The Mark of the Tala
The Twelve Kingdoms Trilogy
Release Date May 27
Available on Amazon
Queen Of The UnknownRead more
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Meredith! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Meredith McCardle] Writer, mom, lawyer, coffee consumer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Eighth Guardian?Read more
I’m afraid I haven’t been a stellar member of the Faerie Court, and have been lacking in my royal duties. To make up, I have some information about the Unseelie Court and wizards, as well as the trailer for The Girl Who Never Was.
Background on the Unseelie Court:
In Scottish folklore, the Unseelie Court was the “evil” court set up in opposition to the Seelie Court. I really liked the idea of there being no such clear dichotomy any longer: Both courts had become corrupted and dangerous to the Otherworld.Read more
I’m super geeked to read The Girl Who Never Was, so I’m stoked to be part of the Faerie Court. Welcome to my little chunk of the palace, where I will share tidbits and teasers about Skylar Dorset’s The Girl Who Never Was, which releases on June 3rd. Today I have some deets about the Otherworld and Travelers.
Background Information on the Otherworld:
The Otherworld is a world inhabited by supernatural creatures. Not as geographically solid as the human world, its regions are flexible and fluid and sometimes the links between them can be terminated in the face of outside threats. This became common in the years just before the Seelies took over, when border control measures attempting to keep the Seelies out of certain regions, the Otherworld growing more segregated in its protectionism. The Seelies were strong and talented enough to overcome the measures, and they now control, for the most part, the geography of the Otherworld.Read more
I invited Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of The Wizard’s Promise, to share 5 reasons her heroine Hanna would find real life adventures not quite as fun as the adventures from her favorite stories –Read more
May Contain Spoilers
I jumped at the chance to review Unforeseen because I love all things Disney. My favorite vacation destination is the Happiest – and most Expensive- Place on Earth – the Disney resorts in Florida. I drag Dean there, year after year, revisiting the same attractions, eating the same Mickey Bars, and riding the same rides, with a few exceptions. The addition of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom means unseen experiences, as does the remodel of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, so you can bet that we will be hitting the parks again within the next year. Which brings me back to the novella – I wanted to get a little taste of Disney World before our next trip.Read more
May Contain Spoilers
I admit to having a love-hate relationship with George RR Martin. The first three books of his A Song of Ice and Fire series are among my favorites, and that’s saying a lot because I read a lot of books. That’s where the love comes in. Now for the darker feelings – I read A Game of Thrones in 1996, and I read the next two books within days of release. The time between each novel increased incrementally, as did the page count, but as the time between A Storm of Swords and A Feast of Crows stretched into years and years, I became frustrated. I decided that I would not read any more books in the series until they were all released. They are so long that I can’t remember all of the subtle nuances of the story, let alone the ever growing cast of characters, especially with the lengthy time between releases. Worse, I have the irrational fear that I won’t be around to see the end of the series, and that disappointment weighs heavy on my mind. So while GRRM doesn’t owe me more timely releases of his books, I do owe something to myself. I owe myself a read without fears, regrets, or frustrations, so my embargo of the main series continues. I won’t even watch the TV series until it’s over (not that I have HBO anyway, but that’s another story altogether).Read more
May Contain Spoilers
I have had an eye on Amy Raby’s Hearts and Thrones series since the first book, Assassin’s Gambit, came out last year. When I had the opportunity to hop on the review tour for book 3, Prince’s Fire, I jumped. I really enjoyed this book, and it wasn’t a hindrance that I dove into the series three books in. I never felt lost, and all of the characters were introduced in ways that didn’t leave me wondering about their relationships with each other. As soon as I get a chance, I am going to read Archer’s Sin, a novella featuring two of my favorite characters from Prince’s Fire.Read more