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A fresh new voice

23 May, 2022

A fresh new voice in the fantasy genre with a style and skill reminiscent of Ursula K le Guin.

Wow! That’s how one reader describes me, the author of Elkadanu!

“This is one of those fantasy series that flies under the radar and really should have a wider audience. Freya has a real command of the written word and her pacing and beats flow perfectly, making the story a very pleasant read and the world an even greater pleasure to visit…”

Doesn’t that make you want to read Elkadanu?

Read the rest of the review from Chris S here at Amazon. And don’t forget to download YOUR copy of Elkadanu on Kindle UK, Kindle US, Kobo, Nook, iBooks and lots of other online stores!

What’s Elkadanu about, you ask? As Lored attempts to investigate the truth of the charges brought against Rue, the herb woman, Tari tries to hide her insecurities and doubts behind a facade of serenity.

Discover more HERE!

Elkadanu

15 May, 2022

It’s here! You can now read Elkadanu at iTunes, Kobo and Nook as well as on Kindle!

Tari held the divining rod in her hands, feeling the peeled bark beneath her fingers. She walked slowly up and down on the short turf, all her senses open to the slightest quiver in her hands. Nothing.

As she walked, she imagined she was Undine, priestess of Aqua, who had been her protector, confidant and guide for nearly a year. Undine had been tall and slender and serene. Tari was not tall and was curvy, rather than slim and, until recently, hadn’t felt serene at all. However, the treu-priestess had learnt, that by just pretending to be Undine, she could feel calm and confident, and that, in turn, encouraged other people to think she was serene.

This was especially important in the Cathair on Kiros where everyone looked at Tari all the time. Her relationship with the Queen was secure but Tari couldn’t afford to let anyone else know how terrified she was of this role that Lored, the taku-kevir had thrust upon her.

Tari paused at the edge of the hill and set the forked hazel stick on the ground, releasing her fingers, flexing her wrists. She stared out over the land and sea, looking down at the Cathair below. From here, the castle looked small; the tops of grey walls and slate roofs were dull beneath the clouded sky. A pale road wound through the town below the Cathair, ending at the harbour with toy-size boats and ships at anchor. The ocean appeared flat and grey and stretched out in a large curve towards the far horizon. To the west, green, wooded hills cast shadows towards the castle, and, to the east, farmland gave way to a distant darkness that Tari assumed was the Wild Wood.

Above is a short extract from Elkadanu, which is being launched TODAY! It’s available at a multitude of book stores, including iTunes, Nook & Kobo and is also available on Kindle at ALL marketplaces.

Watch the Book Trailer HERE!

If you have a Spotify account you can listen to my playlist for Elkadanu HERE!

“This is a fantastic read. The characters are all well drawn and the landscape through which the characters move is just right – familiar and easily imaginable, yet quite magical as well.” W Thomas

Coming Soon!

1 May, 2022

Elkadanu, Volume 9 of The Kaerling, will be available to purchase on 15th May!

Above is my own interpretation of the book and below, is the book cover! What do you think?

“The character development is nicely handled. Tari is maturing into her role, but I like that she still has certain insecurities and doubts which she tries to hide behind the priestessy exterior she thinks she should have. This makes her a very real character and one we can easily identify with. We all put on a front to some degree, I think. Lored, too, comes across as a complex and sympathetic character. I’m looking forward to seeing how the relationship between him and Tari plays out in the future. Rue, too, is very well-drawn, as are the Queen and the cast of supporting characters.” W Thomas

What does Elkadanu mean? How will Tari cope with her doubts and insecurities? And will Lored be able to find enough evidence to free Rue, the herb woman, from prison?

Find out in ….

Fair Wind

15 January, 2022

Fair Wind is officially launched today!

Otta heard wood squeaking against wood. Around her, beams contracted and groaned. Something outside thumped against the wooden wall at her head with regular monotony, making her skull ache. The darkness was red-black and flickered with fluctuating light.

The air she breathed stank of fish, sweat, vomit and excrement and her lips tasted of salt and bile. Her body was bruised as though she had been fighting a kaerling for an entire day; every muscle screamed with tightness and pain and her stomach felt empty. Empty was good, she told herself.

Across the room she heard a groan and someone retched. Not again! What did he have left to throw up? She thought about lifting her hands to her ears to block out the noise but her arms felt too heavy and for some reason, her body did not respond. The sounds of vomiting ceased and the sharp stink of bile made her gag convulsively.

Otta swallowed hard, feeling how rough and sore her mouth and throat were. For the first time in hours, she wasn’t feeling nauseous. Did that mean she was over the sickness that had suddenly assailed her?

Her narrow bunk lurched suddenly and she felt as though she might fall out. But the plank at the side kept her from tipping onto the floor. Her stomach curdled as the room righted itself and she concentrated on not feeling sick. Tentatively, she opened her eyes.

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Above is an extract from my latest e-book, Fair Wind.

Can the companions conceal Otta’s kaerling heritage when they land on the Isle of Kiros? And, how will Lored find the herb woman who has the remedy he and Otta will need when they set sail again in pursuit of the kaerlings? Find out in Fair Wind!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It’s a beautifully written story and I find all of the characters interesting. The descriptions, particularly of the sea voyage, were fabulous. I can feel myself being present in the places described. There are lots of hints of problems to come and foreshadowing which all adds to a sense of mystery.” E Baxter

Fair Wind is discounted to just 99p / 99c until 21 January 2022 so grab it now before the price goes up at Amazon and Other Online Stores.

Watch the book trailer HERE!

And, if you enjoy listening to Author Playlists, you can access my playlist for Fair Wind at Patreon if you donate $1 or more per month. (If you sign up to donate before 31st January, you’ll be able to access the playlist on or soon after 1st February once your first payment has been received).

I wish you much joy and entertainment as you read Fair Wind!

Coming Soon!

1 January, 2022

Fair Wind will be launched on 15th January 2022!

Lored and his companions are on a rescue mission but first they have to endure a sea voyage.

wooden vessel ploughs
parts the surging ocean deep
pale foam in her wake

haiku © Freya Pickard 2022

Fair Wind is the eighth volume in The Kaerling series. Not started this series yet? Why don’t you give it a go with a FREE download of Silver Fire! The Kaerling series is available on Kindle and at iTunes, Kobo and Nook.


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