Taber, Kristen: Aerenden Series

April 15, 2014

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Aerenden Series

The Child Returns; The Gildonae Alliance; The Zeiihbu Master

by Kristen Taber

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Book One: The Child Returns

SMEDIA KIT Bk 1 The Child Returns Covereventeen-year-old Meaghan has no idea her perfect life has been a lie — until she witnesses her parents’ brutal murders at the hands of red-eyed creatures.

After nearly sharing their fate, she escapes with her best friend, Nick, who tells her the creatures are called Mardróch. They come from another world, and so does she. Now that the Mardróch have found her, she must return to her homeland of Ærenden or face death.

Left with little choice, she follows Nick into a strange world both similar to Earth and drastically different. Vines have the ability to attack. Monkeys freeze their victims with a glare. Men create bombs from thin air. Even Meaghan’s newly discovered empath power turns into a danger she cannot control.

But control becomes the least of her worries once the Mardróch begin targeting her. When Nick confesses he knows the reason they want her, she learns the truth behind the kingdom’s fifteen-year civil war — a long-buried secret that could cost Meaghan her life.

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Book Two: The Gildonae Alliance

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Several months after Meaghan’s return to Ærenden, the kingdom’s war has taken a turn for the worse. The Mardróch army hunts the new King and Queen, destroying villages in its wake. And Meaghan and Nick, training for battle in their remote section of wilderness, are far from safe. Danger hides in shadows and behind innocent faces. Allies become foes. Each day is a fight to survive. But in the end, only one threat matters. And it’s a threat they never see coming.

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Book Three: The Zeiihbu Master

MEDIA KIT Bk 3 The Zeiihbu Master CoverSeparated and on opposite sides of the kingdom, Nick and Meaghan face different pursuits which could change the balance of power in Ærenden forever.

While Nick trains the villagers to be soldiers, Meaghan and a small rescue party venture into Zeiihbu to find Faillen’s young son, before Garon can use the boy’s power to destroy those still fighting against his rule.

Everyone knows Meaghan could be on a suicide mission, but when Nick stumbles upon a secret concealed in one of the southern villages, he realizes that Garon might not be Meaghan’s greatest foe. The enemy most likely to kill her is someone who has also promised to keep her safe.

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EXCERPT:

Book Two: The Gildonae Alliance

Less than a quarter of a mile from their destination, the air took on the distinct smell of smoke. Although it started out faint, within a matter of minutes, Meaghan could see a heavy black cloud rolling toward them, chased by an unmistakable orange glow.

“Fire,” she started to warn Nick, but choked on the word before she could complete it. Nick glanced toward the advancing fury, grabbed her hand and pulled her along behind him, hastening their pace toward the cave.

It all seemed too familiar, like she had returned to the fire Cal had set in the field. But this time, though the sense of déjà vu made it seem surreal, she realized Cal’s power did not control it. They had no protection from the flames.

Her eyes stung. Her nose burned. She pulled the neck of her sweater over her mouth and breathed through it. It helped, but it would not keep her alive for long. They would only be safe when they reached the cave. Even if Cal had not yet arrived, they could teleport somewhere else. She did not care where, so long as they escaped the inferno chasing them.

She moved faster, watching Nick’s feet as the smoke grew thick, clouding her eyes. She recognized a boulder with a red vein running through it, and a stump shaped like a chair. They crossed the frozen stream, now trickling with new melt. A hundred yards remained. She could almost taste the clean air that would greet them when they found their way to the deeper caverns. The need drove her, and then something tugged at her awareness and she froze mid-stride.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

MEDIA KIT Author PhotoKristen spent her childhood at the feet of an Irish storytelling grandfather, learning to blend fact with fiction and imagination with reality. She lived within the realm of the tales that captivated her, breathing life into characters and crafting stories even before she could read. Those stories have since turned into over a hundred poems, several short tales, and five manuscripts in both the Young Adult and Adult genres. Currently, Kristen is completing the five-part Ærenden series from her home office in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

Website/Blog: www.kristentaber.com

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Buy Links for The Child Returns, Book 1

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0084UZ5GM/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0084UZ5GM&linkCode=as2&tag=sad06-20

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/aerenden-kristen-taber/1111767014?ean=2940044899988

Buy Links for The Gildonae Alliance, Book 2

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ5BEFI/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BQ5BEFI&linkCode=as2&tag=sad06-20

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/aerenden-kristen-taber/1114843982?ean=2940044371811

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13 Comments

  • bn100 April 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Interesting books

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    • Kristen Taber April 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to check them out!

  • momjane April 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    All these books have great covers. This sounds like a great series and I can hardly wait to read all of them.

    • Kristen Wood April 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks, momjane! I always love to hear what people think, so please let me know when you’re done reading 🙂

  • Elise-Maria Barton April 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    This sounds like an awesome fantasy read! Do you ever picture your books made into movies (I’m channeling The Neverending Story lol)? If, so what popular actors would you choose to play your characters?

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    • Kristen Wood April 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      I do; I really think the books would make great movies (But I suppose every author thinks that…lol), and that’s a question that I answer later in the blog tour for my leads, so I don’t want to spoil it. I will say that I keep waffling between some known actors for the main characters and casting those roles as new actors. I think maybe the latter would be my ideal in the end of it, with more famous people cast as supporting characters, though to be honest, I’m having trouble naming any; I see my characters as “them” and have trouble seeing actors as “them”. That said, I’m a huge Wil Wheaton fan, so I’d also have to come up with a character for him to play :D.

  • andra April 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

    How do you come up with the names for your world and characters? Do they have roots in other languages?

    • Kristen Taber April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Many of them do. I’m partial to researching Celtic names, since there are a lot of celtic undertones to the books. I also use Latin as a source for many names (Equus, Nick’s horse in Book 3, literally means horse in Latin). And some names are combinations from multiple languages, such as Aerenden and the Mardroch.

  • maggie steele April 15, 2014 at 7:13 am

    These books sound great!!

    • Kristen Wood April 15, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Thank you! I do hope you get the chance to check them out :).

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  • Kristen Taber April 15, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Thank you so much for featuring me. I’ll be hanging around today if anyone has any questions :).

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