21st Century Bard
Fantasy Author, Singer/Songwriter,
Poet, Musician, Storyteller
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Book 6 Synopsis
While they waited for the others to catch up, Jack lowered his shaggy muzzle to the ground and sniffed the path past the gate. “There’s dragon scent here alright. At least I think that’s what it is. I’ve never smelled anything like it before.”
Minor said, “So what are we supposed to do now? Just stand around?”
Nigel clapped his shoulder with a gauntlet. “We will assume guard positions up the tunnel. Come along, squire.” Pointing a metal finger at Sadie, he added, “Other squire, stay here and guard Prospero.”
Nigel led Minor deeper into the tunnel, and Minor grumped, “You do know guard duty is still just standing around doing nothing, right?”
“Only until that terrifying moment when suddenly it is not.” Nigel laughed. If Minor said anything to that, Prospero didn’t hear it.
Sadie said, “Only Nigel could think that’s funny. I just went from relaxed to feeling the hair on the back of my neck stick up.”
“Yeah, me too.” Prospero shivered.
Thanks to an outrigger canoe named Guinevere, and Pyrite the gnome’s awesome balloon idea, Prospero and his friends escaped the ruins of Tir-na-nog and the clutches of the banshee.
Along with Queen Niamh and the last surviving sidhe warriors, they reached the dragon’s fortress and are on their way to save King Oscar and finally find out how to break the Dullahan’s curse.
But they have to hurry. The First Tree is dying, and if it does, Tir-na-nog and the sidhe will be lost forever. And the dragon knows they’re coming!
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Taylor S Hoch has been creating other worlds for people to experience since 1996. She is the author of The Curse of the Dullahan series, a middle-grade urban fantasy adventure. This is the sixth book in a nine book series. The seventh book is due to be released in 2020.
When Taylor isn’t writing novels, she is a songwriter and musician. She has published three albums of Americana music. Her songs play on radio stations worldwide and on radio networks such as the BBC and RADI.
She spent most of her adult life traveling extensively in the U.S. working as a restoration carpenter and contractor on historical landmarks and playing her songs at music festivals.
She holds an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing; Sigma Tau Delta/NEHS, Alpha Sigma Lambda.
She is the mother of two amazing young men and lives in rural Tennessee with her wife of twenty-three years, two supposed-to-be-working farm dogs that prefer the A/C to doing their jobs, L.J. the perfect cat, a gargoyle protector named Aloysius, a serious clan of gnomes, and a variable population of free-range chickens.
She is DM extraordinaire for the exclusive Gamara Gang and an avid SF/Fantasy fan.
Van Allen Plexico
Award Winning SF & Action/Adventure Author and Podcaster
“A vividly colorful and delightful introduction to Prospero Clydesdale O’Shaughnessy, his eccentric aunt Suki, and the other wild and wacky characters (some human, some not!) who inhabit his world. We see everything through Prospero’s still-innocent and naive eyes, confronting the magic and the danger that surrounds him, and meeting enemies and allies both mundane and extraordinary. It’s a book overflowing with warmth and love and genuine moments of surprise and wonder; a book that should appeal to readers of all ages, but never talks down to them; a book that’s over all too soon (but there are more!). Taylor Hoch weaves with her writing here a spell that is as inviting and ensnaring as a Leprechaun’s enchanted music box, and I loved every page. Highly recommended.”
Award Winning SF/Fantasy Artist
“If you put Harry Potter into a cauldron with I Was A Sixth Grade Alien and the Spiderwick Chronicles, then added a dash of Judy Blume and Roald Dahl and stirred it with Irish folklore, you might come close to the magical action-adventure and school drama of Taylor Hoch’s Curse of the Dullahan! Quirky!! It’s a quirky, charming, magical action-adventure, with school drama!”
Senior Editor, Publisher – Aphelion Magazine
“Taylor’s series reads like a blend of “Harry Potter” and T.H. White’s “The Once And Future King”—in all the best ways. Her imagination is turbo-charged and her research into Irish folklore is top-notch. This is a “coming of age” story, an adventure story, with a touch of a classic quest story about it. That’s not an easy plot to weave, but Taylor does it with style and humor and grace. The protagonists may be pre-teens, but that’s not a limiting factor here. This is more than a YA, more than an “Urban Fantasy,” and has elements of a dozen or more classic Fantasy sub-genres. You start off thinking it’s a kid’s book, then quickly find that it is written for all ages. Every bit of it rings true, and epic, and even High Fantasy Drama from the characters to the setting to the set dressing to the elements of mythology joyously scattered throughout the adventure. And joyous is the right word, for this adventure is a joy to read, and looks like it was a lot of fun to write as well. Her characters leap off the page to find a place in your heart and mind as you read. You want to keep turning the pages, reading faster and faster, knowing full well that once you reach the final page you’re going to want more. Thankfully, this is the first volume of a series and there are already three more sequels out, so you can rest assured that the adventure isn’t over yet, and you’ll be grateful for that once you find yourself invested in all the wonderful characters who live and breathe and scamper delightfully through the pages of this volume. Taylor Hoch has the gift! And she’s sharing it with us all. Every time you see her name on a book, coupled with the incomparable artwork of Col. Kevin Fritz Fotovich, you can rest assured that you are in for a treat!”