~Mark of the Mage is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree~
Books never die, but they can be forbidden.
Medeisia is a country in turmoil ruled by a blood thirsty king who has outlawed the use of magic and anything pertaining to knowledge. Magery and scribery are forbidden. All who practice are marked with a tattoo branded onto their wrists, their futures precarious.
Sixteen year-old Drastona Consta-Mayria lives secluded, spending her spare time in the Archives of her father’s manor surrounded by scribes. She wants nothing more than to become one of them, but when the scribes are royally disbanded, she is thrust into a harsh world where the marked must survive or die.
We must overcome and prevail …
King Raemon of Medeisia is slaughtering tattooed scribes and mages, forcing them into hiding. All marked and those associated with them are destroyed. The people are desperate. Months after challenging Raemon, the marked rebels of Medeisia must rise against their bloodthirsty king or chance being annihilated.
Sixteen year-old Drastona Consta-Mayria is the prophesied phoenix of peace, desperate to be a leader for her people despite her reservations. Following the lead of a scarred and forgotten prince, Drastona will embark on a journey with an unlikely band of rebels and a dragon across a cursed desert to bring down a king and save a kingdom.
“People die for freedom …”
There is chaos in the kingdom of Medeisia. The rebels have gone into the mountains to hide, protected by the dragons. Their only hope lies in a band of insurgents who made an arduous trek across the Ardus to seek the aid of a king …
Plagued by grief, seventeen year-old Drastona Consta-Mayria becomes a leader for her people, the voice of the common folk, the forest, and the dragons. Living now among the royalty of Sadeemia, Drastona and the rebels must navigate something much more complicated than war, politics.
Prince Cadeyrn of Sadeemia is a powerful mage, a second son living under the constant threat of assassination. He’s a man existing in the shadow of tragedy. But there is hope in his magic, hope in the way he fights, and hope in what he can do for his country.
War has been declared between Sadeemia and Medeisia, a war led by rebels and aided by a king. But can the rebels survive the court of Sadeemia? For in the magnificent marble halls lies betrayal.
“People die so others may live.”
Out of the devastation of war, a leader will rise …
Medeisia is a city in ruins, half of its rebels dead, and a temporary ruler in power …
Seventeen-year-old Drastona Consta-Mayria is a pillar of hope for her people. With the construction of a new scribe school underway, and the promise of peace, Medeisia’s future is looking bright. That is, until Drastona is thrust into a new kind of war between gods, dragons, and men.
Prince Cadeyrn of Sadeemia is a powerful mage, a second son used by his people to create alliances. Faced with the possibility of burgeoning war with New Hope and his own political entanglements, Cadeyrn is thrust into a world of secrets he may not be able to overcome.
“Books carried me through my childhood. They carried me through cold nights and hot days, through hunger and fear. I grew up under the poverty level, and my family spent a lot of time telling each other stories to pass the time. I was awkward, clumsy, and different. I was quiet and bookish. I had the same problems as all teenagers. I often felt inadequate and insecure. I was bullied quite frequently. Words carried me. They gave me wings and helped me fly. They brought me through grief and despair, through the death of both of my parents and through the journey that came afterward. With time came knowledge and acceptance, and my love for words grew. Stories mean different things to different people. I tell stories because, through them, I grow as a person and as a writer. Remember, life isn’t always easy. There are never guarantees, and we are all different for a reason. Embrace your awkward. Be unique. Change your fairytale. Because what makes you different makes you beautiful.”
R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to “share the love of reading one book at a time.” An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home in the Southern U.S. with her husband, her three daughters, a rescue dog named Oscar the Grouch, A Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, an OCD cat, and a coffee pot she honestly couldn’t live without. Should she ever become the owner of a fire-breathing dragon (tame of course), her life would be complete.
An active advocate for autism, poverty, anti-bullying, and literacy, you can contact her on twitter at @RKRyals, on instagram at @rkryals, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RKRyals or online at http://www.authorrkryals.com. Also, check out The Singing River book trailer at http://youtu.be/9JL6YAcqxWA
Books by R.K. Ryals
The Redemption series:
Redemption (Book 1)
Ransom (Book 2)
Retribution (Book 3)
Revelation (Book 4)
The Acropolis series:
The Acropolis (Book 1)
The Labyrinth (Book 2)
Deliverance (Book 3)
The Thorne Trilogy:
Cursed (Book 1)
Possessed (Book 2)
Dancing with the Devil (Book 3)
The Legend series (standalone series):
The Singing River
Retaliation Bridge (Coming 2015)
The Mysterious Pathway (Coming 2015)
The Embrace Yourself series (A standalone series):
The Story of Awkward
An Introvert’s Tale (Coming 2015)
In the Land of Tea and Ravens