment of stand-alone novels and serial adventures all clamoring for attention, it can be hard to choose. There are many that will prove ultimately rewarding and entertaining, while many others are little more than uninspired rehashing of old plots and bland characters.
In the first quarter of 2008, The Tales of Tanglewood will be published. The Tales of Tanglewood: The Lon Dubh Whistle, is written by Scott Michael Kessman, and melds together influences of Celtic and Irish mythology with modern-day folklore, and is a fantasy novel to be enjoyed and cherished by all ages. It proudly stands apart from the mass of copycat fantasy fiction and mundane adventure stories currently flooding the market.
The First Tale, as well as subsequent future tales, are about boy named Colin, a child who is fully aware of the hidden world of myth and folklore hiding within the woods just beyond his home, long kept secret by old magic.
Only the fey blood that runs through Colin’s veins has enabled him to find what others cannot; The Tanglewood, the ‘wood within the woods. Full of odd characters and fey beings, the Tanglewood is a world of magnificent folklore come to life.
As Colin begins to explore the ‘wood, he’ll find friendship with the ferrish Ailfrid, the elfin girl Deidre, and Doc Muffingrow, a wise druid. Colin will also find that there is much magic in himself, as well as dangerous enemies who’ll not let him find solace in the ‘wood so easily.
Ailil, King of the Sprites and ruler of The Below, has laid claim to Colin’s spirit, and Colin will need the help of his friends and quite a bit of magic to save himself.
For a preview of The Tales of Tanglewood, you may join the Tales of Tanglewood Google Group, where you’ll be able to download the first three chapters, as well as discuss the Tales with other members.
Be sure to visit the Tales of Tanglewood blog as well, where the Scribe of the ‘wood will be revealing many things, which may or may not be in the books. The blog and the group will also provide updates as to the actual release date of the fantasy book, tentatively scheduled for March of 2008. Be sure to check on Amazon.com after March if you are interested in purchasing the book.