Jessica O'Toole is a storyteller, castle lover and tea addict. She published her debut fantasy novel, Prenitia: The Fate of Vultures, in 2014 and the sequel on New Year's Day, 2016, and is the creator of FemmesFantastic - the blog devoted to bringing the best female characters in literature to your door.
When she's not making things up to add to humanity's box of made-up things, she's probably admiring a castle somewhere, reading about Michael Faraday or having cream tea, thinking about making things up.
After falling in love with the 14th Century in her teens she embarked on a hefty cycle/camping trip around England exploring castles, cathedrals, circles of stone and caves. She ventured further across the world in the years following, but the UK and its permanently enduring history and myth had always been a fascination and firmly in her heart.
Currently she's enjoying life in an English National Park, composing a musical on her Sutton Hoo & Trossingen lyres (Gaunt & Heldris) and munching salmiakki.
Prenitia: The Fate of Vultures (Of Preludes & Epitaphs, #1)
"Whatever happens, it won't be the end..."
Delve into the brand new realm of Prenitia, with the first in the new Of Preludes & Epitaphs series...
Telena knows she’s special. Her brother, Aznee, sees things differently. But as Telena engrosses herself with the ancient books from the library, Aznee discovers maybe there is more to his sister’s future than he can imagine.
Within the pages Old Prenitia burns. In the hands of a usurper king and an evil necromancer, the vulnerable settlements are wiped out, and loyal minister, Keno, is running out of time to stop them.
Shy outcast Leyna and cheery carpenter Murray find their blossoming love affair torn apart by desolation, leaving Leyna forced to travel alone with Murray’s contemptuous brother, Adri. While their fate is claimed by a mysterious sorceress, Murray, and warrior Cora, are both haunted by their pasts as deeper challenges and long-held secrets tarnish their journey.
Can they maintain solidarity and search for a saviour in the presence of the unbelievable? Will any of them truly be able to pull Prenitia from this darkest of times?
Take up your sword for the brand new epic fantasy series, and prepare for The Fate of Vultures - the battles of magic have just begun...
Prenitia: The Price of Sanctuary (Of Preludes & Epitaphs, #2)
Epic Fantasy, Adventure
"I will make sure this nightmare never happens..."
Return to Prenitia, with the second instalment in the sword and sorcery epic fantasy series Of Preludes & Epitaphs…
When a suspicious group sets up camp on the outskirts of Karnatay, Telena, unable to suppress her intrigue, endeavours to discover who they are.
As she scrutinises, Aznee returns from journeying along with a young woman who brings unclear threats to their door. Drawn back to the chronicles Telena seeks answers to a mystery of which she emerges at the heart.
Within the pages, ten tanes have passed for the people of Old Prenitia, with peace on the horizon and the great settlements close to unifying. But in rushing to the aid of a border village Cora and Carrta plunge themselves into mortal danger. Carrta is trapped with enemies whose intentions are unclear and devastating, and Cora is transported to the heart of enemy territory, making a discovery that will destroy her understanding of the world.
Meanwhile, Leyna and Adri are reunited after a painful estrangement and drawn back to the realm of the goddess Anatersa. Consumed by powerful ancient magic Adri is driven far from his reality, lost in moments of time too tempting to fight, while Leyna comes face to face with harrowing futures in whose stark foundations she may be helpless in preventing.
Can the legendary names fight their way to freedom before their lives, liberties and the entire south are made prey to their own darkest fears? And should Telena put faith in strangers who show her a world from which she may never be able to turn?
When peace is so desperately needed there may be only one way to earn it.