Trained as an elite fighter and educated in the ways of the elves, Nuriel "Rie" Lhéthannien has worked decades to be accepted into the High Court messenger service. It's a simple enough occupation, but in a realm where humans are treated as little better than slaves, it's a position she'll do anything to protect.
On a routine delivery in the Human Realm, Rie is attacked by assassins from the enemy Shadow Realm and framed as a traitor. Facing execution at the hand of an unmerciful king, she evades capture and crosses the portal into enemy lands to prove her innocence.
Surprising allies arise from the shadows, assisting her search and uncovering secrets she didn't know she kept. With the risk of discovery lurking at every turn, Rie must use every weapon in her arsenal to uncover the truth behind the attack. If she fails, death will be the least of her worries.
Featuring a lowly human caught between two great faerie realms, a dark elf prince with unnatural fire magic, a blood sidhe merchant’s son with ambitions beyond business, and a mischievous swarm of pixies, Sanyare: The Last Descendant is a New Adult coming of age adventure you won't want to put down.
Megan Haskell is a stay-at-home-mom and the author of “Sanyare: The Last Descendant,” and “Pixie Tamer: A Short Story Prequel to Sanyare.” She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband, two daughters, and one ridiculously energetic dog. You can find her on her website at www.MeganHaskell.com, Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, and RiffleBooks.com.
I had so much fun creating Rie's imaginary knives. They're based off of the Maginus-Nasmyth khukuri design by Jay Fisher. I looked up the mystical properties of stones and minerals, as well as the meanings of the old norse runes, to create blades that would help Rie in her quest. Every piece of these blades has a purpose in the story!
Sanyare: The Last Descendant
The blades were unlike anything Curuthannor had seen in his fifteen hundred years. Eight inches of razor-sharp curved solid steel with a bulbous tip, the enchanted khukuri blades were deadly beautiful, designed to strengthen and protect their handler. Identical red jasper grips were inlaid with a long stripe of white aventurine; elements of fire and air to promote mental fortitude, heal, and improve perception. The center of the grip was studded with a deep black jet palm ring, set with sparkling red garnets; earth and fire to aid on a journey and repel negative energies while increasing physical strength and magic. The copper bolsters at front and rear were perfectly balanced and engraved with four sacred runes: Ansuz for insight and communication, Perthro for seeing the future and knowing one’s path, Tiwaz for honor, justice, and leadership, and Uruz for physical strength and speed.