Thursday, February 18, 2016

Spotlight on Yorath the Wolf by Cherry Wilder



Once upon a very long time ago, trilogies weren't necessarily one narrative in three installments. Cherry Wilder, never one to worry about whether she was conforming to convention, wrote the Hylor trilogy the way she wanted, never mind the way most trilogies were written in the 1980s, and for that matter, today. So Yorath the Wolf, while taking place in the same universe, the same land of Hylor, is completely independent of the characters of A Princess of the Chameln. 

Yorath is born with a deformity that marks him for death. The court physician takes him to a distant forest where he thrives, unaware of his birthright and the dark prophecy that looms over him. But as he grows to manhood, Yorath can’t avoid being drawn into the violent conflict that plagues the land. Even as Yorath wields the power of a kingmaker, the ways of the court are as much anathema to him as the brutality of war. If he is ever to escape the violence and machinations he so despises, he must confront his heritage or lose the land he has come to love and the peace he cherishes.

Yorath's story is very different from the story of Aidris, the princess of Chameln. He is, I admit, a prince. But without giving away the whole story, I'll just say that he's born to trouble, rises above it, and then . . . things go in an unexpected direction--at least it was a direction I didn't expect.

The First Book in the series, A Princess of the Chameln by Cherry Wilder ($5.99, ISBN 978-1-5040-2697-0) was published as an e-book for the first time, on November 17, 2015 by Mashup Press, distributed by Open Road Integrated Media on all major etailers’ web sites. It was available as a print on demand trade paperback a month later. The sequels Yorath the Wolf and The Summer’s King, which together with A Princess of the Chameln comprise the Rulers of Hylor trilogy, will be published at three month intervals.

Cherry Wilder died in 2003, but her great works live on, and we’re all thrilled to be able to bring these books to a new generation of fantasy readers. 

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