Darkness reigns unchallenged.
For the villagers on the accursed Island, life has only one meaning - death. Bound to the Island by the curse, the villagers suffer beneath the iron claw of the serpent, daily breathing the poison of his breath and dying to appease his insatiable appetite.
When Marya’s parents are slain by the serpent for their belief in a legendary king, she becomes an Outcast. Struggling to survive and avoid the vengeance of the Tribunal, Marya is torn between legend and the harsh reality of the Island. Yet when a forgotten promise springs to life, she cannot help wondering if the old stories might in fact be true. And if they are, will the promise prove stronger than the curse?
Coming March 15, 2015
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See the Book Trailer Today!
GILLIAN BRONTE ADAMS is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas and the dreamer behind the Songkeeper Chronicles. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist.
To find out more about Gillian Bronte Adams's books, visit www.OfBattlesDragonsandSwordsofAdamant.blogspot.com.
Gillian is offering a generous giveaway in honor of this book's upcoming release. Be sure to enter your name! And take a moment to congratulate her on this thrilling new release.
This book looks so cool!!!! I love reading(and writing!) About dragons! Thanks for the giveaway😁😁
Super excited for Out of Darkness Rising! It looks like it's going to be really good!
I really enjoyed "Orphan's Song", and so did my girls. She has an "earthy" feel and makes you feel part of the action sequences.
Go Gillian! : D
This looks amazing!
This sounds like a great series. Congrats on the new series.
Sounds like a wonderful new book! Exciting and intriguing!
As far as my favorite dragon from books, I really enjoyed HEARTLESS. :)
While I do adore tales of Goldstone Wood and the Dragon gives me shivers, I must say my favorite rendition of a dragon in literature would be Smaug.
Ooh, I am so excited for this book! I follow Gillian Bronte Adams' blog, and I really enjoy reading her posts, so I'm sure her books are just as enjoyable.
Such a beautiful cover!! <3 I haven't read many dragon books, but my favourite rendition is probably the series of dragons in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter". :)
My favourite literary rendition of a dragon would have to be Smaug from "The Hobbit"!
Thanks so much for the giveaway :)
Thanks so much for sharing this over here, Anne Elisabeth!
Congratulations on your new book and beautiful cover, Gillian. Your blog is followed here in our house, and I love your writing there, so I'm looking forward to your new book.
As for my favorite literary dragon, I would have to say Smaug, because he is classic, and Anne Elisabeth's The Dragon, because she characterized him so well.
I've been so excited for this book for such a long time!!! Hmm, favorite dragon? Well, I love Smaug, but my favorite now is probably Hri Sora, the Dragonwitch!!!!
Personally, I like the dragons in my my own story the best, lol.
Gillian, I had heard about Out of Darkness Rising before (either on your blog or maybe Go Teen Writers?), and I've been looking forward to its release. Looks wonderful--can't wait to read it!
Congratulations, Ms. Gillian. This sounds like such an exciting story. Did you encounter any particular challenges while writing it? Who is your favorite character? I also really enjoyed the trailer.
Favorite dragon. I'm so behind with stories featuring dragons, but I've read a few. Haven't read many stories with "good" dragons, but I know they abound. I still like the idea of dragons as classically evil for some reason. Besides all the dragon characters in Goldstone Wood, for whom I feel tremendous sympathy, (Rhi Sora especially), I'd say my favorite dragon is Vollys from Gail Carson Levine's The Two Princesses of Bamarre. She's evil and very lonely. She also has some humor.
Have a wonderful weekend.
This book looks fantastic. I can't wait to read it! :D
This looks so neat!! My favorite stories of Dragons are maybe a toss-up between Heartless and the Hobbit!
Out of Darkness Rising sounds amazing!! And yes, the cover is extraordinary! I truly am so excited to read it!!
Also can't wait to read Orphan's Song. Splendid covers, just splendid, :) :)
As for dragons... I enjoy reading about them however they're portrayed. Bad creatures (The Hobbit)... symbolizing a greater evil (Tales of Goldstone Wood)... or just intriguing, winged animals that fantasy characters ride (Ilyon Chronicles), :)
Blessings, Gillian, and keep writing!! :)
I love the cover of "Out of Darkness Rising", it is beautiful and intense. Congratulations! I haven't read any of Gillian's books yet but I want too.
I can't remember everything about it but I loved the series called "The Door Within" by Wayne Thomas Batson. It was filled with mystical creatures and dragons. I just started reading "The Hobbit" but from seeing the movies I think that Smaug is a good example of a scary but intriguing villain. And of course I love Anne Stengl's rendition of dragons in her book "Heartless". :)
This looks like a very neat book! I love books with dragons in them...
Gahh! This looks fantastic! Orphan's Song is on my to-read list, and I shall add this as well.
That book cover looks gorgeous! Now I really want to read more from Ms. Adams!
As for my favorite dragons, I've always been partial to the dragons found in Donita K. Paul's Dragon Keeper Chronicles. What's not to like about dragons that could fit in your pocket? Lol :-)
I love the cover - the way the dragon seems to be coming out of the water.
Nice cover. I like the book trailer, it makes me want to see this as a movie.
My favourite literary dragon is Toothless:) Though I like Smuag and Dragonwitch too
That is a GORGEOUS cover, Gillian! Who's the artist, if I may ask? And is this book connected to the Songkeeper Chronicles?
Oh, dragons, where do I start? I enjoy nearly every one I've come across! Many of the already mentioned ones make my top favorites list...the Goldstone Wood dragons, including THE Dragon; Smaug; Vollys... I also love Clefspeare (Dragons in Our Midst), Eustace as a dragon, and Saphira of the Inheritance Cycle is pretty good too. I also happen to love my own written dragons as well. :)
Anyway, this book looks amazing, and I'm eager to get my hands on it!
Congrats! I just ordered a copy of Orphan's Song and I'm so excited to read it! I've been wanting to for a while, now.
Favorite dragons... hmmm... well, in a cop-out answer, I am fairly partial to my own dragons. Particularly Yole.
In other literature, well, of course there's Smaug. I love the dragons from the Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. And I LOVE Kazul in The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede.
I also enjoy the dragons of the Goldstone Wood, of course, but they're so evil it's hard to LOVE them... it's more of a deliciously creepy, yikes! sort of appreciation than love. :)
"What is your favorite literary rendition of a dragon?"
Favorite...dragon...*blank face because there are so many to choose from ;)*
Well, I've always liked Cornelia Funke's dragons (as far as I can remember, they're all good dragons.) And Donita K. Paul's Bridger is tremendously endearing, along with all of the minor dragons. Those are all the good ones I can think of...oh, and of course, Toothless. :)
Smaug, Death-in-Life, Flame of Night, and Shruikan. To name just a few. ;)
I haven't read Orphan's Song yet (though I would love to :)). Is it necessary to read Orphan's Song before Out of Darkness Rising?
Thanks for the giveaway!
My favorite literary Dragon is either Anne Elizabeth's the Dragon or Tolkien's Smaug.
Your new novel sounds so exciting, Gilian :-). Congratulations on its publication!
I love Smaug best, I think =)
Oh, and I also like Eustace as a dragon ;)
Hmm, seems interesting and like it has some good themes...
This book sounds awesome.
Congrats! It looks amazing!
I have to say, my favorite literary dragon(s) would have to be Brian Davis's dragons in his "Dragons In Our Midst" series. But, I'm happy to welcome a new favorite dragon :)
This book sounds amazing! :) I cant wait to read it! I would have to say my favorite rendition of a dragon is from the Dragons in our midst series by Bryan Davis. And next would be any of the dragons from Goldstone Wood series!
@ Meredith: As far as challenges go, yes, I hit a few while writing Out of Darkness Rising. I originally wrote it as a short story and then realized there was more of the story I wanted to tell, but expanding it from a short story to a novella was a bit of a new challenge for me.
Picking a favorite character is always hard for me. I think I'll have to say Hadriel. She has such a fierce, adventure seeking spirit, but her desire for absolute freedom comes at a price. It's something I can relate to as well as I sometimes struggle with taming my desire for freedom and control of my own life with yielding to the Lord's guidance.
@Michelle Dyck: I love the cover! We came across the cover artist through a 99designs contest where he goes by the name Darko Tomic. Out of Darkness Rising is not related to the Songkeeper Chronicles, but I am working on the next book in that series right now. :)
@Merenwen: It's not necessary to read Orphan's Song first. Out of Darkness Rising is a standalone, so the two books aren't connected in any way. :)
Wow! Congratulations, Gillian. Your book looks amazing, and we definitely need more high fantasy books out there.
I'm always keeping an eye out for good Christian fantasy and this book sounds -- and looks -- fantastic.
Probably my favorite dragon in literature would be Smaug in The Hobbit. He made me shiver with delicious fear when I was a child. Also Eustace-dragon.... And then, of course, there's my own race of dragons... ^_^
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