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THE KALDALANGRA SERIES
by Kristi Strong
A Note From Kristi
Hi everyone, and thank you so much to Elaine for having me here!
The Land of Kaldalangra is a place filled with mystery, deceit, and terror. Yet, it is also a land of unquenchable hope, filled with people who have the ability to change their futures, if only they can remember that they have the strength to do so.
There are many distinct areas that have developed in the land of Kaldalangra. The court itself, home to the royal family, the wealthy, and those who serve. Then there is Asimina, a once thriving village that has been decimated by the tyranny of the king. Albadarl is more protected, as the woods surrounding the village keeps intruders out, and holds magical secrets within its depths. Then there is the village of Kylassame, a quaint and ragtag place pieced together by people who had fallen into the realm of Kaldalangra, a mixing of their realm and ours.
The best thing about this series is that they don't need to be read in order. Each book has its own story, with a beginning, conclusion, and end. While a reader will probably have more fun reading them in order (and knowing all of the backstory and inside jokes), it's not necessary to enjoy the story. While these books are New Adult , all of the books are appropriate for Young Adults, and teenaged readers tend to enjoy Soul of Asimina the best.
The Lady of Steinbrekka started out with a very strange dream, where I had fallen through a glass-enclosed tunnel and found myself in the middle of a castle, where my best friend had been turned into royalty, but not the noble kind. I started writing down this story, and it began to grow, and grow, and grow.
Heart of Kylassame came from a need to tell the "after" story, both in its glory and its downfall. Pure happy endings so very rarely occur, and I wanted to show readers not only what happens when a land recovers from great evil, but how even the most seemingly insignificant of events can bring the strongest of individuals to their knees.
Soul of Asimina was born with the need to vindicate a character, to tell his side of the story, as well as bring the readers twenty years into the future. This story took on a life of its own, and my original plot notes are completely different than what actually made it into the book. These characters are very strong willed teenagers and young adults, and wouldn't even let me hold them back from impacting the world.
Coming in 2015, the fourth book in the series, tentatively titled Jewel of the Court, will take place two years after Soul of Asimina and focus on the youngest child of the royal family. This book will take readers deep into the court, back to the land of Albadarl, and into some places that no one in Kaldalangra has ventured in decades. While the level of fantasy withdrew a bit in the second and third book, it will emerge in full force as Katrina discovers the power she has inside.
Thanks again for having me, and I hope you enjoy the Land of Kaldalangra series!
Rhea Aralia lived an uneventful life in Virginia, until the fateful night of her kidnapping. Taken to a strange realm of destruction, despair, and mysterious people with dark secrets, the young woman must learn a new way of life to survive.
With the help of her new companions, Rhea discovers the courage to defy the tyrant King Verikhan and his heir, the cleverness to deceive the court, and the power within herself to transform this world of darkness into one of beauty and hope.
Will Rhea triumph over those who seek her destruction, or will she be forever lost in the darkness known as Kaldalangra?
Join Rhea as she fights to take destiny back into her own hands.
Heart of Kylassame
It has been two years since the reign of the tyrannical King Verikhan has ended, and the realm of Kaldalangra flourishes.
Nyssa has taken her place as Queen of the realm, with her secret love, Sebast, now openly at her side. She rules with a fair hand, striving for justice and prosperity for all of her people.
Rowan and Rhea travel the realm, spreading peace and healing wherever they go. In Kylassame, they have formed a strong bond with friends and spread deep roots in the community.
The people of Kaldalangra are joyful, and life in their world is better than ever before.
But a string of tragedies has the ability to bring Rhea to her knees, and with her, the entire realm. While Rowan struggles to recover the village of Kylassame from a devastating crime, Rhea’s faith in her own strength weakens, with dire consequences.
Re-enter the world of Kaldalangra, and join the adventure as Rhea and Rowan endeavor to continue upon their chosen destiny.
Soul of Asimina
In the land of Kaldalangra, one woman stands at a crossroads
Sabina de Nespa has known a life of freedom and peace, thanks to the actions of her heroic parents. As a child of royalty, she has kept her intentions pure and her heart guarded, always aware that the crown of the realm may one day rest upon her brow.
When two strangers stumble across her path, she finds her peace shattered as dangerous family secrets begin to emerge, along with a malignant force that threatens to destroy her entire world. These men have the ability to help her rise to brilliant heights, or cause a devastating plunge into darkness.
It is now up to Sabina to continue her parents’ legacy of honor, courage, and strength through adversity. With the fate of Kaldalangra upon her shoulders, she has vowed to follow the path of righteousness, or die trying.
The Lady of Steinbrekka
Rhea threw up her hands in defense as she saw the man smile. “Hello, little mouse.”
She bolted out of her hole, too frightened to know if she was heading away from the door or towards safety. Direction did not matter; all that mattered was getting away from the person who pursued her. The un-swept floors threatened to betray her as her sneaker soles slid on the years of sand and dirt. She turned the corner as the second man stepped into the aisle, then tripped over a box as she quickly backed up.
“What do you want? I have money, take it, it’s yours.”
The man gave a hollow laugh that echoed off the walls of the basement. Rhea grabbed an old volume off the shelf and threw it at him, using the precious seconds of confusion to force her feet to move and run down the next aisle. She could see the main aisle, could see freedom streaming through the door and took a precious second to inhale for a scream of help. A large hand clamped across her mouth, an arm lifted her from the ground and took that precious freedom away.
“It is not worth it to struggle, little one. You have no chance of winning.”
Rhea caught a finger between her teeth and bit down hard, wildly kicking her feet out to try to contact any body part of her assailant. She growled, “It’s always worth trying.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Fixing broken computers, wrangling a very spirited little toddler, and creating a world with a tyrant king, are all parts of the average day for Kristi Strong. While she has called Virginia her home for two decades, her head has rested in two countries, three states, and far too many houses to count. She was more than happy to give up her nomadic lifestyle and settle down with her husband, daughter, cat and chinchilla.
While attending James Madison University, she was given the rare opportunity to work as part of an archaeological team on a variety of dig sites in Virginia, including the homes of former Presidents, James Madison and George Washington, civil war sites such as The Stevens’ House and Fort Evans Mississippian Encampment, and a variety of pre-historic hunting sites and camps.
Kristi now uses her extensive studies in human cultures to create her own world in her fantasy novels, beginning with her debut novel, The Lady of Steinbrekka, and continuing with Heart of Kylassame and Soul of Asimina.
Connect with Kristi
The Lady of Steinbrekka
Heart of Kylassame
Soul of Asimina
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