Book 5, The Faeland Legends

A Fallen Empire. A Lost Relic.

Phoenix, Book 5

Art by Prabath Wijayantha and
cover design by Brandon King.

About The Book

Change is inevitable. But it is not always welcome.

From the multiple award-winning teen author Taylor Hunter comes the fifth in a 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.

Time Heals All Wounds,
But Nobody Mentions the Scars.

Pellabor remains aloft, but the world has been turned on its head.

Emmaline has proved herself worthy of the Flamerider title. But after the losses sustained while gaining it, she would rather leave her forte–and her heartache–all behind.

But that choice is no longer hers to make. With dark forces looming on the horizon, Emmaline and her friends are called to pursue every means to defend Faeland.

Even if the means is a lost relic from a fallen empire.

A classic fantasy quest exploring grief and growth, Phoenix is sure to make you laugh and cry in equal measures.

Phoenix is the 5th installment of the Faeland Legends.


Teen & Young Adult


Coming March 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


A little Tinkerbell


Some Avatar




Epic dialogue


World Building!


A lot of action

Chapter 2:

Pending Winter Break

~an excerpt

I leaned harder into the clay, trying to shape it into a cylinder. But apparently I turned on the heat engines in my hands, because it dried out so quickly, the misshapen blob popped clean off the wheel. Growling, I took my foot off the pedal. The wheel stopped spinning. I scrubbed the surface off with a ragged sponge, smacked the clay back into a ball, then threw it down with both hands. For once, it hit dead center. I blew a strand of loose hair from my eyes, then eased back onto the pedal. The wheel started spinning again. I dunked the sponge back into the filthy bucket of water, gradually squeezed it over the top of the clay, then scraped off the drying chunks of clay on my hands before going at it again. The rough texture burned its way into my skin. But I managed to get it into a cylinder, then, over the course of ten minutes, something resembling a mug.

“Don’t forget, we’re doing our last bisque firing tomorrow!” Mr. Hendershot called over the clamor of tools and wheels and chatting. “So if you still have a throwing project that needs firing, get it done! Those are due before break–that means you have to turn it in by this Friday for full credit.”

Prying the throwing disc free of the wheel, I nodded heartily. “I’m on it, I’m on it.”

As my classmates wrapped up for the day–literally, as they grabbed all the spare plastic bags they could get their hands on–I rolled out a clay snake to make into a handle. Mr. Hendershot happened to stop at the sink next to me, fistful of caked brushes in hand.

“How you holding up, there, Mavis?”

“Got the mug done,” I replied, nodding to my disc. “Just need a handle now.”

“Good on ya!” he grinned. “See, I told you you’d get it done in time.”

“Yeah, thanks.” I smiled back as best as I could. “Is it okay if I stay a few minutes into lunch? I don’t think I’ll get it attached before the”–

The bell rang before I finished my sentence. I glowered at the ceiling, then looked back at Mr. Hendershot. He gave a jovial laugh.

“Yeah, that’s fine. Loraine asked to stay all through lunch, but I told her no; I’ve got to set up for senior design presentations. So as long as you’re out of here by quarter to 1:00, it’s fine with me.”



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.

Learn More About Taylor ⤵

Taylor Hunter

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