“Anyone who wants to believe in good overcoming evil, in love overcoming hate, and the strength and power of honesty, and with completeness in finding a soul mate brings, would enjoy this book, along side a cracking novel of mystery, magic and suspense.” — Publishers Weekly
“I found myself so lost in the story, that the words became invisible on the page.” –Lilian Roberts
“It’s a worthy read for mature audiences, and fantasy buffs will find The Queen’s Curse an enjoyable addition to their collection.”–The New York Times
When Commander Tirsa Lathabris finds out about her younger brother’s death sentence she is determined to face the mysterious Queen Artride.
But Tirsa’s attack has an unexpected outcome. Instead of being imprisoned she is soon chosen to be Artride’s only bodyguard on a perilous secret mission!
Why and how?
The two women set out on their quest and have to work their way through their difficulties whilst trying to fight the undeniable chemistry between them and everything along the way.
Will they find the much needed sorceress – and if so- will she be willing to help them? For what price? Will they be back in time to save Tirsa’s brother?
Enter the world that is ‘The Queen’s Curse’ and cling to Artride and Tirsa to experience a mind-blowing, heart gripping, psychological fantasy adventure where nothing is certain.
“A well-constructed sword-and-sorcery novel.
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“Hellenthal has mastered the epic and her characters grow as the story unfolds with rare humanity. For a first book, the author succeeds exceptionally well in setting a serious tone with epic scope. Her fantastical elements and her characters romp around in their internally consistent other world on a magical quest that intrigues and inspires while laying bare the depths of her characters’ emotions.”
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What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This was my debut novel, written to fill the need for adventurous, epic f/f fantasy stories. The characters are realistic enough with their own problems and flaws so they are easy to relate to and the themes described are the same as we face today such as injustice, prejudice and ignorance. Furthermore, I wanted to write a story that doesn't just deal with good versus evil, but the good in evil and the bad in good, and the grey areas in between.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
They came to me when I woke up from a dream and they started to come to life slowly as they wanted to be heard. I just wrote it down what they had to tell. They might be versions of myself, but all very different! There will be a sequel out!
‘Curses can be broken,’ Tirsa said suddenly. ‘I have heard about that fro−’ she shut her mouth quickly, for she had almost told the queen about her friends the Woodchildren who knew old magic. ‘It’s a magic spell so there must be a way to break it, even if it seems unbreakable,’ she added quietly.
Artride stood. She felt too tense to sit. Instead, she paced around the room.
‘I agree, but my father and I have tried everything to disable it: burning, ripping every page out, burying it in the deepest holes, and widest seas. Every thought imaginable; but nothing worked. Every time it simply returns unharmed to its own locked room in the castle,’ she pointed out, gesturing with her hands. ‘The only sorcerer who could have helped me, tell me if there is a way to break it, a counter spell, anything, is the one who put it there in the first place. He is long dead. So, I'm on my own. We are dealing with strong Dark Magic here and I believe the only way to defeat it is with magic. Fire with fire, so to speak.’
‘Yes! So there must be wizards who could work out a spell against it, or at least advise you how to break it,’ Tirsa agreed.
The Queen walked in circles around her, in order to think, but it made Tirsa’s head spin.
‘I have traced down every known wizard and sorcerer. However, being unable to tell them, without them dropping dead on the scene, it was most difficult. I had to show them the book eventually, after warning them to protect themselves with every spell known to them. Most had a hard time fighting the curse, and some died,’ Artride announced sadly.
‘When only seeing the book?’ It is that powerful?
Tirsa swallowed hard.
The Queen nodded.
‘I have tried many ways to have them make a spell which could remove the curse. Without exactly telling or showing them the kind of curse, but that didn’t work either.’ The Queen rolled her eyes upwards in an appealing way.
‘Every bit of information or insinuation I made was already telling and therefore lethal,’ she added.
‘Couldn’t they guess, I mean, knowing our country and its history?’ I probably should have known too.
There was a moment of silence. It grew very quiet in the Tower Room with Tirsa feeling very much aware of the presence of the charismatic queen whom she began to respect more now that she knew more. Artride was not such a mystery to her anymore, and she imagined many people would want to change boots with Tirsa.
Well, not exactly right now,
Thinking about her brother Tirsa said, ‘I wish I had warned my brother of the law system of Ceartas in more detail than I did. I remember I did tell him about the Holy Oak tree though, and its importance to the Royal Family. I assumed he understood the consequences when violating the tree.’
‘Well, he is still a child.’
‘I didn’t even know about a death penalty relating to that tree!’ Tirsa remarked upset.
I have been away too long.
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