I want to start off by thanking Liz for hosting me today. I appreciate the invite! Marketing is hard, and I am grateful for all the help I can get.
Now let’s move on to a truly oddball What If question. But first, some back story:
Effigy is populated with mythical creatures—in particular, unicorns and a pint-sized pegasus. They talk. (They can be more sarcastic that way…)
The pegasus, Faolan, is one of the more frequently remarked-upon characters in this novel. He’s prone to sarcasm and a tad on zealous side, truth be told. He’s a pegasus on a mission, and he won't let anything—or anyone—stand in his way. He will lie, cheat, and manipulate, all in the name of the deity he serves.
Many of characters in Effigy—both major and minor—interact with Faolan and struggle with his “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” philosophies.
Which leads us to today’s What If question…
What if you woke up one day and talking unicorns weren't the craziest thing in your life? What if your life depended upon a borderline fanatical pegasus?
The survival of a once-mighty kingdom rests in the hands of its young queen, Haleine Coileáin, as it slowly succumbs to an ancient evil fueled by her husband’s cruelty.
A sadistic man with a talent for torture and a taste for murder, he is determined to burn the land and all souls within. Haleine is determined to save her kingdom and, after a chance encounter, joins forces with the leader of the people’s rebellion. She gives him her support, soon followed by her heart.
Loving him is inadvertent but becomes as natural and necessary as breathing. She lies and steals on his behalf, doing anything she can to further their cause. She compromises beliefs held all her life, for what life will exist if evil prevails?
Her journey leads to a deceiving world of magic, monsters, and gods she never believed existed outside of myth. The deeper she goes, the more her soul is stripped away, but she continues on, desperate to see her quest complete. If she can bring her husband to ruin and save her people, any sacrifice is worth the price—even if it means her life.
About the Author:
Armed with a deep and lasting love of chocolate, purple pens, and medieval weaponry, M.J. Fifield is nothing if not a uniquely supplied insomniac. When she isn't writing, she’s on the hunt for oversized baked goods or shiny new daggers. A life-long New Englander, M.J. is currently giving life in Florida a try. Visit her online at mjfifeld.com.