From the Author
In book one, Beyond the Forest, Lana's adventures take place in a small part of the gnome world, Shadow, and whatever we know about Shadow is based on what little she's seen. We learn that Shadow's geology and gemstones differ from ours. Their gems have stronger, more impressive powers and some are harmful. For the most part, Lana concentrates on gems from her own world and has limited interaction with Shadow gems. We also learn that Shadow has everything from diseased forests to deserts within a small area. Sheamathan, the gnomes' ruler, purposely destroyed the ecology and created monstrous creatures that could survive in these new habitats.
In book two, Shadowglade, Lana wants to learn more about Shadow, but the gnomes have lived in hiding for generations, and know little about their history or what lies beyond the areas they've occupied for generations. As the human characters continue to help the gnomes and breghlin, we learn more about Shadows' fascinating array of gemstones and more about the land itself. The gnomes hope to rediscover their heritage and explore their world, but that will be difficult. They must subdue the breghlin, form a government, and survive the perils set in motion by Sheamathan's sentient spell book.
Book three, Runes and Relics, concludes the trilogy. A spinoff series featuring gnome main characters (The Gem Lore Series) continues the story, with more adventures in the gnome world. Book one, Wards and Wonders, was just released 03/06/18.
About the Author
Kay L. Ling began writing fiction at an early age. In grade school, her stories evidenced a sense of wonder and loveof adventure. In one, mythical creatures lived and traveled inside a rainbow,and in another, a bored sixth-grader turned her teacher into a maroon sofa and then teleported herself to London. As she grew up, Kay never lost her abilityto imagine strange and wondrous peoples and places, and now she would like toshare her unique fantasy adventures with others.