Fantasy Novel Release: 'Blood of the Fallen' by Poppy Reid
Released by Quest Publications in 2015, is a high fantasy novel, Blood of the Fallen, Volume I of the Blood Scrolls Trilogy, written by Poppy Reid. This article introduces the basic plot, a little about the characters, and the author's inspiration.
Blood of the Fallen is set in the land of Theldiniya, a land torn apart by the Red Wars between the Tyrans, a warrior race with immense agility and strength, and the Darkma, a cursed race hungry for land and power. The two powers have been battling for two hundred long, gruelling years, and there doesn't seem to be hope of the wars ending anytime soon.
The story focuses on two main characters. Firstly, Villid, a Tyran from the northern city of Xentar. Trained from childhood with his peers to perform the perfect kill, he's a powerful soldier skilled in stealth and combat. Secondly, there's Aya, an Elf who dwells in a hidden village in the eastern forests. Like her friends and family, she has never left the mysterious woods, and enjoys a happy, if rather tough life as a maid and farmer.
A tribe of Tyrans move east, led by their leader Shade, to attack the Elf village and claim it as their base. When planning the attack, Shade is interrupted by the old Tyran Seer, who claims that the Dragon Gods warned him that if the Tyrans were to attack the Elves, they would be doomed to lose the Red Wars and fall to the Darkma. Ignoring his plea, Shade orders the attack anyway. Desperate for help, the Seer turns to Villid.
Villid agrees to help him and protect the Elf Seer, for this is the only chance that the Tyrans may be saved. Little does the peaceful eastern Elf village know that deadly warriors are hiding in the shadows of their forest, planning to slaughter anyone who gets in their way.
Aya was inspired by all timid yet brave female characters (and real people) who suffer tough times, and grow stronger because of them. "Always having a soft spot for long, dark hair, I gave Aya thick black locks that were so long she could sit on them, and a bright green dress for when she and Villid first meet. Tyran women usually dress and carry themselves in a way that is practical to combat, the warriors in particular often have short hairstyles and big muscles. Aya is completely feminine, something Villid isn't used to, but finds charming and endearing."
Villid is tough on the outside, soft on the inside - something which is arguably played out, but nevertheless what Reid wanted for her main protagonist. "Villid has a past which made him pretty much hate his own people, even though he's as loyal as the next soldier. It's one reason why he doesn't mind going against his tribe leader's orders - although the Tyrans are merciless, Villid has a good heart. He just never had the opportunity to freely show it."
Many other characters are introduced in Blood of the Fallen, but not many are really explored. "Since this is the first in a trilogy, there is still a lot to find out about the smaller characters. If there's more you want to know about someone, there's usually more to find out in books 2 and 3."
Blood of the Innocent (Book 2) and Blood of the Avenged (Book 3) haven't been given official release dates yet. Reid is also working on an upcoming Thriller set in Tokyo, Japan.
Reid started writing Blood of the Fallen in 2010, often coming back to it between finishing her degree in English Language and Linguistics and working part-time. She now lives in Tokyo, Japan as an English teacher, and Blood of the Fallen was published by Quest Publications in 2014.
"It's an exciting time for me, something I've dreamed about for a long time. I hope you enjoy reading Blood of the Fallen as much as I enjoyed writing it."
The eBook is being released October 30th 2014, and the paperback version is coming out in November. To find out more about Blood of the Fallen, visit the author's website for more information. She is also reachable on Twitter and Facebook.