Melody Daggerhart


Melody Daggerhart is a writer, editor, data consultant, and artist currently living in Washington state. She has been writing and illustrating novels ever since she was old enough to hold crayons and talk to stuffed animals. After pursuing an education in English literature and working in a library and as a freelance consultant, she figures she is ready to share her fanciful tales with more than her statuary, guinea pigs, cats, best friends, and her own captive children.

Her favorite genre to read and write is dark fantasy, but sprinklings of comedy, horror, adventure, steampunk, romance, and contemporary elements seem to have fallen into her Elf Gate Series, as well. (Hair color is subject to change with writing projects and moods.)

Favorite author influences include Anne Rice, R.A. Salvatore, H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Dr. Seuss among countless others.

The Changeling: Book 1 in the Elf Gate Series
The Fledgling: Book 2 in the Elf Gate Series
The Darkling: Book 3 in the Elf Gate Series

Smashwords Interview

What do you want people to know about the third book in the Elf Gate series?
The Darkling picks up right where The Fledgling left off. It is the midpoint of the story arc in the series. These books tell one long story, rather than being separate adventures in the same setting. So, this third book continues what was started while still pushing toward resolution.

For Aija, this means moving from being helpless in her new surroundings to learning how to adapt and even take charge. For her this whole series is a bit of a coming of age tale. And of course she's still looking for a way home.

For Trizryn, this means journeying inward. In many ways, he's in the same position as Aija in terms of having been a helpless pawn in the scheme of things, but, like Aija, he has to learn some important things about himself in order to truly grow into his sense of self and take charge of his own life.

Their stories of personal growth parallel each other in many ways. And the rest of the elves go a step further to parallel that in the face of a revolution. The birth of a new kingdom attempting to replace an old one is in many ways like any personal story of someone struggling to find their inner strength and abilities to meet the challenges that come with having responsibilities toward oneself and others.

But on the less serious side, it's just plain fun. :) I have fun "watching" these characters get to know one another on their road trips. So, I hope that's entertaining to readers as well.
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Where to find Melody Daggerhart online


The Darkling
Series: Elf Gate, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 165,180. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Hoping for answers on how to fix the ancient elf gates, English teen Aija and her dark elf ally, Trizryn, must deliver stolen Derra Eirlyn documents to the Deep Warrens for translation. But their investigation on the mysterious necromancer who took control of Absin'navad leads to a gruesome discovery concerning humans in the fae realm and a shocking truth about Trizryn's origins.
The Fledgling
Series: Elf Gate, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 151,570. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Trapped in the land of the fae, English teen Aija and her dark elf ally, Trizryn, are hunted by his Derra Eirlyn summoner, Kassí. Aija needs an elf gate to go home, and Trizryn needs to steal his summoning scroll to avoid being tracked. But when Kassí does her own investigation on the crumbling gates, they all soon discover a more immediate and deadly threat in their midst.
The Changeling
Series: Elf Gate, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,010. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When an English teen tries to help an injured elf in the woods near her home, Aija finds herself suddenly, and mistakenly, abducted into the realms of the fae. But the gate between their worlds has been destroyed by a dragon, and humans are executed on sight in this kingdom.

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adventure    dark elf    dark elves    dark fantasy    dragon    elf    elves    fantasy    vampire