I was so excited to dive back into this universe! Tales of Mentara is a series that will always be close to my heart and I am happy to announce that the second book in the series will be coming May 17th. The Ritual focuses more on Tomas, the leader of The Orphans. Anger issues and Charlotte’s smart mouth aren’t the only things he has to worry about in this book. Here is the summary:
Five children stranded in a strange world continue their adventures in the land known as Mentara. Twelve-year-old Charlotte feels the weight of her mistake in bringing her friends here. The local tribe of children who call themselves The Orphans are in a constantly warring state with a neighboring tribe, The Bomen. Drawn into this fight because of her magical abilities, Charlotte struggles to keep her friends safe while defending a group of strangers she is starting to see as family.
Tomas, the leader of The Orphans, is drawn to the kind and motherly Lena, impressed by the strong and intelligent Fred, and bewildered by the ever-moody Charlotte. He has his own personal issues to deal with while he prepares for a ritual that will change his status in the eyes of his people forever. But is this path he has chosen, this future he has worked and planned for what he really wants? Is it too late to change his mind and explore these newfound feelings of wanderlust?
I consider these books dark fantasy because they dive into horrors such as murder. On Mentara, death is a common, everyday occurrence, even if murder is involved. Our five children from Earth don’t exactly see it that way. The stories also touch on topics children of this age (10 to 13) have to deal with like puberty and quarrels with friends. This is fair warning for parents who aren’t ready for their kids to explore such topics. I don’t pull punches.
My amazing cover artist from Bad Doggie Designs is currently working on the cover for The Ritual and I am waiting on pins and needles! I adored the first cover so I can’t wait to see his take on this one. I will be sure to share once I have the finished result.