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Melissa McPhail is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid fantasy reader. A long-time student of philosophy, she is passionate about the fantasy genre because of its inherent philosophical explorations. Melissa loves sailing, skiing and discussing books and philosophy—not necessarily in that order.
Cephrael’s Hand, the first novel in Melissa’s fantasy series A Pattern of Shadow & Light was a ForeWord Book of the Year Fantasy finalist and won Best SF/F and Best Fiction in the 2010 Written Arts Awards Competition.
The Dagger of Adendigaeth, the second novel in Melissa’s series won ForeWord Book of the Years Bronze Medal for Fantasy. Paths of Alir, the third book in her series won the IndieFab Silver Medal for Fantasy Book of the Year.
Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with her husband, twin daughters and four very large cats. She is known for being an engaged author on social media and welcomes your thoughts on her work, the fantasy genre, or independent publishing. Look for her on Twitter or Facebook, or via her website and blog at http://melissamcphail.com.
The first two books in A Pattern of Shadow & Light introduce readers to the realm of Alorin and its magical Adept race, which is facing extinction. The race’s tragic decline is the result of Malorin’athgul, powerful beings from the fringes of Chaos, whose presence in Alorin has caused a shift in the cosmic Balance…. [Read More]
At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race’s decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin’athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin’s Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself?… [Read More]
“All things are formed of patterns…” And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross: In Alorin… three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous… [Read More]
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