Greetings everyone. Today I am featuring Speculative Fiction author K.M. Jenkins’ new release, Tales of Ferrês. It came out on Tuesday and is full of wonderful fantasy stories for young readers. Check it out below I got a few fun excerpts for you to enjoy.
About the Book
Since the beginning of time, one kingdom in the world of Tarzinëa has remained a mystery. Very few have entered its depths and survived. Walk alongside our heroes and watch their tales unfold as they enter the Forest of Ferrês. Discover everything from wolves so large they look like full grown ponies, to devil creatures that lurk in the night. Expect the unexpected as you venture into the magical land of Ferrês where not everything is as it seems.
Bonds of Friendship
Jerked back to reality, a wide-eyed and gaping Karigan followed as trees parted to reveal a path covered by undisturbed dirt littered with fallen leaves. She hesitated, knowing the path led deeper into the forest. Ralph said no one ever comes out once they go in. But what if the forest draws you in? What happens then? Curiosity won as Karigan stepped forward, taking the path deeper into the Forest of Ferrês. All Karigan knew was that a mystery awaited her, and something told her it was best to keep moving.
Moments of wonder swiftly turned into regret as the trees grew larger and the fairy’s glow fought to keep the darkness away. “Excuse me, Alia, but where are we going?” The light swayed as Alia hovered to a stop beneath a large archway. Karigan stepped closer, eyeing the darkness within and looking over her shoulder as little Alia sat down on a nearby stump.
“Go inside,” Alia said.
“But it’s so dark.”
Giggles rang out as Alia swooped into the air, circling about her and creating particles of dust. “Do not fear, for in darkness is light. Go inside.” The little fairy shoved her back forcefully, making Karigan stumble forward through the archway.
Nothing. All she could see was nothing. Where is the damn light! Panic gripped her. Calm, yourself, Karigan. It won’t do to lose your head. Just breathe and try to relax. Fairies are supposed to be good, trustworthy. Oh…by the gods, the damn fairy is trying to kill me! Her eyes flew open, and her breathing grew frantic as fear pressed in on her lungs.
“What was that?” She turned around. To her dismay, the exit had disappeared. “How the hell?”
I’m going to die! She faltered, stumbling over a branch. Karigan hit the ground hard, knocking the wind out of herself. Fear consumed her.
Jumping to her hands and knees, Karigan’s eyes locked on the nearby trees. Slowly, her eyes adjusted as she watched, and waited. Silence weighed on her until a rabbit crashed through the brush beneath a nearby tree. “Oh, thank the stars…it’s just a rabbit.”
Bonds of Betrayal
Shogun stood in the council chambers with several other generals. A few ryders were present. The king was looking at the map of the kingdom as they went over each checkpoint where they’d searched for Dengotta. It had been five days since the funeral and there was unrest among the people. Many were claiming the ryders were all to blame for their Queen’s death. Several controversies broke out throughout the city and the king’s men stepped in to put a stop to them. Time seemed to be their own worst enemy. The longer Dengotta remained free, the more the people sought retribution. Soon they could have an uprising on their hands.
“How far south have you searched?” the king asked.
“We have teams scouring the northern lands and others have started to infiltrate the southern side of the kingdom. So far we haven’t had word of any sightings. It is almost like Dengotta disappeared off the face of the earth, sire.”
Shogun watched General Bash as he finished his report. The man was tall with sandy brown hair, cropped short for battle. He was a good man and never gave up on anything the king wished him to complete. Shogun knew without a doubt Bash would be the man to bring Dengotta in. A servant girl running into the chambers interrupted his thoughts. The poor kid was gasping for air.
“Sire, there are several hundred men at the castle doors. They demand entry to speak with you.”
The king looked at the young girl dressed in kitchen garb. He thought it must be urgent if a mere girl had been sent into a war meeting. Rodrik looked at her as gears turned in his head. He had just opened his mouth to speak when screams echoed from the hall outside the council chambers. Chaos came swiftly.
Guards ran into the room surrounding the king—swords drawn and ready. Moments passed like an eternity as the men the young girl had spoken about broke into the chambers and fought the generals. Shogun kept his wits about him, gathering his magic to strike. But he never expected what was to come next.
A Forbidden Friendship
Kÿla pressed her small body to the ground hoping not to get crushed. Trees were moving all around her. Roots were springing up from the earth as they slithered across the ground like giant serpents looking for their next meal. She didn’t know what was up with the forest today. Never had she seen the trees behave in such a way. If she wasn’t careful Kÿla would find herself crushed underneath the giant trees that stretched for miles into the sky.
I know the forest is magical, but this is getting old. Dodging a flailing branch, she jumped from rock to rock. As a twin-tailed fox Kÿla moved with stealth unknown to mankind. Her speed allowed her to glide through the air with her two tails. They twitched nervously as she landed on a rock, then crouched and prepared to jump once again. Pouncing, she avoided the trees, but she wasn’t gaining any headway. The longer she remained in this part of the forest, the more danger she was in with the looming giants around her. Kÿla panted and tried to catch her breath. Her eyes danced around the forest floor as she decided where to make her next move. She was about to jump only to have a tree land right in her path. She growled in frustration.
“What do you want from me!”
A tree uprooted itself in response, sliding its roots across the ground like snakes. Slowly its gigantic form slithered over in front of her then dug deep into the earth. Another followed suit, then another. Before Kÿla could blink, several dozen trees had moved into a straight line on both sides of her. They were trying to herd her—but why? Tentatively she placed her small paw on the ground, waiting to see if the trees would move. Silence. Everything was still. Another paw followed the first and she slowly made her way down the path. The trees were quiet and didn’t budge an inch.
Kÿla hated being herded like some common cow to a destination she didn’t know. It was bad enough she had left the sanctuary of the Torrigan Falls. But now, if she was correct, Kÿla walked within DarkDeath’s territory. He would have her head if he found her here again. She wasn’t one for rules and loved adventure, but after their last encounter she wanted to stay clear. Her eyes danced among the base of the trees as she continued to pad along on her dainty paws—always alert in case the trees started to go crazy again.
The lane went on for miles as the trees continued to form alongside each other. Before Kÿla knew it she was in a meadow. The trees shifted back to their former positions leaving her even more confused. What was the point of making her come to this meadow? All she saw before her were flowers and tall grass. She found herself irritated when unfamiliar scents alerted her. By the gods, I’m not in the Forest of Ferrês anymore.
About the Author
K.M. Jenkins is a published international bestselling author that writes epic battles, forbidden romance, and tales of fantasy and adventure. She has a big love for the fantasy genre and loves dragons above all creatures.When she is not writing, you will find her chasing her twin boys around the house. Between the three she has epic battles throughout the day and nothing ever gets boring.
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5 Fun Facts:
- I am the proud mother of twin boys. They were born in June 2017, and are a big handful.
- Besides being a published author I also run my own cover design business, KJ Magical Designs.
- The first book I read with dragons was Elizabeth Kerner’s “Song in the Silence”. This book is what sparked my love for dragons.
- I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Mass Communications.
- I have lived in Sioux City, Iowa my entire life minus two years over in Lucas, Iowa. My dream place to live would be Tennessee or Utah.