Spotlight on Twilight Of The Elves (Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos), Guest Post & Giveaway!
Today we're excited to spotlight Twilight Of The Elves by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos!
Read on for more about Zack & Nick, plus a guest post, and giveaway!
Meet Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos!
Zack Loran Clark and Nick Elipulos are best friends living in New York. They have been playing Dungeons &
Dragons together every week for more than a decade. Zack secretly wishes that he were an elf; Nick publicly
denies that he is a dragon.
Meet Twilight Of The Elves!
I should probably start at the beginning, Zed wrote, when things first went wrong….
Zed, Brock, and their friends may have saved Freestone from destruction, but the fight against the Dangers is far from over. No one knows what to expect next from the dark power that forced the elves to abandon their city. And the influx of elf refugees in Freestone strains resources and brews resentment among the townspeople. Things have shifted between best friends Zed and Brock, as well, with their friendship crumbling under the weight of the secrets they're keeping from each other.
When tensions reach an all-time high, Queen Me'Shala, leader of the elves, approaches the Adventurers Guild with a mission. She wants a small group of adventurers to go behind the king's back on a covert mission to save her city, and Zed, Brock, Liza, Jett, Micah, and their elven friend Fel join the quest. To face a powerful form of magic thought to be extinct, the adventurers will have to learn how to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before.
Don’t miss this second installment of Zack Loran Clark and Nicholas Eliopulos’s Adventurers Guild trilogy, where the stakes are raised, the action is breathless, and the dangers will stop even the bravest of hearts.
~ Guest Post ~
5 Essential Things to Know About Elves
Hi kidlit readers,
We’re Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos, the authors of The Adventurers Guild, a fantasy trilogy from Disney-Hyperion. The second book in the series, Twilight of the Elves, is out this November.
Our books takes place in a setting that’s reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings or Dungeons & Dragons; it’s a world filled with monsters, magic, dwarves, and of course elves. (Though not the Christmas or shoe-repair kinds.)
In fact, our second book is devoted to the elves, which is why we’re excited to present you with this Very Important Primer on our pointy-eared friends!
- Elves are fancy.
ZC: Whether in The Lord of the Rings or Netflix’s urban fantasy film, Bright, elves tend to find themselves among the upper crust of society. The fantasy species is just known for their highfalutin ways. Definitely the types who drink with their pinkies extended.
NE: In Twilight of the Elves, however, our elves have fallen on hard times. With their city conquered by a monstrous invader, they’re forced to live out of tents in the human city of Freestone. Even the elven queen must do without luxuries; she forgoes the comforts of Freestone Castle to stay with her people outside in the wintertime.
- Elves are good at magic.
ZC: In the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, elves come with all sorts of bonuses that give them an edge when it comes to magic. The elves of The Adventurers Guild are no different — their affinity for magic draws both awe and fear.
NE: Awe and fear and sometimes irritation! Brock, our human rogue character, is totally surrounded by magic in this book, much of it dangerous, and he doesn’t understand any of it. Face it, we’re all muggles next to the elves.
- Elves are snooty.
ZC: Elves have a . . . certain reputation for being snobs. In settings from The Elder Scrolls to World of Warcraft they’re sometimes portrayed as pompous at best — and bigoted at worst. It’s not that they’re stiff or arrogant. Okay, yes, they can be both stiff and arrogant.
NE: Zed, our half-elf sorcerer who was raised in human Freestone, learns firsthand just how snooty the elves can be when one of the queen’s ministers tells him, “There are no half elves. There are elves . . . and there is everything else.” Poor Zed. (I sort of wish we had that minister say, “Elves don’t dab.”)
- Elves are ancient, unearthly beings whose true natures we can barely fathom. They come from a world beyond our own — a place of waking bliss and eldritch power — and one day they may well choose to conquer the young, frenzied cities of humanity in a terrible act of mercy.
ZC: Sometimes elves get downright scary portrayals in fiction and games. In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, the elves are an invading force of cheerful, powerful maniacs. Even gentle Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings has her spine-chilling moments.
NE: Do you know that feeling you get just before a storm, when the wind picks up and the air pressure drops and you feel a chill across the back of your neck? That’s what happens in the vicinity of our elven queen, Me’Shala, anytime she’s annoyed. The other characters spend a lot of time and energy trying to keep her from getting REALLY mad.
- Elves are cute.
ZC: Whether you’re Legolas or one of Santa’s helpers, chances are there’s just something appealing about you. Elves are known far and wide for their charisma. No, don’t look at Dobby!
NE: Aw, I think Dobby is cute! I’d pinch his cheeks, too.
Twilight Of The Elves
Author: Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos
Publisher: Disney Books
Publish Date: November 13th, 2018
Two winners will each receive one copy of the first and second book in The Adventurers Guild series ~ (US Only)
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I think your cover is awesome and will attract the readers of this genre. The storyline sounds action-packed and exciting. I can't wait to get a copy and pass it a reader I know will love it...after I read it, of course!