Monday, 10 August 2015

La Fille du Roi Arthur - King Arthur's daughter arrives in France

Rhianna Pendragon and her friends have been exploring again - this time across the English Channel, and are proud to appear in their very own French edition of "Sword of Light" published by Hachette.

Here's the lovely cover:
King Arthur's Daughter - Book 1

That magical looking white horse in the bottom left corner is a mist horse of Avalon, which are closely related to unicorns even though they do not have horns. They're difficult to ride, since they have a habit of misting from beneath you when they are alarmed and appearing somewhere else entirely - which happens quite often in this book, since Rhianna is being hunted by the dark knight Mordred.

It's interesting to see this edition since French is the only foreign language I learned at school so I can (sort of!) understand some of the words. If you want to test yourself, here's the poem about the four magical Lights translated by Blandine Longre.

Quatre Lumieres se dressent contre les tenebres:
L'epee Excalibur, forgee en Avalon,
la Lance de Verite, fabriquee de main d'homme,
la Couronne des Reves, qui dissimule le joyau d'Annwn,
et le Graal qui contient, dit-on, toutes les etoiles du ciel.

(missing the French accents, because my keyboard is English - if anyone knows an easy way of adding these, please let the unicorn know!)

So how did you do? Here's the English version to remind you:

Four Lights stand against the dark:
The Sword Excalibur that was forged in Avalon,
the Lance of Truth made by the hands of men,
the Crown of Dreams, which hides the jewel of Annwn,
and the Grail said to hold all the stars in Heaven.

Click here to find out more about the French edition


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

King Arthur's daughter gives a rare interview


That famous red-haired recluse, Rhianna Pendragon - daughter of King Arthur and heiress of Camelot, speaks to Olga Godim about her childhood on the enchanted isle of Avalon, her work as a Warrior Princess, and her secret love:

Click here to read the interview!




All four of Rhianna's adventures are now available in hardcover, paperback and ebook from Templar Books, and you can download a free short story about Rhianna's childhood in Avalon for Kindle - see the sidebar of this blog or click HERE.


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Dark Horizons and the Summer Solstice

Question: What do these two have in common?
Answer: A flash in the pen.

If you missed the sunrise at Stonehenge today, don't worry. The unicorn would like to invite you to the launch of Authors Electric's fiction anthology "A Flash in the Pen", which involves a unicorn and possibly some naked dancing around a virtual standing stone (optional).

Katherine's story is called The Last Maiden (because of the old wives' tale that only maidens can lure unicorns out of the enchanted forest) and was first published in the British Fantasy Society magazine "Dark Horizons" back in 1995. That was before ebooks, and before many online magazines too. It had black-and-white artwork printed on real paper and looked like this:

cover illustration (c) Alan Casey


The story even had its own full-page illustration in the magazine:

illustration (c) Bob Covington

As you can probably tell from the picture, this is not your typical sweet sparkly pink unicorn story (she just sat him on the desk in the first picture to mislead you all). It's more of a horror story really... although that depends on what you believe when you reach the end. If you believe in horror, you'll get horror. If you prefer pink and sparkly, then maybe you'll get sparkly (if not pink... it was a black and white magazine, and there's a limit to a unicorn's power).

There are many other stories in this collection from many different writers - historical, crime, literary, fantasy, romance - most of them aimed at adults, so please don't give this one to younger readers. But if you're a YA reader (or, ahem, a bit older) and want to sample some different authors, then this collection could be a good taster.

currently 99p for the launch

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