Melody Daggerhart

Biography

Melody Daggerhart is a writer, editor, data consultant, artist, and linguist 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 is ready to share her fanciful tales with more than her statuary, cat, and close friends.

Her favorite genre to read and write is dark fantasy, but sprinklings of comedy, horror, adventure, steampunk, and romance seem to have fallen into her Elf Gate Series, as well.

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

Elf Gate Series:
The Changeling: Book 1
The Fledgling: Book 2
The Darkling: Book 3
The Atheling: Book 4
The Dragonling: Book 5
The Teufling: Book 6

Smashwords Interview

Why should I buy your books?
The Elf Gate series is a long, deep story arc for readers who want to immerse in an epic-length tale of a dark fantasy nature. These books explore themes of revenge, redemption, personal growth, power grabs, and being true to oneself amid a variety of prejudices. From cults to civil war to time travel through alternate realities, these books take the reader through several relevant yet imaginative twists and turns as the characters face down demons figurative and literal. And as the characters find themselves in these sometimes funny, sometimes poignant situations, they must learn to overcome their fears and suspicions of one another to survive and work together as a team. This is a classic portal tale with classic fantasy elements like monsters, fae, and magic, but it bleeds into gas lamp fantasy, time travel, and contemporary settings. It was inspired by folklore and Gothic horror elements like vampires, werewolves, demons, and ghosts, but good and evil are not always what they seem and are often very complex.

If you are looking for a short, light, easy read, these books are not for you. But if you want something that combines adventure gaming with a mish-mash of settings and social commentary, I think you'll enjoy them. :3
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Where to find Melody Daggerhart online

Series

Elf Gate
This is a portal tale that stretches across several volumes in a story arc. Aija is mistakenly abducted into the land of the fae, where humans are outlawed and executed on sight. But she can't find her way home because the gate she came through collapsed. With the help of Trizryn, the enigmatic elf who mistook her for a spy, Aija discovers fae have modernized like humans, only differently; that they are on the brink of civil war; and that she must learn to defend herself in a world full of magic she doesn't understand. In trying to find a gate home before dragons destroy them all, they must unravel secrets not even Trizryn is aware of about himself and the fae court. This dark fantasy series combines elements of horror, comedy, romance, and adventure, in a modified steampunk setting. Teen rated for language and violence.
The Changeling
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Fledgling
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Darkling
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Atheling
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Dragonling
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Teufling
Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

The Teufling
Series: Elf Gate, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 204,810. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Aija returned to her own world, but she wasn't counting on landing in Roman-occupied Britain! Now she and her friends must travel through time to find the missing panels of the artifact foretold to disrupt the war between two dragon factions. She must reestablish an ancient alliance. Trizryn must face is inner demon. Both must protect the gate from its previous fate to return to the fae kingdom.
The Dragonling
Series: Elf Gate, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 240,480. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Brinnan is besieged. The light elf king has disappeared. The Shadow Elf Conspiracy has declared war using gate dragons to burn the elven capital to the ground. And the only draconian ally of the fae rebels is in danger. Trizryn and Aija have one lead left in their search for a connection back to the human world, but their attempt to shelter Frostfang and her egg goes horribly awry.
The Atheling
Series: Elf Gate, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 163,220. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A crashed airship could be the key to rescuing fae refugees trapped in Absin'navad; but time is running out for Trizryn to warn the kingdom about the impending dragon invasions, and Aija realizes the only way she can truly control a gate on her own is through magic. Could chasing ghosts help them find solutions, or would it only tempt history to repeat itself?
The Darkling
Series: Elf Gate, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 159,880. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Hoping for answers on how to fix the ancient elf gates, 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 145,580. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Trapped in the land of the fae, 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,050. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When Aija tries to help an injured elf in the woods near her home, she 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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