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Kingdom of Durundal by S. E. Turner is an Epic Fantasy .
A Hare in the Wilderness ~ Kingdom of Durundal Book 1
In the house of Gnaeus, a daughter is born, though when a mysterious mark appears on her face – the father instantly rejects her. Scorned and isolated by those at court, she grows up in the shadows, unaware of the tragic events that caused the defect in the first place.
Unwavered by kinship and severing all ties, Gnaeus strips away his daughter’s identity, removes her from court and banishes her to the wilderness forever.
Cast out with her mother, they find sanctuary with the clans. Here she forges a new life, learning new skills, gathering knowledge and finding love. No one can harm her again this far north. No one knows who she is.
Until the day an old enemy appears on the horizon.
Now a grown woman, and a formidable warrior, she knows she must defeat this enemy and seek the truth.
That she is Ajeya, Crown Princess of Ataxata, heir to the subject kingdoms of Ataxata and all the colonies of the southern most territories.
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A Wolf in the Dark ~ Kingdom of Durundal Book 2
When General Domitrius Corbulo launches a brutal attack on Castle Dru in Durundal, he slaughters everyone inside, including the king and queen.
Everyone that is … except one.
The young Prince Lyall escapes the carnage through an ancient, disused tunnel – knowing that he can never go back to his ancestral home, and fearful of what lies ahead. In the wake of this tragedy, he has to adapt to a new life and face challenges beyond his wildest dreams … and the wrath of the General is always a heartbeat away.
By the time he reaches adulthood with unrivalled knowledge and a unique set of skills, he faces the ultimate decision -embrace the future as the man he has become, or return to his birthright to avenge a past he can’t forget …
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A Leopard in the Mist ~ Kingdom of Durundal Book 3
Cornelius has returned from exile to reclaim his birthright and take back control of the empire. Offering a peace treaty with the clans, he approaches Namir, an adversary from old, with whom he seeks to make amends.
However, the clan is suspicious of Cornelius. Concerned that his intentions are not entirely honourable. Worried that his agenda is the same as the emperor before him; steeped with motives in a lust for power to bring down the Kingdom of Durundal forever.
Despite the protests from his wife and the rest of the clan, Namir accepts the proposal and ventures to Ataxata to sign the agreement. Though when he doesn’t return – suspicions are heightened and they fear the worst. Now the clans will risk everything in a race against time to find the chieftain and save the future of his kingdom.
And only one thing is certain – there will be blood.
A Stag in the Shadows ~ Kingdom of Durundal Book 4
Saskia remembers when the soil of Durundal hummed with peace, and the future of the kingdom brimmed with prosperity.
But everything changed the night her home was attacked.
On the orders of the ruthless King Segan Hezekiah, she finds herself imprisoned in a tower awaiting a fate worse than death, her father has been taken to the dark labyrinths of the mine to dig for gold, and her people are forced to work in the adjoining grounds. The only person with the power to help is locked up in the mines alongside her father, and anyone who disobeys the king, or tries to escape, is targeted and killed.
As danger lurks at every turn and guards prowl every corner, Saskia feels more helpless than ever … but is she?
The morning air was dark with the smell of rain, and the dragons peered out from their stone surroundings as if they were looking directly at him. A cloud seemed to hang over him today, ragged and black as his cloak. He paced about restlessly, muttering to himself, and the crenel of witches trembled when he brushed past them. He was agitated about something, he did not know what, he just knew that he needed a change – after three years of living in the cave, something had to alter.
Outside, he heard the waves crashing against the jagged rocks, eager to get past the entrance of the cave’s mouth. The wind picked up pace and threaded its way through the canyon into the dome of gargoyles, where it curled round the hundred faces and breathed energy into them. The fire glowed with the life giving elements and rose up higher, burning brighter with every passing minute. He caught his breath for a moment, unsure of what was happening. He heard a rustling and then an even fiercer light bloomed.
He shielded his eyes and felt his breath stuck in his throat. His own hand gripped his neck and the other protected him from the glare. As the roar of power settled down, it then went pitch black.
‘What witchcraft is this?’ his voice quivered.
All he could hear was the sound of his own breathing; loud, anxious, agitated. He calmed himself. The light returned, and out of the flames stepped a life form. He didn’t know what it was. He backed away, stumbling, slipping, falling. Hot coals ignited the being. The black charcoaled image stood there burning, as ashes around its feet lifted in a frenzy and swirled around the body, before disappearing into the orifice of a throat. The blackened skin became young and even skin-toned. Long golden hair grew from the crown of the head. Though shrouded in a fine gossamer, he could see that the face was beautiful, and beneath, the body was perfect. A naked woman stood before him veiled in plumes of smoke. Fiery amber eyes pierced his own and didn’t stray from their focus.
‘Cornelius, I have watched you grow into a man, I have seen the change in you. But I know you are about to leave this place and go on a journey.’
Cornelius pinched himself, he shook his head, not quite believing what was in front of him or what he had just heard.
About the Author
S E Turner is a life-long enthusiast of epic fantasy that borders on the believable. With an abundance of historical research weaved through the pages, this promises to be an engaging and immersive experience.
‘The Kingdom of Durundal series is far more than the single genre of fantasy. Rather, it blends into a prestigious crossroads where fantasy meets reality, and the surreal meets the sublime. I wanted to write a series that everyone could read, and I’m happy to provide an exciting, epic story that a wide variety of ages will enjoy.’
Hi SE, and thank you for being here today!
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Game of Thrones – George RR Martin
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Frankenstein – Mary Shelly
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
The Thornbirds – Collen McCullough
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
What book do you think everyone should read?
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – she was only 16 when she wrote it in 1817. Amazing achievement,. No online help then or agents and editors to help her. Truly inspirational and a magnificent piece of wok.
How long have you been writing?
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
A lot of research because my books do contain a lot of historical facts – ancient mythology, sword and sorcery, battles, apothecary (herbal medicines), spirituality, castle life, clan life.
Do you see writing as a career?
What do you think about the current publishing market?
I think that self publishing is the way to go. I believe that the traditional publishing houses make it too selective, with no rights, and will slowly push themselves out of business. Unless you get with one of the big five, you are doing the marketing yourself anyway. With so many outlets to choose from; Apple, Kobo, etc, I do think the Indie writer has a growing advantage over the traditionally published author. I see many consumers purchasing online, which means the high-street bookstore will become obsolete. Indeed many are closing already as book buyers go to Amazon and other online bookstores to purchase their books at a more realistic price. The ebook seems to dominate the market, as does Amazon, which makes this the best way to publish a book. I used to think that a traditionally published book was the only way to get noticed … but not now, because I enjoy the process that I am currently in. I enjoy the learning, engaging with other authors on facebook, getting feedback from the many available groups, and I feel proud to say that this is totally my own work.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Silence, because I am easily distracted.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
One book at a time. I cannot multi task.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Any of my top ten.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
I do admire Ajeya from A Hare in the Wilderness. I admire her tenacity and determination. That even with a facial disfigurement, it does not hold her back. In fact it’s the opposite, she is more determined then ever to succeed and become the best person that she can possibly be. And that is one of the messages in my books; it doesn’t matter what life throws at you, or what challenge you face in a day or a year, or in your life – embrace it, learn from it and grow with added strength.
What makes a good story?
Making it believable.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
2 months to write. 10 months to edit.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Only when I’m answering these type of questions.
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What a great plot!
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This sounds like an epic series. Thank you for sharing the details.
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