Meet the newest Dragonwell author W. B. J. Williams and his enchanting debut historical fantasy THE GARDEN AT THE ROOF OF THE WORLD. Here is what the author says about his upcoming book:
We’ve all been there, making promises to God, if only my beloved gets well, I’ll do anything! The Garden at the Roof of the World is about a young woman, Gwenaella, a convent student in the mid 13th century, who learns that her brother is dying. Fearing the worst, she rushes home, pausing only to help an old woman who is hurt by a stone kicked up by a galloping horse. This old woman tells her if she seeks a unicorn in the dangerous and mysterious Brocéliande forest, she will find the help she seeks for her brother.
To the desperate Gwenaella, this promise seems the answer to her prayer, especially when it is followed by a dream that magically comes to her with the same promise.
Seeking that unicorn sets Gwenaella onto a dangerous quest that will have her travel half way across the known world, forcing her to confront her inner demons, overcome the loss of her betrothed, test the bounds of friendship, and discover the true meaning of love and of sacrifice.
This novel started as a bedtime story for my eldest daughter, of a young woman trying to help the unicorns in their need. As I told her of Gwenaella’s adventures, I realized that unlike other bedtime stories I created, this was a story worth sharing, but it was not to be a children’s story. Anyone traveling with a unicorn would be challenged to remain pure. At best, it would be a journey only a saint could make, and I would be sending perfectly ordinary people to try to return to paradise to save the life of something innocent. Gwenaella, like most of us is a good person, but she is no saint. Gwenaella’s journey is a spiritual journey as well as a physical journey, as she seeks to return to paradise to save something innocent in repayment for her brother’s life.
I am thrilled to be able to share Gwenaella’s story with you.
The Garden at the Roof of the world is now available for pre-order in our bookstore http://publishing.dragonwell.org
W. B. J. Williams will be reading and signing his books at Annie’s Book Stop in Sharon, MA on August 17, 2013.