"Once upon the time, in an age of the world quite unlike our own, a little wood-elf met a great wizard.
That they met is already a wonder, because their lives were very different, as was their magic. A wood-elf cannot thrive in the stone towers of the walled cities of men, and the wizard did not care much for the whispering wilderness of the forest.
And yet, there was inside the elf's green soul an empty place of the exact same shape as the wizard's wry smile.
There was a long-lost song in the spiral of her ear that sang only for him, like the bramble rose, that deep in the tangled thorns of a forgotten garden, blooms only for the gold-ringed eyes of the blackbird.
In truth, he was her love and her destiny, and she had always ached for him, although she did not know it until the day she met him.
And this is the story of how they came to love each other"
In the whispering wilderness of the Sandoval forest, Dusk, an elusive wood-elf, is intent in preserving the fragile life of her hidden trees from the ravages of men, but once her natural green magic finds its match in the powerful wizardry of Juan Francisco Deva de la Torre Espinosa, Royal Astrologer and right hand of the Queen, her whole life changes course.
When their brief, sensuous starlit romance in the forest turns into a frightful quest in the bleak heart of the city, only the power of her wizard can save Dusk from the cruelty of men, and make a place where their love may blossom.
by Katherine Wyvern, with illustrations by flondo
Nightlingales, as I call it affectionately, is a love story. I don't refer only to the love story between the two characters but also to the love I have for a certain way of writing. I have always been fascinated by the language, the style and the traditional elements of fairy-tales, and the fairy-tale voice, as I call it, is the one that comes more natural to me. It is the voice that comes straight from my heart, without much brain intervention. Whether that is good or bad for a book I cannot say (I am going to find out soon, I guess), but it was the only possible voice for this particular story, which is, of all the things I ever wrote, my favourite.
I am tremendously happy to have had flondo onboard with this project of mine, not only in the making of the cover but of three fantastic illustrations which truly bring my world and my charachters to life. If you don't know who flondo is, I refer you to some of my older blog posts:
Very special thanks are due to Karyn White for her patient and sympathetic editing of all my books.
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