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Temporary Blurb Thingy

Nineteen. Beautiful. Kind. Talented.
Ancient? 

Small town Woodsborough girl, Amaia Matthews is used to feeling on the outside. Both her and her best friend Zara have lost their parents in strange disappearances and haven’t felt quite like they belonged in this town since they were little. Things start to get increasingly strange after Amaia’s 19th birthday when she starts feeling as though people are following her. In truth, she is being followed, but by what, no one is quite sure. Her life gets a little too exciting for her liking and the last thing she remembers is her best friend pushing her off a cliff before waking up in a lovely green forest with two people staring at her: a handsome man in odd clothing wearing a crown and a beautiful young woman who’s dressed like a bar maid.

What then unfolds is filled with anarchy, monarchy and magical battles of a 17th century Woodsborough.

Some Notable Places in the 21st Century

The Statue;;

At the foot of the mountains of Woodsborough can be found a waterfall. In the center of the large pool of water at the base of this waterfall stands a marble statue of a beautiful young woman. The woman, dressed in a medieval styled dress and robes, wears a soft expression that matches her delicate features. She also boasts a head of voluminous, curly hair atop which sits a magnificently detailed crown with what look to be real diamonds set into the stone. Carved neatly at the foot of this statue, just barely above the water, is an inscription. The words are written in a dead language which almost none can read in present times, but it tells of the history of Woodsborough and of a none-too-happy ending for a young Princess and her unborn child.

The Gorge of Althea;;

Named after the Elvin Princess, Althea, it is the place of her last stand and her sacrifice for her people, her family and the Kingdom. It is still the gateway into Elmaredor, only there is no longer a safe pass over the river that has become a gorge.

The Elmarian Wood;;

This is all that is left of Elmaredor in the 21st century. Only accessible via the Gorge of Althea, the Elmarian wood is an overgrown woodland that although it still holds beauty is a mere forest compared to the magnificent realm it used to be. It is covered with only a few remnants of what used to be magical protection, giving the land it’s eerily, messy perfection.

The Castle Ruins to the North;;

These are the ruins of the Castle of the Kingdom of Woodsborough. Although the castle was mostly destroyed, a few walls and rooms remain intact and over time, the stained and scorched land has given way to the life of lush green grass and vines among numerous other flora that now hide the ruins. It is a wondrous sight to behold, the ruins in daylight.

The Ruins of the West;;

These ruins are thought to be that of Woodsborough’s enemy. The castle is more intact than that of the Kingdom’s but the land has never recovered from the evil that used to inhabit it.

Characters

Amaia Matthews;;

A beautiful, young 19 year old girl with lengthy brown hair and deep-drown eyes. She is a college student studying history with a major in music and entertains regularly at the local cafe/bar with her voice and her guitar. She lost both of her parents when she was young, and has lived with her best friend Zara’s family until more recently moving out on her own and back into her mum’s old house.

Zara Hallow;;

A loud and over the top 19 year old with a unique style and personality. With her vibrant purple hair and her smokey grey eyes, she’s Amaia’s best friend. She attends the same college and waits and the same cafe/bar her friend performs at.

Melinda Maarten;;

The 31 year old owner of the local and widely popular inn. Her pleasant personality and tolerance for almost everyone that passes through her inn has given her quite the reputation and a constant stream of customers. Melinda is one of the first people to befriend Amaia and they become quite close.

Kaiyah Hallow;;

Kaiyah is Woodsborough’s most renowned sorceress/enchantress. With her brightly coloured hair and her amazing gold eyes, she is extremely unique compared to the rest of the magical community. The 26 year old woman is the Prince’s best friend and caters to any and all magical needs of the King and Queen.

Princess Eva of Woodsborough;;

The blonde, curly haired, blue-eyed Princess is rather quiet and shy when she isn’t out playing with her brother in the gardens. At 8 years of age, she exceeds the intelligence of many of the townsfolk thanks to the castle’s abundance of books and her thirst for knowledge and understanding.

Princess Althea;;

This 26 year old Elvin Princess of Elmaredor, although still fairly young for an elf, has been ruling the people of Elmaredor for a decade. Her mother became distant and reclusive when her daughter was only young, leaving the crown to Althea’s father. Two years later, he disappeared and the young girl’s mother returned to her for a short time to rule before crowning her as Princess and the young age of 16. She has seen neither parent since but keeps in contact with her mother. She worries for her father from whom she’s since never heard from.

Woodsborough: The Town and The Kingdom

At this stage, these descriptions may change at a moments notice. They are also pretty basic descriptions that I wrote in October of last year. But for now, they shall suffice. ^^

21st Century Woodsborough – The Town;;

Woodsborough is your typical suburb only, a lot more remote, and very laid back. In complete contrast to the surrounding landscape of desert valley and snow capped mountains, the town is covered in rich green grass and a vast array of colours from flowers, to houses and even cars. It’s like an oasis in the desert- without the palm trees. Woodsborough is accessed through one road and one road only; the steep and winding pass that travels along the cliff’s edge from the valley floor for a matter of miles. At the top of the steep incline, the road veers right pass the cliff’s outlook post – a place that becomes quite important in the story – and into the green beauty of this small town set into the mountains.

Most of the town is situated close to the main access road but further back towards the mountains, the old parts of the town still remain. A few dilapidated houses can be seen along the edge of the old forest where the road ends but deep among the towering oaks and redwoods lies the oldest part of Woodsborough’s history: the ruins of the Castle RoyalFamilyNameThatIHaven’tThoughOfYet. XD

17th Century Woodsborough – The Kingdom;;

Welcome back through time! The Kingdom of Woodsborough is set in medieval times. The castle is set just back off center and is surrounded by the peaceful, working people of the Kingdom. Some notable places in the Kingdom include the inn of Melinda Maarten, which is set in the center of the closest town and the home of Kaiyah Hallow, the Castle sorceress/enchantress, which sits at the edge of town a midst the outermost trees of the forest.

Woodsborough is bordered by five surrounding realms. Only three of which the royal family still have knowledge of. Elmaredor, home of the Great University/Library and the Elven Princess, Althea, the home of the Fae (I had a fantastic name for this, but I’ve since lost it) which the Kingdom only has slight knowledge of and finally the supposed ‘Kingdom’ of the antagonist. Knowledge of what lies in the other two realms is lost to all but the eldest of residents. (They won’t however be relevant – at this stage – to this novel.)