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About Matthew Cesca
Originally from the small town of New Milford, Connecticut, Matthew Cesca can be found in the various magical lands he creates. He is the author of four fantasy novels: The Stairs in the Woods, as well as The Forbidden Scrolls Trilogy. He also has a short story called Dawson Farms featured in the anthology Autumn Nights: 13 Spooky Fall Reads. All of these books can be found on Amazon and Kindle.
The portal to the mystical lands in which he dwells resides on his laptop, currently located in Gilbert, Arizona, where he co-parents the best teenage son he could have ever asked for.
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He left her for dead.
It was supposed to be a job like any other – sneak in, grab the scroll from the vault, and get out. It didn’t matter to Juliya what the young sorcerer wanted it for, he was paying well enough. That is, until he double-crossed her.
Now Juliya has a choice: track down Frost Dirvent and the forbidden scroll of fire that she stole for him, or be turned over to the guards.
Despite her misgivings, Juliya must work with a group of adventurers to track down Frost and reclaim the scroll before he can use its powers against an unsuspecting world. But the journey to stop him will take her to the last place she ever wanted to return to: Home.
"The Forbidden Scrolls is the start of an epic fantasy adventure, and I recommend you jump on the ride. You won't regret it!"
-N.W. Moors, Author of The Black Swans
"I believe the characters are the best part of this tale. They're easy to like and empathize with, and their relationships/interactions are nice to see."
-Jacob Faust, Author of Cracked
"Let me start by saying I loved this book. From the moment I read the first few pages I was engrossed in the story. I had a need to learn more about Juliya, her quest, and all the others I met along the way."
-Jae Vel, Author of Fragments of a Shattered Mind
The exciting conclusion to The Forbidden Scrolls Trilogy is here!
An army of the dead marches across Teren’vei with Frost Dirvent at its helm. Only one of the ancient forbidden scrolls remains between the necromancer and ultimate power as he cuts a swath of death across the continent. With each fresh kill, his army swells.
Adrift in a sea of grief, Juliya must find herself once more. Frost has an expanding list of crimes to answer for with each passing day, and his strength continues to grow. What can a single thief do against such power? Will her quest for vengeance end with the ultimate sacrifice? Or worse yet, failure?
Time is short for the chosen champions of the gods. They will need an army if they’re to stop Frost from returning Teren’vei to an age of darkness. And one of their own needs to learn how to unlock the magic in his blood if they are to have any hope of success.
Even adults need fairy tales.
The Stairs in the Woods takes you through a journey into a magical fantasy world while also exploring a unique coming of age story.
After spending most of her life a continent away, Kaitlynn Jenson has come home to Connecticut to tend to her ailing father. But the discovery of a strange painting above the mantle of her childhood home leads her on an adventure to a magical world called Somalie, where mythical creatures exist. But when the painting is stolen, she becomes trapped in Somalie with no means of return.
With little choice, a destiny she's yet to understand, and a family secret to discover, Kaitlynn must become embroiled in the battle to save Somalie. The evil she must face could have potentially dire consequences for her own world, as well as the family and friends she left behind.
"The Stairs in the Woods is author Matt Cesca's debut effort. It's a well-written piece and should satisfy most any fan of the genre."
-Michael A. McLellan, Author of In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree.
"The means of transport to the alternate world, the beings Kaitlynn encounters there, and the emotion and poignancy of her and her compatriots' plight all lift this story beyond the everyday fantasy."
-Helen Whistleberry, Author of Black Pine Cove
"Combining a love story with mythical creatures in an unknown world has just the right amount of magic for this compulsive reader."
- Amazon Review
The search for the forbidden scrolls continues in Redemption & Ruin.
Disaster has struck! Frost Dirvent has used the legendary scroll of fire to murder thousands of innocents. Now the vile sorcerer has continued his quest to collect all of the forbidden scrolls scattered throughout Teren'vei.
It's a race against time for Juliya and her friends. They'll need to cross the entire continent and bring two desperate groups of paladins together to have any chance of stopping Frost before he can use the scrolls again.
United with the champions of the gods, Juliya must stand against a threat unlike any seen in thousands of years: an army of the dead and a necromancer who can bend the elements themselves. Can they stop Frost from recovering all of the scrolls and rebuilding his family's once glorious empire? And even if they succeed, what will be the cost?
"Recommend for readers who enjoy smart fantasy, magic, adventure, and surprisingly realistic characters given the fantastical setting and events. Really enjoyed!"
-Helen Whistleberry, Author of Take My Hand at Midnight
"Mr. Cesca pulls you into this land and its characters and landscapes and engages the reader with the numerous dangers faced, obstacles overcome, and relationships deepened, until you realize you really care about what happens. I couldn't put this story down!"
-Elizabeth M. Carola, Author of The Oathing Stone
"[Cesca's] style is reminiscent of Terry Brooks, with a variety of interesting and heroic characters, a world of magic, and a quest to save the world from evil."