Persephane Pendrake Chronicles Book 1
by Lady Ellen
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Enter a magical world of mystery and wonder, where fantasy reigns supreme and casual chatter sparkles green. Meet Persephane (or Persy as she prefers), Thaddeus, Benson and P-C as they embark on their enchanted adventures to thwart the evil, black witch Melanthios...
Push the outer boundaries of your imagination into a world where Persy (a very talented almost 13 year old witch, magic her 'modus operandi') and her close friend Thaddeus (a 13 year old wizard) with their familiars –Benson (a very cheeky dragonfly) and P-C (a far from brave dragon) pit magic, bravery, skill and allegiances from a swarm of magical creatures against the tall, dark and malevolent Melanthios. "Best new fantasy series books" one reader claims….
Follow them as they wind through periods in time, to discover ancient magic from cultures all throughout the history of the world in this best fantasy book in a long time.
Success for Melanthios means that the entirety of this planet will fall under her control. Our world will become dark, bleak, cold and lorded over by her demons – forever.
Pull up a chair, sit back, and join them in their quest as Persy and her friends race against fate and time, to stop Melanthios from her evil plot to collect nine mystical objects of power scattered throughout the world to become the –All Powerful One.–
Persy, Thaddeus, Benson and P-C are assisted by a highly adept, scrying gypsy named Vadoma, a vampire with a rather warped sense of humor - Count Pseudomorphius the Sanguine who is known as Murph...for obvious reasons.
Not to be forgotten is the twelve member Magical Governing Council, which Persy's grandmother Laurel is one of the lead members. Each member specializes in a particular area of magic and all have a gift to give our heroes to further enhance their chances against Melanthios.
But is it enough? Melanthios is evil and heartless....and VERY powerful...
As if she isn't enough to worry about...also on the dark side is a slippery, loathsome Chinese Sorcerer...aiming to usurp Melanthios and beat her at her own game..and along the way...dispose of Persy and her crew!
Will this ever end? What chance does our team stand? You'll see...
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In seconds, a female shape, all in black, formed.
“Melanthios!” yelled Angelica. “How dare you…” She scowled and started to raise her wand -
Snap! Blue light filled the room, Angelica fell on her side to the floor. Persy’s face crunched with fury, she leapt over her Mom, holding the Cimaruta straight-armed at Melanthios.
Melanthios swung her wand to point at Persy and smirked. “Why, niece, how lovely to finally meet you. I’ve been scouring the earth for that amulet. Should have figured my miscreant sister had it.”
“Disarm,” screamed Persy, having drawn out her wand.
Melanthios easily swooped out of the way of the casting, coming back with, “Fixatious.” Persy was not about to get frozen in place, so Melanthios could grab her Cimaruta. Not happening. Not today.
Persy dropped to the floor, rolled away from Melanthios, but the casting caught her lower left leg, which now dragged on the ground.
Melanthios’s mouth twitched up on the right as she moved in for the snatch.
She didn’t see the green and turquoise, foot long vortex form behind her head. As it rose, the whirring became loud and louder. “Stopiare!” The maiming curse. Melanthios dropped like a stone to the floor, her body faded to a ghostly hue and vanished.
Benson appeared out of the vortex, fluttered like leaf onto Persy’s lap.
“Benson,” she cried. “Benson. Are you ok?”
Slowly his large composite eyes refocused. “Oy. That took it out of me, Perse. But, yeah, yeah. I think I’m good.”
Persy gently laid him on a cushion and went to her Mom, who was struggling to sit. “Mom?”
“Hey, my darling. I’m good. De-fogging,” Angelica gave a small smile.
Persephane reached for her Mom to give her hand a supportive squeeze, then the air around her shimmered. “What…?”
It was as if she was watching the whole scene again. The flash of blue, Melanthios, her Mom falling and Benson, but this time, Melanthios turned in time and cast the Death curse. “Terminata!”
Benson’s vortex vanished. A candle snuffed out. He fell to the floor, motionless. Persy screamed. She was back in her room, her time and Benson was fine on the pillow.
“What, Persy?” asked Angelica.
“I saw…I saw…I, I.”
Benson flew over, landing on her hand. “What, love?”
Persy’s eyes flicked down at Benson. “You were dead. She killed you.”
The Cauldron of Ceridwen
Persephane Pendrake Chronicles Book 2
As expected, Krak Ling hunts them down to take his ring back, but in the negotiations, he reveals the next Magic Object which Melanthios is about to attempt to capture…The Cauldron of Ceridwen. Why this cauldron? The best person to explain that is Lady Druanna, the resident authority on all things Celtic Magic.
They make their way to Killarney, an area in Ireland, where Lady Druanna's manor is located and there she tells them the tale of The Cauldron. It's not the vessel which is so important to all Magicals but the first three drops of the Brew it creates. But their visit to Lady Dru's is violently interrupted, resulting in severe injury to the Lady and the kidnapping of Thaddeus by the malevolent Melanthios.
Persy is beside herself with grief and worry, both for the survival of Lady Druanna and the whereabouts and safety of Thad.
And so her journey begins. Of course, things get worse…much worse before even the haze of a solution appears:
- Persy has lost he comrade in arms and so much face this quest alone.
- She ultimately finds out that Thad has been tossed into a multiverse. Where? When? Can she ever get him back?
- There is another Dark organization, supporting Melanthios in her evil quest.
- Someone at school has found out who and what she is and is trying to expose her. Good-bye privacy and Hello World Lab Rat!
- There is someone who Persy always believed to be a mundane…normal human who is about to 'come out' as a Magical. Who knew?
- Romance sparks from unexpected corners
Who will possess Magical Object 2 at the end of this tantalizing escapade? The only way to find out is to read: The Persephane Pendrake Chronicles - Two- The Cauldron of Ceridwen.
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“Well, seeing as we’re here,” replied Thad, with a wry grin.
They slipped inside the room, closing the door behind them. Darson found a desk lamp on the table on the diaz and turned it on. It illuminated the room just enough to see, but not call attention to them by flooding the space under the door.
“Now what?” asked Darson. “How or where would it be hidden?”
“Well, obviously, with magic. Let’s do an energy search.”
They closed their eyes and put their hands out in front of them, slowly turning to run a general check over the room. Nothing.
“Ok, let’s try the ceiling and floor, then go close to each wall. It may be really well covered and we need to get closer to pick it up,” said Thad.
Thad gave Darson a sideways glance. “Not done this much, have you?”
“Can’t. Told you that.”
They slowly pointed their palms over the ceiling and then the floor. Nothing.
“Fine,” said Thad. “Let’s check the walls closely.
They started at one corner and walked very slowly along the wall. About halfway along the second wall, Thad picked up a small, but persistent vibration. It was as if you’d loosely cupped a small dragonfly in your hands and it kept beating it’s wings.
“ ‘Alo, ‘alo…what ‘ave we ‘ere then?” remarked Thad, sounding very like Benson.
“I’ll grab a candle. We need to be able to see this better,” said Darson.
He lit it close to the wall. Still, they couldn’t see any seam or evidence that something opened there.
They both ran their hands over the wall, sensing the vibration, but unable to detect anyway to get to it.
“Ok, let’s get serious. Keep the veil up and hold your purple crystal. I’m going to peel some magic back.” Thad reached into the back of his jeans, pulled out his wand and said, “Aperios.” A small bright blue light shone from the tip of his wand. Energy waves appeared over a space of about one foot by one foot on the wall. The waves diminished and a small door was revealed. Thad lifted a small brass latch and pulled. The door opened and inside it was lined in black velvet. In the centre was a scroll, about eight inches in length. Thad put his wand back, and extracted the scroll.
Darson came up behind him, looking over Thad’s shoulder as he unwound the scroll. Both of them read for a few minutes, then Darson commented, “Huh? This is crazy”.
“Indeed. Obviously a code,” Thad narrowed his eyes, hoping things would be more clear. Nope.
They stared at the scroll for another few minutes when Darson took in a sharp breath and said, “Wait! I think I’ve seen something like this before. We need to get back to my Grandfather’s books.”
Persephane Pendrake Chronicles Book 3
Persephane, Thaddeus, Rix, Sniv and Darson are on the trail of the third Magical Object - The Lapis Draconis. The malicious Melanthios is calling up Demon help to capture the stone before they do. And death. Death comes too soon to one of them. Who?
The fast-paced, no-holds-barred quest continues in Book 3 - Lapis Draconis. Get Your Copy Now!
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A grinding, crunching noise started behind them. They all jumped and turned. Dust and grit was falling from the wall, and slowly a door became apparent, one side coming out toward the path and one falling into the wall. The door was on a centre support and laboriously turned a full one-eighty so they could see another corridor.
“Well, then,” said Persy. “Our next move, I’d say. Right?”
“Lead on, McDuff,” said Thad. “We’ve come this far.”
They entered the new pathway and checked out the walls.
“Well, this is interesting,” said Hayden, her head switching from side to side. Persy followed her lead. “Indeed. Six doors on each side, each with a moon over it.”
“Yeah,” said Darson. “And each with a different animal sign on it’s door, why’s that?”
“Dunno,” said Thad.
Sniv stepped up and looked more closely at the doors. “These are the animals of the Chinese Zodiac or Sheng Xiao, and are based on a twelve year cycle. You’ve heard ‘this is the year of the tiger or rabbit’ and so on? That’s what people are referring to. It’s going to be important here.”
“Ok. Right.” Persy glanced at the walls beside the doors and ran her hand along them. “Look at these indents. Must be a hundred of them. There’s something quite pointy in each.” Thad, Sniv and Darson looked into one close to each of them.
Sniv sighed. “Spears. This hallway is booby-trapped. If we get this wrong, those will probably will be released. It’s common in Asia, in the protection of some sort of treasure.”
“Common in the West, too,” added Hayden. “I remember one of my Nan’s books going into all kinds of traps and dangers set up to protect important artifacts. Some are just plain lethal, like this one seems to be.” Rix’s eyes widened and her face flushed. This was not good.
“So we have to choose the correct door, or we’re shish kabobs?” asked Hayden. Sniv nodded solemnly.
“Well, it’s meant to be solved,” said Persy, tapping her index finger on her lip and scowling. “What do we know?”
Sniv cleared his throat. “The twelve signs in order are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.” Thad and Rix checked out each door. “Yup, that’s what’s here.”
“Then doesn’t it make sense, seeing as we’re here for a treasure for Carnifex, that the correct door would be the fifth? With the dragon on it?” said Persy, with her arms spread out.
Hayden shrugged her shoulders. “Best guess I can think of. I’d second the dragon door.”
Darson grinned. “Sounds good to me. What’ve we got to lose?” Rix swivelled her head toward him. “Only our hides, but hey, no big.”
Thad laughed and gave her a hug around the shoulders. “C’mon, we’ll be fine. It’s the only thing that fits.” He coaxed her down the hallway after Persy. They crowded in front of the fifth door. They activated their amulets.
After more than 3 decades as an alternative health care practitioner, I finally managed to start devoting some serious time to my secret love--fantasy fiction.
I've always loved fantasy, magic and mythical kingdoms. We home-schooled our kids and lived on a 100 acre farm..which had about twenty-five acres in forest.
We'd make up stories and adventures..lots of fairies, witches, wizards, etc.
Now, all these years later, I've started on my nine-book, three trilogy magical series...The Persephane Pendrake Chronicles and have released Books 1, 2 and 3... The Cimaruta, The Cauldron of Ceridwen and Lapis Draconis.
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Quirky should be my middle name. I break every rule in the book when it comes to how I live life. I home birthed and home schooled my two kids, was an alternative health practitioner for over three decades, spend 90% of my time alone, working on my books and fantasy art and love every minute.
Why do you use the author name ‘Lady Ellen’?
I was a Chiropractor/homeopath/Functional Medicine practitioner all my professional life. For whatever reason, many of my patients were devout Christians and they often are not fond of witch/wizard, magic stories. So I needed to separate the two parts of me. My kids came up with the pen name. My middle name is Ellen.
What are your pet peeves?
Injustice, number one. Picking on or bullying those who can’t defend themselves. Animals and children are the worst victims for me. They are helpless in our society and need 100% support from all of us in my way of thinking.
What are you passionate about these days?
Clean organic food, NO GMO’s. The end to corporate greed in agriculture and our forests. Should be available to all. A few generations ago, all food was raised safely. We need to get back to that.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
January 2007, when I wrote the first three chapters of Book One - The Cimaruta. I’d put a pie in the oven and sat down at my computer and it poured out. I’d been thinking about the story for a couple of months and the fact there would be nine books. But that day, I knew it was time to start. So I did. I sent it to the kids and they came back, “Where’s the rest?” And a writer was born. Oh, and I burned that poor pie.
Which of your novels can you imagine being made into a movie?
Book Three - Lapis Draconis. By the time that book was done, there was substantial background on Persy and her allies and now they were at the Illuminary Incantorium, their magical college. This is when the real action and magic starts, under the guidance of the masters and professors here. Also, Carnifex the dragon is now part of the story.
Do you believe in magic?
Absolutely. It’s simply another energy field and can be manipulated with work and practice.
What Inspired You To Write The Books:
I have always been fascinated with magic and the occult. I’m a voracious reader and even as a young teen read everything I could find in this genre. I woke up one day with the idea of a child being brought to this human realm from under a waterfall. We lived in a magical part of Ontario, about 3 hours north of Toronto filled with forest and clean lakes. That became the background to where Persephane grew up. I research endlessly, but essential the stories keep coming out. I’ve learned to relax and allow that to happen.
What can we expect from you in the future?
The Persephane Pendrake Chronicles will be a nine book series, so I will continue that until complete. I have thought of a couple of side stories along the way, but have not committed to that yet. I have an idea I’m playing with for a more adult series with a retired woman who is a whiz at forensic science. We’ll see.
Can You Tell Us About The Characters?
Persephane Pendrake is my lead character. A coming of age, thirteen-old witch whose powers a steadily increasing. She’s ready to Time-Linx and begin her destined quests to find the Nine Magical Objects. Her main comrade in arms is Thaddeus, a talented wizard, about a year older than her. Her best friend is Rix (Erika). Darson is added in Book Two and Hayden in Book Three.
Who Designs Your Book Covers?
I do. I do all my own art for the site and the books. You can see most of it at Persy’s site: http://persephanependrake.com
What did you enjoy most about writing the books?
The puzzles and cryptic codes. I love devising things for the gang to solve and reveal. I encourage readers to try to figure these out before reading on for the answers. Great fun.
Do your characters hijack the story or do you have reign over them?
They certainly do. They’re minxes like that. I’ll sit to write a scene and it can often turn out totally different than what I had in mind. Happens all the time.
Who are your favourite authors?
Too many to list, really, but as a start: JK Rowling (of course), Deborah Harkness, MJ Rose, Patrick Rothfuss, Tolkien, Daniel Silva, James Rollins, Sarah J Maas, VE Schwab, and many, many more.
How long have you been writing?
Fiction, for eleven years. But all through my career, I’ve written for health magazines, my websites, guest posts on other health sites, etc. Forever, really.
Pen, Typewriter or Computer?
Pen and computer. I have large, leather bound journals my daughter has bought me over the years. They look like a prop from a Harry Potter movie. I love them. All the stories start in them and then are moved to Scrivener, the software I use to write the books.
A day in the life of this author?
I’m an early riser, usually at the computer or desk with coffee by 7 or so. I write when I’m brightest then around 1-2 pm will work on some fantasy art or possibly on social media things for Persy. It varies. I’m usually done by 3 when I’ll go out, walk or I love to cook - everything from scratch and organic.
What is your writing style?
I decide on that the challenges will be in the book I’m working on, then research those. I’ll outline loosely, knowing full well that the flow when actually writing will change. Those sneaky characters, again. Before beginning to write the story, I will have devised the puzzles and answers so they’re ready when I am.
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