Having finally recovered from the celebratory launch of Treason, Treason! I floated back to Earth and began paying attention to the world around me. Since I can’t do anything about Russia, Ukraine, or the Muddle East, I focused on local issues. And the best bit of news I found is that Kathi Schwengel, a wonderful writer pal, is on the brink of releasing her new novel, Emergence.
Why is this exciting news? Because Kathi is a helluva writer, and her work deserves to be seen by anyone who enjoys a well-written fantasy. I know what went into this book, because I was fortunate enough to be one of her first readers. This lady knows how to tell a story!
Emergence is the second book in Kathi’s fantasy series, Darkness & Light. And just like volume one, First of Her Kind, Emergence doesn’t pull any punches. There are good guys and bad guys, and readers won’t have any trouble telling them apart. There’s romance, intrigue, and of course the Big Three in Fantasy: danger, delusion, and deception. You’ll find plenty of all three, and a whole lot more in Emergence. (I wish I could show you the full cover art, but it’s not mine to reveal. Fortunately, it’s available for viewing on Kathi’s website, which you can get to by clicking here. She’s also posted the first chapter.)
For those of you who need a little more to go on, here’s the blurb for Emergence you’ll soon see when you go looking to buy your next great read:
The battle for Ciara’s power has drawn the full attention of the Emperor and the Imperial Mages, forcing Bolin to put duty above safety and take her to Nisair. It won’t be an easy trip, even with an Imperial escort and a Galysian elder accompanying them. Especially since Donovan has found himself some new allies, one of whom wields a dark magic that has literally gotten under Bolin’s skin.
For Ciara, coming to terms with the increasingly tangible manifestation of her power could destroy her. Even if they make it to Nisair–something that grows more unlikely by the day–there is no surety of safety for Ciara, or any of them. Not with Donovan willing to gamble everything to achieve his goals, or Bolin’s uncharacteristically reckless behavior, the result of which is the attention of something that has everyone worried.
Loyalties will be tested, lives will be lost, and no one will emerge unchanged as they find things are not always so clear on the line dividing Darkness and Light.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and spending years working as a freelance artist, grocery clerk, art teacher, graphic designer, stable hand, advertising account coordinator, dog trainer, and process technician (among other things), Kathi answered the call of her writing muse. When not writing, she trains and trials working Australian Shepherds, does still painting, and dabbles in photography and graphic design. And in her free time– No. Wait. Free time? What free time?
Oh, and she likes Guinness. So, if you’ve got a barn to rebuild or a book to launch, having someone like Kathi Schwengel there to help out is a HUGE bonus.
So, look for Emergence, which should be out in another week or so. If you get impatient, grab a copy of First of Her Kind so you can hit the ground running when the sequel finally arrives.