About the Book:
Title: Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword
Release Date: November 6, 2015 (11/06/2015)
Author: Keira Gillett
Illustrator: Eoghan Kerrigan
Narrator: Michele Carpenter
Series: Zaria Fierce Trilogy, Book 2
Summary in a Nut-Shell: Zaria Fierce must undo the damage she and her friends
caused when they accidentally aided Olaf in his quest to release the dragon, Koll.
Full Summary: If Zaria Fierce had her say, being a princess would mean you’d never
have to wait for news. In the eight months since Olaf tricked her, Zaria has felt a near constant mixture
of restlessness, listlessness, and hopelessness. When the time comes to fix past mistakes, she is more
than ready to climb aboard the ship sailing towards the giants. Summertime in Norway promises many
more adventures, but also many more perils… something sinister lurks beneath the surface following
her every move, haunting her, disturbing her dreams, and stealing her peace. Can Zaria figure out what
it is and stop it before it’s too late?
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Praise for Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest (Book 1):
“Are you in the mood for an old fashioned magical jaunt? Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood
Forest by Keira Gillett is a classic “perilous adventure” book for middle grade readers.” Jennifer
Bardsley, The YA Gal
“A captivating blending of fantasy storytelling with today’s technology. At the base of this tale is deep,
abiding friendship that stands the tests of time, adventure and even danger.” Kathy Haw,
“A great book with a lovely story and amazing characters. It’s a fantasy and adventure book that will be
the delight of Narnia fans and those looking for a bit of Norwegian folklore thrown into it.” Ner, A
Cup of Coffee and a Book
“If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure dipped in fantasy, look no further. This book kept me
on my toes with its many cliffhangers and plot twists; it was quite hard to put down at times.”
Meredith, All ‘Bout Them Books and Stuff
“I love when a story jumps right in and hooks me like this one did. I highly recommend you look into it if
you are in the mood for a fun adventure. I also recommend that you get it for any book loving middle
schooler you know.” Emily, Midwestern Book Nerd
Illustrations by Eoghan Kerrigan:
Filip slung his window open and tossed out his backpack. It landed in a thump in the
hedgerow. Aleks pulled it out and slung it over his shoulder with his own bag.
“How’re you getting down?”
“Hopefully with your stargazer.”
“Then why toss down your bag?” Aleks asked, exasperated.
“Just in case,” Filip said with a wink at Zaria.
She suppressed a smile. She looked to the others, “Does anybody have rope?”
Aleks and Geirr both nodded. Then Geirr unzipped his bag and pulled out a neat coil from on top. He
tossed it to Filip, who snatched it up as it sailed by the window. He disappeared into his bedroom and
reappeared moments later slinging the coil out the window. It unraveled to the ground.
“Good,” Filip said briskly. “It’s long enough. Now let’s see if it holds.”
Filip quickly scaled the side of the house and they gathered their belongings preparing to dash. Without
warning, Mrs. Storstrand stuck her head out of a bottom window and shrieked at the sight of them.
“Just what do you think you’re doing?” she demanded.
“Run!” Filip shouted, grabbing his friends’ sleeves and rushing for the street.
Aleks cursed and threw Filip his backpack while slinging his own around to the front and unzipping a
pocket. He looked frazzled as he dug inside the opening. Mrs. Storstrand was quick. She was already out
of the house and chasing after them. She threatened life and limb and the most terrible of all – letting
Filip’s father know what he was about.
At last Aleks found the stargazer – a shiny purplish egg-shaped object perforated with stars – and almost
dropped it in his haste. After a brief fumble, Aleks located the largest star, and hastily jabbed his finger
into the hole. Just like that, Mrs. Storstrand froze mid-run. But so too did Christoffer, Filip, and Geirr.
Aleks looked at Zaria and to the others. “Damn,” he hissed. “Wait! How are you not frozen
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Author Bio: Keira Gillett is a technical publications
librarian, book blogger, world traveler, artist, and now author. She graduated from the University of
Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting. From an early age her mother instilled a love of
the written word, as such she has always been a big reader. Her first book, Zaria Fierce and the
Secret of Gloomwood Forest, is about a young girl who must complete a quest to save her friend
from a nasty river-troll.
Illustrator Bio: Eoghan Kerrigan is an illustrator from Kildare,
Ireland who draws primarily fantasy characters and creatures. He studied illustration in Ballyfermot
College of Further Education and has produced work for various independent projects. He has two cats
and a soft spot for trolls.
Narrator Bio: Michele Carpenter is an artist at heart, with a
passion for acting. She and her husband (also a voice actor) often work on projects together and help
one another through the journey. Together, they have three kids. Michele’s children love to hear her
read stories and beg her to edit her narrations in the same room with them so they can listen too. It’s
partially for this reason that Michele has come to feel a personal responsibility to only record books that
aren’t inappropriate for children or young adults–at their respective age levels and according to the
maturity levels of the books they’re able to read. “We never know how long we have on this earth and
I’d rather leave behind a legacy of books that I’m not ashamed to have my friends, family and even
future grandchildren, listen to forever.”