Delighted to welcome Freya Pickard to the Cafe and Bookstore with her books and today I am featuring with her recent release The Butterfly Tree & other stories (Dragonscale Diffusions Book 2)
About the collection
Five tales from the land of Nirunen.
Five tales out of legend and ancient mythology.
Five tales of men and women who are not yet heroes.
Five tales of fabulous creatures and monsters.
Five tales from history in a world very different from our own.
Three women … Escaping from the harsh demands of society. Refusing to live their lives according to the rigid rules of narrow-minded villages and towns. Slipping out of the clutches of tyrannical men and discovering who they really are. These are tales of women who are not strong warriors or sexual predators.
Spend a while with Eran, a man despised, who cannot lead the life he wants because of a disability. Meet Lored, a taku-kevir who experiences life as a series of tests …
Mermaids, monsters, unicorns and butterflies. Nirunen is a place to face your worst nightmares and to live your most delightful dreams.
Head over to buy the book: Amazon US
And: Amazon UK
A selection of other books by Freya Pickard
One of the reviews for The Rusalka Ritual
“The Rusalka Ritual and Other Stories” is a selection of 5 short fantasy stories, all featuring the formidable Dracomagan, in some places a warrior woman in a fantasy world, in others an apparently normal(ish) woman in this world, but always an important and powerful figure.
The stories range from atmospheric and tantalizingly fragmented (“Echo Peak”), to creepily fey (“The Rusalka Ritual”), to zanily off-the-wall (“A Picnic at Knole”). It’s never made clear if Dracomagan is the same person, or who exactly she is or how she inhabits different worlds; all the stories are open-ended and leave much up to the reader to decide. If you (like me) enjoy that kind of thing, you will probably enjoy the way the stories work together to create a picture of a world (or worlds) and character (or characters), but if you require your stories to be neatly wrapped up with a bow at the end, this is probably not the collection for you.
Along with Dracomagan, several of the stories feature other interesting female characters, making this a worthwhile read for people looking for some female-focused fantasy. The stories are quite short, meaning that you do no more than dip your toes and whet your appetite for the intriguing world the author has created, but it’s a fun introduction and could be good reading for fantasy fans looking to catch a quick fantasy fix on the bus or over lunch, without worrying about getting lost in the kind of complex epic narratives the genre favors. A charming quick read of slightly off-beat fantasy.
Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US
About Freya Pickard
Freya Pickard is the Author of The Kaerling series, an epic fantasy set in the strange and wonderful world of Nirunen. She writes mainly fantasy tales, with some poetry thrown in, whilst juggling with running a Bed & Breakfast and trying to read as many books as she can. She has published 13 e-books and 6 paperbacks so far. Having survived cancer, Freya is not afraid to explore the darkness and finds her inspiration in the ocean, beautifully written books and vinyl music. When she has time, she likes to bake bread and is learning how to sketch the characters from her stories!
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It would be great if you could share Freya’s books. thanks Sally