THE MINSTREL’S SONG SERIES

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When Dark Warriors invade her country, it is up to Princess Kamarie to seek out the legendary king’s warrior and request his aid. The feisty princess has spent her life dreaming of adventure and is thrilled to be tasked with such a quest. There’s only one thing that can dampen her excitement: Oraeyn. The squire views his task of protecting the princess on her journey as an inglorious assignment and makes no attempt to hide his disappointment.

The adventure merely begins, however, when they meet Brant: a warrior with a mysterious past. He joins their cause readily, his heart smoldering with a vendetta Kamarie cannot completely understand and is not sure she trusts. But whether she trusts him or not, the hope of their world rests on the steel he wears at his side…

“I love a book that you can read over a period of at least a week during lunch breaks. This author enriches my life and makes working for the man a bit more bearable. OK, a lot more bearable. Now, if I could only figure out how to get into one of these adventures…”

“I loved how the story is told. You read about the different characters and the different stories one at the time. And little by little everything starts to fall in their place to create a whole magical place where everything can happen.”

 

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In an attempt to manipulate the future, a family and a nation are forced to decide between two brothers. Guided by a prophecy spoken hundreds of years before, the King and Queen of Llycaelon have set their course. Their goal: to fulfill the prophecy and save their nation from a dire fate.

Rhoyan has always understood and accepted his own role as second born and perpetual prince. He looks forward to the day when he will be a warrior in his older brother’s guard. When Rhoyan is sent on a quest filled with unimaginable danger, nobody anticipates the greater repercussions.

“Jenelle Leanne Schmidt knows how to interweave varying story-lines and the lives of different characters into a compelling and satisfying adventure.”

“Tellurae Aquaous has joined the ranks of Narnia and Middle Earth in my opinion. I love the adventure. Honestly, I love everything about this book!”

 

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The years of Oraeyn’s short rule have been peaceful, but now ominous nightmares plague his sleep and cling to him during his waking hours. When two of his most trusted advisors disappear without a trace and not even the power of dragons can locate them, the fell promise of the king’s nightmares becomes reality.

From the furthest reaches of the world, an ancient enemy stirs. Stretching beyond his crumbling prison walls, this foe seeks to bring life to the darkest of shadows. His army marches towards Aom-igh with deadly intent, threatening all Oraeyn holds dear.

Aided by dragons, and with the warrior Brant and Princess Kamarie at his side, Oraeyn must journey into the wilds of a forgotten realm. Trusting in the wisdom and skill of the enigmatic minstrel, Kiernan Kane, the companions race against time in search of Yorien’s Hand, a relic that may hold the power to save them all.

“I really love Jenelle’s story telling style. It reminds me a little of Tolkien and just fits fantasy perfectly. I always get pulled into her stories and I like to wander around her worlds visiting Dragons, going on quests. Her descriptions are enchanting. I always feel as if I am in her world, drawn in as if I’ve always lived there. She can bring scenes to life with vivid strokes. Her books are not only exciting but also pretty to read.”

“I really like Jenelle’s magical creatures and world-building. There’s a certain richness to it that lends a fantastic quality to these stories. I really enjoyed Yorien’s Hand and am looking forward to more books in the series.”

 

War threatens. The game board is set. But the Minstrel is missing…

Advancing his growing power, the Dread Prince breaks free of his prison and brings a faction of dragons under his control, stirring unrest and hatred in the newly united kingdoms of Tellurae Aquaous.

When the dragon wards of Kallayohm are targeted in a ruthless attack, the High King travels there to administer justice. But the trial results in a crippling blow that leaves him reeling.

On the heels of defeat, an unexpected message from the erstwhile Minstrel arrives, pleading with his friends for rescue. Together, the High King and his companions must follow the fragile trail, braving peril and darkness that will test the measure of them all…

“When I finished reading it, I made a lot of incoherent noises of happiness, and hugged my cat and my sister, and danced around, pretty much in the clouds. ^_^ And then I just wanted to curl up and hug the book (which is awkward when it’s on my laptop… *cough*), and feel HAPPY BOOKISH THOUGHTS and think about everything that happened in it, and basically be ABSURDLY PLEASED WITH LIFE.”

“Ms. Schmidt has a gift for painting full-scale worlds with unique cultures and compelling histories, a world so real I wish I could hop on a plane and go for a visit.”

“What a way to end a saga!”

 

Author note: During the first summer I was home from college, my dad gave me the best piece of writing advice I’ve ever gotten. He said, “If you want to be a writer, you need to be writing.” Then he challenged me to write an adventure tale for him to read out loud to the family, and told me he’d give me $1,000 if I finished the story by the end of the summer.

Book 4 signifies the culmination of a dream that began with my dad encouraging me to write a book, and a project that morphed into so much more than I expected. I only ever intended to write one book, but my family and first audience kept demanding, “More! More!” Thanks to a beautiful inspiration from Gordon Lightfoot’s “Minstrel of the Dawn,” the perfect ending finally came to being.