“A novel that celebrates life and love the way only the best fantasy tales can.” -Kirkus Reviews
SEEKING LOVE, REVENGE, AND A CURE FOR DEATH…
In this thrilling fantasy adventure, sixteen-year-old Tessa Skye shapeshifts into a sparrow using a windrider—a forbidden magical amulet. When she accidentally reveals herself to the wicked Conjurer Lord Fellstone, the tyrant has her papa killed. Overcome by guilt and remorse, Tessa sets out for the castle to steal Fellstone’s Dreadmarrow, his most prized magical artifact, which has the power to restore life. She’s joined by Calder, searching for his lost love, and Ash, whose growing attraction to Tessa distracts from his plan to avenge his murdered twin.
DREADMARROW THIEF is an enchanting coming-of-age story about a girl who seeks to wield great power, only to learn it comes at a terrible price.
“The quest narrative is exciting and compelling… a work of classic fantasy.” -The BookLife Prize
by Marjory Kaptanoglu
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a young adult read with a medieval setting, a mystery surrounded by magic and the first book in a new series. I just loved the opening chapter in this story which reveals so much about the path that the story is going to take. There is a very clear good guys bad guys boundary set out from the start, even the woods changed with the darkness that they held. One error would put a wicked magician into top gear to regain all the magical power in the land and a young girl and her father in grave danger.
Tess’s fate and that of her friends were tied from things that had happened in the past and now Calder and Ash had promised to help her find a very powerful artifact in the magician’s castle. This was Lord Fellstone’s prize posession, as it could not only heal, it could give life back to a dead person.
This is a cracking adventure of discovery for all the three of them. I have to admit though to feeling a little sorry of Lord Fellstone as times. Yes OK he is a bit of a bad ass but the guy had lost a lot too. There are some pretty wicked creatures in the book that one or another come across and have to fight to survive. Not all is as it first seems though with lots of little twists to keep the reader very entertained.
I really liked the back drop stories of Calder and Ash that gave them reasons for making the journey to the castle themselves too. Both have very touching and sad pasts that gave them a feeling of guilt that they hadn’t done enough at the time. Now they had unfinished business themselves to resolve at the castle too.
The story deals with so many issues about love, loss, family and friendship. A book that could be read as a stand alone but I am very fascinated to see where it will take me next.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marjory Kaptanoglu is a produced screenwriter and novelist. The indie films based on her scripts have screened at international film festivals, including Santa Barbara, Woodstock, San Diego, Nashville, and Cinequest. Her screenplays have won First Place awards at the Slamdance Film Festival, Table Read My Screenplay, the International Horror & Sci-fi Film Festival, and the Harlem International Film Festival, and have been recognized by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. She co-wrote the feature film, SLANDER, a political thriller adapted from Christopher Bram’s novel, GOSSIP, currently in pre-production.
Marjory Kaptanoglu’s debut novel, DREADMARROW THIEF, is a semifinalist in the 2017 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Novel-in-Progress category, under its previous title, FELLSTONE. The screenplay version of the novel won the Grand Prize in the 2016 Cynosure Screenwriting Awards.
Before turning to writing, Marjory worked as a software engineer at Apple Computer, where she designed the text-editing software for early versions of the Macintosh. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English.
Marjory writes in many genres, probably because she also loves reading different genres. What she looks for is a good story, well-told and well-written.