Harkening

Book 6, The Faeland Legends

A Resurgence of Evil. A Rise in Resistance.

Harkening, Book 6

Art by Prabath Wijayantha and
cover design by Brandon King.

About The Book

The Higher One Goes, The Farther There Is To Fall.

From the multiple award-winning teen author Taylor Hunter comes the first in a brand-new YA series inspired by the classic faery tale stories we all loved as kids. Perfect for teens and young adult readers who yearn for contemporary epic fantasy adventures that remind them of Narnia and Middle Earth.

Evil Resurges Through Faeland, But Who Will Stand Against It?

After unearthing the lost weapon, Phoenix, Emmaline thought that her life would stabilize. Instead, it’s been stunted. Trapped in fixed routine of university and stealth patrols, Emmaline has no independence, no resources, and worse yet, no hope.

When a diplomatic escort becomes a menacing trap, Emmaline is suddenly thrust into a world of darkness and deception. A world only rumored to exist. A world that could hold the key to the identity to the Darkwielder, and to Emmaline herself.

A world where only the cursed go willingly…

A soul-searching journey of hope and healing, Harkening will challenge your conceptions of light and dark.

Harkening is the 6th installment of the Faeland Legends.

AGE RANGE:

Teen & Young Adult

RELEASE DATE:

Coming July 2023

The characters and the story were very unique, well written and interesting. The story line kept me reading anxiously on to see what would happen next. A truly exceptional book for a young author!!! And perhaps a new genre has appeared on the literary scene!
~ Dr MikeJ

What’s inside

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A little Tinkerbell

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Some Avatar

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Steampunk

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Epic dialogue

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World Building!

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A lot of action

Chapter 8:

The Right Hand of Darkness

~an excerpt

“You are the man, Tiny!” Ember blasted. I thought my ears would bleed. I stumbled after her, my right hand on her shoulder, my left tucked into my pocket where it wouldn’t flop around like a ragdoll’s. I tried to stand straight, walk straight, see straight, at least enough that nobody would bother giving a second look at the girl with the torched face and half-buzzed haircut. But given the few features I’d managed to distinguish in the flood of color and light around me, I’d be one of the least strange people slumping through a tattoo parlor at this hour.

Then it hit me.

I didn’t look like me.

Nobody knew who I was.

And I had no idea how I was supposed to feel about that.

We’d stopped in a hallway that smelled of old drywall. The vinyl flooring under our feet dazzled my eyes with black sparkles. I shut my eyes, trying not to fall over. A sliver of light struck my face. I cracked one eye open again and realized that the door to the manager’s office was not closed. Still, Tiny knocked on the door.

“Hey, Geovani?”

No answer.

“Geovani…” Tiny sang.

“Busy,” a gruff voice stated.

“Hey, man, you got a prospective here!”

“Appointment?”

“No, no appointment.”

“No appointment, no prospective.”

Tiny glanced over his shoulder at Ember and winked. Then he put his palm to the door and pushed it back some. A thin layer of smoke hung onto the ceiling.

“Geo, the prospective came with Ember.”

The slight sizzling noise I hadn’t even realized I was hearing stopped.

“Oh.”

Tiny chuckled and pushed the door all the way in. A stark office space opened before us. Though sufficiently furnished, it was comparatively void of color. Instead of floor to ceiling menageries of paintings and pictures, tall bookcases stood guard along the walls. As the door swung back to its resting place, an ornate desk appeared, then a man sitting behind it. A large magnifying glass hovered on a stand in front of him, a watch the object of his attention. He waved us in without glancing up, his long black hair obscuring his face.

“Yell if you need anything,” joked Tiny. “If I don’t come back right away, knock out the power.”

He closed the door behind him. I staggered, one eye half open. Geovani did not raise his head. Ember stared at him like she was trying to bore a hole in the top of his head. Moving his fingers with complete precision, he lifted gears and timing components out of the watch. Finally, in a soft but clear voice, he spoke.

“Ember, we talked about this.”

“I know.”

“Then why are you here?”

“Emergency situation. The kind the Overlords don’t need to know about.”

I felt my legs sagging underneath me. My brain turned to fog.

“You good?” Ember whispered.

“No.”

Chapters

Pages

NABA lg
IAA Award

What a great introduction to new author Taylor Hunter! We cannot wait to see what else this gifted writer brings us!

~ Lori Knutson

IT WAS SO AMAZING! the end is a cliff-hanger, but the entire book is almost perfect!

~ Pam

Emmaline's friends were also likeable for the most part, except for Shade, who constantly taunts Emma. Although this story is a bit too young for me, I can see the younger crowd latching onto it much as they did with Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. Excellent first novel, Taylor Hunter.

~ ShyReader

A coming of age fantasy adventure in fairyland. Nice descriptions of fairies and their lives and purposes. Seems like pre-teen and teen audience would be most appropriate. Some violence, strong emotions but no sexual content or bad language. As Emmaline comes to terms with how special and gifted she is, those who would use her talents and skills show up to either recruit or neutralize her. A good story dealing with some questions regarding religion, belief, and rebellion against the powers that be. Some funny and clever homages to modern culture. Some challenges with bullying, lack of confidence and self-acceptance. Well done.

~ Sandy Penny

Very good! On the edge of your seat good. I felt like I could relate with the characters; the book was so hard to put down. I am looking forward to reading more books by Taylor Hunter. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review and very honestly it was very good.

~ Tinyd

This book is a great read for young adults. It has great imagery and scenes, and the action within is detailed as well. From tree cities, to caverns, to magic, and yes, even a colony of nerds, this book is well worth your time.

~ Triston Guest

About the Author

Taylor Hunter lives in Southwest Idaho. She shares her home with her elderly cats, who tolerate her. After several “wonderful years” of challenging college coursework, Taylor is now a full-time mechanical engineer.

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