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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Natsuya Uesugi to Stories That Make You Smile! Natsuya is here today celebrating the recent release of book 2 in his wonderful The Seer of Grace and Fire trilogy. He’s graciously brought along Ethesian to tell us about herself and her role in The Seer of Ice and Sky! 🌟

The Seer of Ice and Sky by Natsuya Uesugi

The Seer of Grace and Fire starts the dark fantasy trilogy reviewers have called “Enthralling” and “A beacon of light for readers young and old.” The series continues with release of The Seer of Ice and Sky book 2. Book 3 The Seer of Flesh and Death will be released early 2020.

Series: The Seer of Grace and Fire (book #2)
Publisher: Xlibris
Cover Artist: Natsuya Uesugi
Release Date: December 30, 2018
Length: Novel / 208 pages
Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): LGBT, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, LGBT Fantasy, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Non-Binary

It is not necessary to have read the first book in the series (but it doesn’t hurt).

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Blurb

Surviving the devastation of DarkFall, Timorn is now rightful King of Faerie. With evil lurking at the fringes between the kingdoms of the humans and the elves, the dark mage Dalannin travels to Dragonreise to forge an alliance with the Dragon King.

Timorn’s travelling party sets off on request from an elven emissary but dissent grows as the party passes through the human city of Ekhrine. As they stop at the Ecclesiastical University where the cleric Kabal translated The Legend of Arden prophesy, a demonic aura haunts their path.

Can Timorn forge an alliance with the dragons to ensure peace or will darkness drive a wedge between him and his magical twin Ethesian as they journey through the elven lands. Transgender heroine.

Series Blurb

A human cleric translating an elven prophesy must bring the work to the high court at Kannon in faerie before DarkFall, the solemn anniversary when all the male faerie newborns were murdered 17 years ago. If the translation does not arrive in time, all is lost. Timorn, a 17 year old ranger travels the human towns hiring out his services. A mysterious elven woman hires him to take her to Kannon before DarkFall, and only he can lead her with his purple faerie eyes.

The evil Valkyris is amassing an army to attack Kannon at DarkFall insisting she possess the prophesy. Sending her dark mage Dalannin to infiltrate faerie, he marches his demon hordes towards Kannon and sneaks into the palace. Ethesian, the 17 year old faerie daughter of King Ailon plays the dragon lyre, a female magic. Yet recently she has started having prophetic dreams as if she were male. When a lie is revealed, Ethesian is tasked to study magic she must master before DarkFall. Will Timorn reach Kannon before the Valkyris and Ethesian master a magic she shouldn’t possess? Secrets and lies, revelations and wizardry, DarkFall is coming and so too the reluctant faerie who would be king. Learn more in the first book of the dark fantasy trilogy, The Seer of Grace and Fire.

The Seer of Grace and Fire starts the dark fantasy trilogy reviewers have called “Enthralling” and “A beacon of light for readers young and old.” The series continues with release of The Seer of Ice and Sky book 2. Book 3 The Seer of Flesh and Death will be released early 2020.

Excerpt

Timorn squinted as he studied the elven emissary, Arhlamanel dressed in finery, yet his stance and mannerisms were less refined then Ihel’s. He sensed deception. His ranger skill told him the elf was concealing something about his identity,

“I am aware of dragon riders, but not of a dragon king in Arenth,” Timorn said, turning to Eanna, his mother the First Consort, for confirmation. Eanna shook her head, also unaware.

Arhlamanel nodded. “The dragons are elusive and secretive, Your Majesty. Only a few high elves dare to venture up the perilous paths into the ice mountains to entertain them. It is treacherous as the dragons carefully guard the priceless gems within their lands.”

Timorn gripped the arms of the throne, leaning forward. “At DarkFall, we saw an adult dragon. A rider in black sat atop its monstrousg form. Luckily the brunt of its power was stopped before it could let loose with abandon.”

“It is as we heard. Thus, the dragon king requests you come to Akrisia, to the mountains in the North. He has sent me as emissary, in partner with the high elves, to bring you to hear his message. A party of your choice is invited to travel along, including one named Ethesian, who is also summoned. But be warned. One who wad banished many years ago has returned and is making inquiries in the dragon lands. He goes by the name of Dalannin. There is much suspicion amoungst the elves. Do you know of him?”

Timorn gasped. If Dalannin was with the dragons, that could only mean danger. Timorn spoke authoritatively, immediately deciding based on the elf’s report. “Yes, we know Dalannin, and yes, my party and Ethesian will accompany you to Akrisia. Lady Eanna will remain and keep watchful eye on the crown.”

“Yes, my lord,” Eanna acknowledged the decree.

“You must come dressed as a ranger,” Arhlamanel added. “That is how they will know you: by your clothes, your faerie daggers, and your sword. The dragon king and his half-dragon army will join you at the dragon court, high in the mountains. The trek up the expanse is arduous and will require a full day of walking to reach once we arrive.”

“Had Dalannin already recruited dragon riders to his cause? Timorn hoped for a negative answer.

“Unknown your Excellency. I hope, for our sakes and all of Arenth he has not.”

☆ Character Interview ☆

Introduce yourself, My Lady, what brings you to The Saint Elias Pub?

You flatter me, young man, I am called Ethesian, second daughter of Lady Eanna the first consort and King Ailon ruler of Itheria, mistress of the dragon lyre.

What is your profession, if I may ask?

Good man, profession? You surely belittle me, I am the second daughter to the king, my role is to be example for the nobility and present Lady Eanna’s missives to the noble ladies at court. That, my good man, is enough profession for me, the entire royal court heeds my words.

You seem quite young, traveling alone? What brings you to Ekhrine?

I am accompanying my brother, the king of Itheria to the elven capital of Akrisia. I dare not travel alone as a woman of station. A party accompanies me and ensures my safety thought that carriage, is a menace. Wven now my dress is ripped, how my brother makes me travel, so deplorable.

There is dark magic lurking since the anniversary of DarkFall when the Valkyris attacked Kannon, what have you heard of this recent news?

The Valkyris and her demons are treacherous, indeed. I have my magic, I will soon use it, if I must. Though, I hope we encounter no issue on these roads. I wish to travel quickly to Akrisia and return to the safety of the faerie palace at Kannon.

Tell me a little about your parents?

Lady Eanna, my mother is the first consort to King Ailon. I long for my father, now that he has passed. It is lonely in the palace without him. Here look at my locket, it holds a picture of him and my mother, it allows me to keep them both close to my heart. King Ailon was noble indeed and an excellent ruler, he kept Kannon safe even after the Valkyris attached at the original DarkFall. On that murderous day, I was just newly born, I survived it, but because I am female, all the male faerie newborns were killed. I love my mother dearly she has taught me much about faerie court, and her teachings have allowed me to keep my station and quell the petty bickering of the noble ladies, so irritating the games they play.

Tell me a little about your magic?

I am a dream seer which means I can see beyond reality and foretell the future. I use this magic to provide counsel for my brother Timorn, the king of faerie. I also play the dragon lyre, a magical female instrument that provides healing and soothing music. With these gifts, I can enhance my power with the dragon’s heart crystal which amplifies my magic and though dangerous, I have seen through the seeing eye crystal as well.

How does your magic make you feel?

The magic is glorious and makes me feel alive.

What is your favorite pastime?

Combing my hair and fixing it into luxurious styles which my servant Krysia helps with, and passing the time playing my dragon lyre.

What was your role at the battle for DarkFall?

I banished a dragon destroying the town with the dragon’s heart crystal at DarkFall. It taxed my strength but the faerie gods heard my prayer and blessed me with their magic.

What’s it like to work for such a demanding writer?

Natsuya demands much. He wrote The Seer of Ice and Sky during NaNoWriMo in a week and then he demands I keep up with him. Often I do not play, he has to answer to me. I cooperate when I am good and ready and not before. I am the princess here, just like at the faerie court, I will not be ordered around! But, I respect him and he listens well, so I tease often but cooperate as much. He gives me leeway to do what I need when I want to and does not question, even when I have to fight him on things. So, sure, I will tolerate him, for now, then if he does not heed my words he will feel the wrath of my rapacious tongue.

Meet the Author

Natsuya Uesugi is a cybersecurity analyst with an MBA in International Management and a minor in Japanese. He is author of the science fiction grydscaen series, the yaoi novellas and manga graphic noiz and The Seer of Grace and Fire fantasy trilogy. He creates all the illustrations for his books. He enjoys skydiving, cosplay, anime and writing poetry.

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