|Kindred and Wings
is coming out August 6. Philippa Ballantine's first Shifted World novel, Hunter and Fox
, was called "a worthy feat
of world-building" by the Miami Herald
To celebrate what Booklist
calls a "well-imagined" world, Pyr is offering Dragonsoul
, a FREE EBOOK short story
written by Philippa Ballantine and set in this same world. Click to download the free epub of Dragonsoul
today, and enjoy what RT Book Reviews
calls a "fascinating new world, peopled by characters you will genuinely care about."
On the back of the dragon Wahirangi, Finn the Fox flees the world he has known. As he sets out to find the brother he never knew of, he still holds in his heart the memory of the Hunter. He has denied his love for her, but he cannot deny it forever.
In the halls of the Last Believers, Talyn begins to uncover her own mysteries, but her
lust for the death of the Caisah is still strong and clouds her vision. She must choose
her path, as the Seer of her people or as the assassin of the overlord.
Meanwhile, Byre, Talyn's brother, must venture into the fiery world of the Kindred, to
rebuild the pact that his ancestors made. He will risk everything he is as he forms a new pact that will change his people forever.
Dragons and myths will be reborn, as the Hunter and her Fox face each other once more.
Praise for Philippa Ballantine:
"I really enjoy this author's work! She's pretty much on my must-buy list..."
-Felicia Day, creator, writer, and star of the web series "The Guild"
Praise for Hunter and Fox:
"Ballantine has written a well-imagined novel, challenging in parts. She does not hold readers' hands through that world but, rather, trusts her storytelling ability and unfolds her world little by little as the novel advances."
-Booklist spotlight on science fiction and fantasy
"Ballantine draws readers into a fascinating new world, peopled by characters you will genuinely care about. In this first volume of the Shifted World series, she draws from classic fantasy traditions but makes them wholly her own.... Talyn is a heroine to cheer for and treasure."
-RT Book Reviews (4/5 stars: Compelling)
"[A] worthy feat of world-building, with Ballantine cleverly giving
new clothes to old fantasy tropes so that those familiar trappings
(recognizable only under close scrutiny) come across fresh and wondrous....
a recommended read for any fantasy fan."
"[Ballantine] has more to offer than the usual fantasy author.
A very complex back story is partly revealed in this book, the first
in a multi-volume series, and the characters have more nuance than
in most stories set in pre-industrial worlds with plenty of magic."
-San Jose Mercury News
"Writing in a rich prose style, Philippa Ballantine has created
some memorable characters who must explore who they are and
decide what they can become. It all builds to a wonderful cliffhange
r ending and I've already ordered my copy of the next in the series."
-San Francisco Book Review