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ADVENTURE AND MYTH ARE BACK FOR YOUNG FEMALE READERS
Local Author Publishes New YA Fantasy Book, The Storyteller's Daughter, with Celtic Roots
[13 March 2015 - London, Ontario] The literary world of Young Adult fiction is currently saturated by vampires, werewolves, demons and the paranormal. For young female readers, the heroines they read about are typically locked in a romance, forever needing a male character to fulfill her story arc. Recognizing a need for a young heroine who has a true adventure all her own, and inspired by a love for Celtic mythology from time living in Scotland and her experiences growing up in rural Manitoba, Sharon Selby has written a new, purely Canadian fantasy novel for young females that deserve a world without strings attached.
Selby's The Storyteller's Daughter, published through FriesenPress, tells of Skye MacNamara who, on her 17th birthday, loses both her parents after their car plunges off a bridge into the Red River. Her parents are declared dead, despite the absence of bodies, and every trace that they existed is erased. Suspicious, Skye begins asking questions and soon what she knew of her life falls apart. Skye finds herself thrust into a mythical world where stories shape reality and nothing is what it seems; where memories are so real she can step into them.
At the heart of The Storyteller’s Daughter lies the legend of the seannachie (pronounced "shawn-aw-key"), the traditional storyteller and myth-keeper of the Scottish clans. Combining realism and fantasy, readers are drawn into a world at once familiar and unsettling. Gods and mythical creatures walk in this world, brought here by Skye’s mother, a seannachie who has become spellbound by a story that lets her forget a harsh reality. Skye and her two best friends set out on a quest to rescue her—even if she no longer wants to be saved.
The Storyteller's Daughter: Where the Story Begins is available from the FriesenPress bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most major online book retailers. The ebook edition is available for download for Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, and Nook.