An ancient wizard possesses a young boy after a millennium of imprisonment in a magic wand. He emerges from the child in the face of danger and discovers Fiana, his new bride from the past, has somehow survived time and become something evil.
Author Christine Rose first had the idea for Rowan on an airplane. She scribbled down her ideas on airsick bags, and a new story was born.
The three-year journey from concept to publication is paying off! The book won the Indie Excellence Award in 2009, was an award-winning finalist in the National Best Book 2008 Awards, and sold out of its first print run in a short five months. In its first year, Rowan of the Wood sold seven times more than the average book in the US.
Book Two in the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series chronicles the continuing adventures of twelve-year-old Cullen and his friends, Maddy and April. Cullen thought he had enough trouble surviving school, dealing with his miserable home life, and being possessed by Rowan, a 1400 year old wizard. But when Rowan’s wife, the sadistic vampire Fiana, comes back seeking revenge, Cullen and his band of misfits must do what they can to stop her. This time Cullen’s favorite teacher is Fiana’s first target.
During its first week of release, Witch on the Water placed on Amazon’s Best Seller list for Children’s Fiction. Certain to follow in its prequels award-winning footsteps, Witch on the Water has some excellent reviews and feedback from readers.
Book Three: Fire of the Fey. Adventures continue for Cullen Knight and his band of misfits in this third installment of the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series. Still possessed by the wizard Rowan, Cullen settles into his new home with his fire elemental sister, Aidan, and their fey uncle, Moody Marlin. But all is not well. A series of fires raging through the redwoods puts Aidan in the hot seat, as the group looks to her for an explanation.
Maddy’s mother discovers a dark and disturbing secret, Ralph and Max are off to a rocky start, and Rex adopts a holy crusade with a mysterious angel as his guide.
Fire of the Fey has already enjoyed some excellent preliminary reviews. The official release date is October 15, 2010. Please keep abreast of any new developments with the authors by joining their monthly newsletter.
Ultimately, “Rowan of the Wood” will be a 5-book fantasy series. The authors are currently working on the fourth book in the series: Power of the Zephyr. Set for release in Autumn 2011.
The authors are on a nationwide book tour in a fancifully painted RV through most of 2009/2010 with their three doghters and Shadow, the cat.
The official website at rowanofthewood.com has more information about the books, reader testimonials, and fun stuff to do (like learn how to write in an ancient runic code.)