Book 3, The Faeland Legends

Refined by Fires of Change

Recompense, Book 3

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 third 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.

Refining Fires Are Part Of Adolescence. And Emmaline Is About To Enter The Furnace…

Training at Pellabor has had its perks: flying silver Valkyries and playing with dragons every day is certainly nothing to complain about.

But Emmaline’s journey as a Flamerider is far from over. Despite her professor’s encouragement, she still resents her powers and what they can do. Under the surface, she resents herself even more.

So when Emmaline and her friends are transferred to an advanced academy hidden away in the mountains, she is elated–at first. But only hours into their new classes, Emmaline discovers a long-held secret about the academy, its professors, and its ultimate aim.

Moreover, she finds that not all things past want to stay there…

A powerful coming-of-age tale, Recompense is sure to keep you laughing and learning alongside its teenage characters.

Recompense is the 3rd installment of the Faeland Legends.


Teen & Young Adult


Coming November 2022

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 1:

Evasive Maneuvers

~an excerpt

“That was insane!” Gator panicked as I entered the room. “What made you go pull a stunt like that?”

“How did you even maneuver like that?” Falcon peppered as I walked past them to my locker and fished the key out of my pocket. “After seven weeks of hard-core training, I still can’t fly in a straight line…on any axis!”

“Emma, those rocks cause magnetic distortions like there’s no tomorrow!” Gator started again. “Visual navigation only. If you’d lost your focus for even a moment…”

“…which, frankly, you should have, with seventeen dudes firing energy cannons at you,” Falcon interjected.

“…you could have lost control of your Valkyrie!” Gator continued, growing in intensity. “You could have smashed into the side of one of those islands, Em. You could have…”

“Died, I know.” I finished, shoving my helmet onto the top shelf. “But hey, when hasn’t that been the story of my life?” I wrangled with my gloves. Though great fitting, the amount of sweat generated from twenty minutes of lying in wait and ten minutes of action made it close to impossible to take them off. Impatient, I tugged hard at each finger. With one final yank, the glove came off. Now, for the right one.

“Listen…what we mean is…” Falcon stammered, “I mean, that was awesome! You’re really skilled at this, and we’re impressed by that. We just…we’re your friends, Emmaline. We don’t want to see you get hurt is all, if the danger is unnecessary.” Gator nodded. “Yeah,” he said, pointing at Falcon, “what he said.”

“Well,” I replied with a long breath, “thank you for your concern. I’m truly grateful for it. However,” I accented by shoving my gloves into my helmet, “Captain Foley and Professor Tricort have asked me to test my limits–or rather, what I believe to be my limits. The captain thinks I’m too prone to hesitation, not acting fast enough when the situation calls for it.”

“And the professor?” Gator prompted, struggling to keep pace with me and Falcon down the hall to the elevator. I pressed the “up” button. “Too gentle,” I answered. “He wants me to hit harder. That’s their ‘magic bullet’, two sides of the same coin. They say a true Flamerider must be both.” I stared up at the elevator light, avoiding eye contact with either of the boys.

“And…do you reckon you’re a ‘true Flamerider’ now?” Falcon ventured. The bell dinged. The doors opened. I stepped in and turned to face them.

“I reckon I have to be. Don’t have much choice, now, do I?” I smiled wanly at them. “Good luck, guys,” I added as the doors began to close. “Watch out for boulders.”

They both smirked.

The doors closed.

The fake smile melted off my face.

I was alone for the thirty-second trip up out of the hangar.



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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