What if you were a shapeshifter, but didn’t know it?
What if the man who raised you had played a part in your father’s execution?
What if you discover that the people closest to you have been lying to you all your life?
On a cold October morning in Blackwater Hills, an alternate dimension hidden deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine, Samuel Singleton steps outside to do his morning chores. Halfway through the days’ tasks, he becomes distracted by a woman who materializes in the forest and calls out for help. Samuel rushes toward her, and is whisked through a portal into the domain of the witch goddess known as the Shadowlands.
On a cold October evening, Cadie Maxwell, a priestess newly sworn to the Sacred Order follows what she believes is the will of the gods, flees the only home she has ever known, and embarks on a quest to find the real truth about her tribe’s Sacred Law—a law that demands that any male cursed with shapeshifting powers must be executed.
With limited knowledge of the world beyond Blackwater Hills, Cadie arrives in a small town called Ashland. She takes a job at a local bar and grill where she hears Jonathan and Sarina Lance discussing their missing father, best-selling novelist J. Lance Sr..
Cadie, Jonathan, and Sarina join forces with an eager, up-and-coming reporter on a quest to rescue J. Lance Sr..
Cadie guides the outsiders through the Great Shield (a powerful force-field that that protects her homeland) but things do not progress the way any of them expect. Anxious to find her father, Sarina breaks off from the group. The others chase after her, but find Samuel—naked and disoriented— instead.
Cadie discovers that Samuel is cursed with the shapeshifting power, and to her dismay, the council of priests votes to put her in charge of Samuel’s execution. In order to save Samuel’s life and get her friends safely back to Ashland, Cadie must expose the corruption within the priesthood, forswear her holy vows, and uncover the real truth about her gods and her tribe.
MERULA is book two in the compelling contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters who dwell deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine USA, in an hidden dimension known as Blackwater Hills.
L.E. Harrison is the author of the contemporary fantasy series, The Children Of Corvus. Her poems and short stories have appeared in numerous publications, and are featured in the compilation, "From the Uncollected Thoughts Of: L.E. Harrison." She lives in rural Pennsylvania, where she is hard at work on the next book in The Children Of Corvus Series. COMING SOON! Corvus: The Children Of Corvus Book Three