Five star reviews for Laurie Y. Elrod’s debut novel!!

“This book really was hard to put down. Elrod has created a fantasy world that will be fresh for fantasy readers and not difficult for first-timers. The characters drive the story, and this book is as much a coming of age story as an adventure and a battle between good and evil. All the major characters come to life. It felt like I’d known Elhrin her whole life, and knew her friends and family. It was a privilege to watch her grow into her powers as a woman and a magician. I especially liked Gryphon, her teacher, whose sense of humor reminded me of Merlin’s in The Once and Future King. The plot is tight and fast-paced. Blackridge would make a great movie–I could see it in my mind as I read. Really, an amazing first effort. I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy!”
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“I have never read any fantasy books before, but read this one and fell in love! This book is a wonderfully woven story about love, mystery, and suspense. Mrs. Elrod has done a great job on this story from beginning to end. Felt like I was right there with the characters and I could not put it down. Can’t wait to read the others in the series. You will want to read this one! Great job and great read!!!”
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“I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Great detail and imagination! With the tremendous visual details, it was easy to picture the setting, characters, and events that occurred. The book holds the readers attention, as it is full of action. A must read! I can’t wait for Book 2 of the series!”

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BLACKRIDGE

Book One of the So’ladiun

A story about strength and belief in one’s self – growing into one’s purpose despite sacrifice and suffocating fear.

Elhrin Caddoch, a sheltered young woman with rare magical abilities, didn’t ask for the life that was forced on her after the day her mentor, Gryphon Idwyr, was killed by mysterious beasts on the banks of the Green River. She didn’t ask for it, certainly didn’t want it, but what was she supposed to do? The bizarre, yet real-feeling dreams of her late mentor had started and he kept insisting that she was the only one who could help stop an impending war planned by the dark god of Do’athra, Obsudius. At first she dismisses her dream, brushing aside the unrealistic thought that a god was actively trying to destroy her country and that she, a mere girl with amateur magical powers, was expected to fight against his evil designs. But when reports of a sudden appearance of an army outside the town of Blackridge followed by a second attack on her village from those same horrible beasts confirm the contents of her dream, she begins to waiver. Are her dreams real? Was her mentor truly talking to her from beyond the grave and she was going to have to face a destiny he says she must fulfill in order for her country to survive? Or could she ignore the dreams and let fate take its own course?
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Flight From Glimmerdale – Laurie Y. Elrod, Digital Media