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
The Atheling: Book 4 in the Elf Gate Series

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
THE ATHELING picks up where THE DARKLING left off. Aija and her fae friends have a lot to accomplish in this book. They have to fix a broken airship and use it to rescue the hostages Ilisram is holding in Absin'navad and be prepared to confront him and any necromancy tricks he has up his sleeve. But, of course, things are never that simple.

Time is running out with the dragons destroying the gates before Trizryn can find one to take her home, which means the falling gates are also taking chunks out the Veil that divides alternate realities. The dragons that have already risen are growing in number and are still prophesied to attack Brinnan, and Ilisram's conspiracy against the Derra Eirlyn is looking more clear, yet more muddled at the same time. They need to get word out to the rest of the kingdom about what's really happening in the fae court because they can't trust the King to do it. And the King is still after Trizryn and Aija's heads.

Mahnta and Nisala return as key players in this book because Mahnta thinks he's found the perfect answer to netting Trizryn for the bounty. Trizryn finally reveals the full history behind the enmity between himself and his former business partner from the thief guild, but Mahnta's sanity becomes (and always has been) questionable at best.

Íenthé turns feral, so she can't help much with teaching Trizryn how to dream walk, but his past life continues to cast shadows on his current circumstances. So against Elvolyn's advice, he and Aija go back into his nightmares to find out once and for all who he used to be and come face-to-face with something they never expected.

Trizryn discovers the ship has a dark history they never expected either -- a history that makes them realize just how dangerous Aija's presence in the fae territories is and makes them cast doubts on their new allegiance with the dark elves of the Moon Garden Fortress.

Shei's mother holds a key to some possible answers for Trizryn's remaining questions about his origins and the deceased Queen's agenda. But Shei doesn't want to put his mother in danger by risking a visit.

As for Aija ... This is her last chance to train and prepare for her first real battle. And the knowledge that she will be up against magic makes her realize that even if she survives, she'll still be stranded if anything happens to Trizryn. She decides she must learn magic to be able to open the gates herself, should they find one that works, no matter the cost, or she will probably never see her home again.

This is still a coming-of-age story for Aija. This is still a spiraling-inward journey for Trizryn. Most of the characters introduced so far come together once more, along with a few new ones, for a full-blown assault on Absin'navad in attempt to free the hostages, locate the body of the Princess, and defeat Ilisram. So, there's a lot of action in this book compared to the first couple where they were still learning to trust each other. I hope readers enjoy this fourth installment of the series.
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Where to find Melody Daggerhart online


The Atheling
Series: Elf Gate, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 166,440. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
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: $2.99 USD. Words: 167,110. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » 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: 151,650. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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: 122,080. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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    steampunk    vampire