When the Unseelie Court sentences an innocent man to death, the elven Princess Morgana cannot sit idly by as the human Knight perishes. The Queen calls her pathetic and worthless. It does not change how Mori feels about the old laws of Alfheim. These rules punish the faultless, lesser races of the Nine Realms of Odin.
Of the nine, this realm of the Light is home to many mythical creatures. The portal gates remain forever closed to the human race. However, neglected for centuries, a Knight from the realm of Earth enters the Light. Holding onto his faith and code of honor, he holds stoically in the face of capture and death. Princess Mori remains his only hope, but to save him, she must first save herself.
Rae Z. Ryans loves to create mythical lands and characters that entertain, promote equality, and love. She writes for both children and adults in her world of Six and Twenty. When she is not writing, Ms. Ryans spends her days chasing after her own children, and dreaming up new adventures.
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Wicked queens, knights in shining armor and dragons oh my! Chivalry and Malevolence was a book I read in one sitting. It appealed to my love of fae, elves, dragons and the UnSeelie and Seelie courts. I was hooked. ~Jen @ The Crafty Cauldron
I loved the way the author created such vivid imagery in describing the setting and characters in the fae world of Alfheim. ~
Chivalry and Malevolence is an lovely blend of romance, strength and adventure. Princess Morgana’s journey from insecurity to empowerment is relatable for every young woman.
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Here is the excerpt:
It was blissfully cold for a summer day. One could breathe and watch their breath dance in the sunlight. Snow covered the ground, but that was nothing new. There was always snow or ice in Alfheim.
Anxiously I awaited the courier sending news from the neighboring kingdom, the realm of the dragon. It also served as home to my intended. How absurd for an elf to marry a dragon, but alas the announcement would spread across the kingdoms in the coming days.
This is not the word I awaited, no, there was excitement brewing on the horizon. Today marked more than battle. I grew tired of the war, endless conflict fought in the names of Gods whom had long forgotten their people. I laugh to even call ourselves that.
This is a realm where man has never walked before; they have never spread the pollution of their words or actions. That all ends now, as the wards, the magic of my people, all of it failed.
Today a portal appeared in the eastern kingdom of Ironwood. A man arrived from another world, the whispers of the servants told me. Father sent his sentries out to capture him, and seal the anomaly off for good.
The realm of light should remain closed as the Faerie King mandated. Men could not be trusted with magic. This realm bore it to the races of Faerie, their cousins the Elves, the Dragon, and even some of the minor races had traces of the myst.
Not I, not even for an elf, the myst did not flow through my veins strongly. Mother claims it is a weakness not becoming of my station. Nobility bred strong mages, shamans, and to a lesser extent those with the ability to mend another person. In many ways, I was just like the human who crossed into our realm. I was worthless, but deemed not a threat.
“My lady, where are you? The Queen has summoned you,” I heard my lady in waiting shout into my rooms. There was nothing she could say or do to make me want to meet with my mother. I was only her daughter when it became convenient to her. There was no love between us, not like I had any real notion of love.
“I am here.” My voice was softer than I had expected, yet I did not move. My eyes bore out into the distance. There, not more than a few miles out, I caught the banner of my people approaching the castle. Reaching into my cloak, I withdrew my spyglass to take a closer look.
At first, all I could see were the warrior elves and dwarfs. As they drew closer, a magnificent beast akin to our dear Pegasus trotted into view. I could not gauge the size from my distance, but the black coat glistened in the sunlight as it trekked through the snowdrifts. Atop the creature was a man, made of silver. It glinted like a shining star in the darkness.