Title: The Queen’s Curse
Author Name: Natasja Hellenthal
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2013 – 393 pgs
It’s time for change! In a country with a cursed justice system, two women; the mysterious Queen Artride and her loyal bodyguard Tirsa, set out on a secretive perilous quest. They hope to find the sorceress, the only person powerful enough to be able to lift the curse, in Dochas; the strange Magical Land.
But they have to hurry as they only have three weeks to save Tirsa’s teenage brother’s life, sentenced to hanging for a petty crime.
The women are soon drawn to each other, however struggles and questions arise. Will the sorceress be willing to help them and for what price?
Note to the American reader: This novel is written in British English following the Oxford Dictionary for its grammar and punctuation. It has been edited by two British Editors and several British Proofreaders. We use semi-colon’s instead of dashes and these are not typos. Thank you!
Although a writer of speculative fiction for all of my adult life, I’m now a published author with my debut novel ‘The Queen’s Curse on Amazon, available on Kindle or Kindle app. My second Fantasy ‘Call Off The Search’ (1st of a series) has been released and received positive feedback. Book 2, Children Of The Sun is just out!
I’m born and raised in The Netherlands, I have lived in Norway,Wales, Northern-Ireland and currently near Manchester, UK, with my partner, two small children, two dogs and a cat with no tail.
‘The Queen’s Curse’ has received some great reviews and is called “Lyrical Fantasy” by fellow Fantasy author Rob Ross and “A riveting read” by another.
It’s an original heroic spiritual Fantasy novel that interests a lot of people; both straight and gay as it has many interesting elements such as: justice/injustice, power/control,lesbian romance, freedom,adventure, magic, immortality, intrigue, soul searching, love, life, loss, near death experience, sword and sorcery. In this book I explore the ancient battle between good and evil so common in Fantasy. What is evil and how does someone become bad? In my work I deal with all elements of life, love and loss and try to build strong characters as realistic as possible, for even though the genre is Fantasy I want people to feel connected with my heroes and villains as they would with their friends. I am influenced by writers such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Tanith Lee.