Across the Darkling Sea
By: K Ferrin
Publication Date: November 13th, 2016
Across the Darkling Sea is the first book in the new serial fantasy series Magicfall, by K. Ferrin!
Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life.
Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. An island warlocks call home.
Evelyn’s friends have turned against her, her own mother tried to kill her, and the place she calls home has banished her. Hidden away in the belly of a riverboat, a stowaway, her journey begins.
Across the Darkling Sea is book one in a serial series. Each book is roughly 50,000 words or about 150 pages. To emphasize, this is a serial series, meaning it’s one story that stretches across multiple books.
Top 5 Things You May Not Know About The World of Across the Darkling Sea
- While the world of Across the Darkling sea is nothing like our own, I did pull from real world locations to help design my landscape. The nation of Brielle, as an example, is modeled after the Netherlands, though much boggier.
- If you examine the map of Across the Darkling Sea you may see a similarity to the real-world England. The island, the english channel, and the coast of Europe were the inspiration for the geography of the Magicfall world.
- The abuse that Ling experiences at the hands of her mother and those of her village was inspired by the real life experiences of Bridget Cleary and Michael Leahy. Both were murdered, in Bridget’s case quite violently, in an effort to ‘cleanse the changeling’ out of them. It was taught that if you could cause the fairy child sufficient suffering it would leave, and return your human child to you.
- The entire world of the Magicfall series started with a very short snippet of dialogue that popped into my mind one day. A young woman asks: Witch, what am I? An older woman replies, “Why do you still call me such after all this time? I don’t call you changeling, though indeed you are one.” From those two lines, the entire story was born.
- There is a cave in Belize called Actun Tunichil Muknal. It is an extraordinary place. It’s a 45 minute hike to get to the cave, and a three mile hike once you enter the cave, to get to an ancient Mayan burial site. Getting there is not for the faint of heart. It’s a cave, so it is dark. And when I was there it was also wet, requiring a swim through deep pools of inky black water. You scramble through rock-fall, squeeze through tight cracks, and climb rusting rickety metal structures people laughably call ladders, but when you get to the caverns at the back of the cave every minute of the journey was worth it. Without saying to much (no spoilers!), that trip inspired a big part of Ling’s journey.
K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches.
Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying Land, the first two books of a series. You can find her online at www.kferrin.com.
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