Bloodmaiden by Christine Schulze
Zale. Gauthier. Varden. These three dynasties.They all sound like something out of an ancient, oriental myth or fairy tale. The concept of humans and dragons helping and living in harmony with one another, without fear. To me, that's exactly what they are. A distant dream only read of, whispered secretly, quietly yearned for. For, you see, I am the new Quelda of Tynan.
These words echo the mystery, horror, and romance found within Schulze's fantasy novel. Along with her new husband, Chalom, Crislin must choose to embrace cruel tradition, run from it, or stand against it. The young couple's only hope is to rally the help of the three peaceful dragon dynasties of Sulaimon-but tradition is not on their side, even outside the realm of Tynan. The dragons outside Tynan's borders have been rumored as too stubborn and proud to believe their Tynanian brothers would commit such horrors as inflicted upon the Quelda. Gaining their aid is not a likely hope. Yet, any hope at all is valued in Tynan...
If they are to stand a chance of bringing cruel tradition to a permanent end, Crislin and Chalom must brave the constant, consuming blizzards of the Ever-white. They must brave the three dynasties and the challenges awaiting there. Together, they must convince the dragon emperors to allow them access to the shrines which house the sacred Aria - protective strands of music which may be able to disperse the evil from Tynan and unite the four dynasties of Sulaimon as a whole once again. Their only aid stems from a sprite whose moods are as unstable as her magic, a young minstrel, and a mysterious fox. Despite the odds, such plans are daring, dangerous, unprecedented, but fully possible - if they can escape the Wall first.
About the Author
Christine E. Schulze has been creating books since she was too young to even write them in words. Bloodmaiden is only a small part of her vast twenty-seven book collection, The Amielian Legacy. She hopes to inspire readers throughout the world with these books by publishing in both traditional and electronic formats to make them available to all readers.
Christine writes all varieties of fantasy, including epic, contemporary, Christian, and horror. She has published several stories with Calliope and Kalkion magazines and is an active member of the WEbook online writing community. She has also published several books which are available at various online retailers. Her latest and most exciting venture is publishing her novel Bloodmaiden with Old Line Publishing as well as her e-novel Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress , with Readers' Eden.
Christine currently lives in Shiloh, Illinois with her Mom, three dogs and a rabbit.
"This is such an awesome story, as I have spoken before in reference it lures me to the vision of Lord of the Rings meet[s] Harry Potter. I love it. Christine has a very deep and vivid imagination and I see her as the next J.R.R Tolkien and J. K Rowling. Keep the stories coming Christine, you have a true gift. Will catch you back on webook [.] Peace [.]"
~ Gryody reviewing Bloodmaiden excerpt on Kalkion
"I found this story to be full of gripping moments and compelling language. The writer wields mastery over vividly painting the world in which the characters live. And by live, I mean think, feel, dream, and, yes, wallow in utter hopelessness. In each passing moment, it is almost as if the reader takes each breath along with the character, for the narrator is your closest companion on a journey through her own horrifying reality. Overall, I think Bloodmaiden is unique, imaginative, and nicely written. It contains elements of romance, fantasy and adventure, with a few sprinkles of poetry that adds up to a very satisfying combination."
~ Kalkion reader reviewing Bloodmaiden excerpt
Buy the book
1. To buy directly through Old Line Publishing
2. To buy from Christine E. Schulze's Site
3. To pre-order from Barnes and Noble website (Release date there is May 28, 2010)