COMING MAY 10th 2016: The Village of Bones: Sabalah’s Tale
A Prequel To Mary Mackey’s best-selling Earthsong Trilogy, The Village of Bones brings to life the Goddess-worshiping people of Stone Age Europe. NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
“Mary Mackey’s The Village of Bones, gives us the vivid adventures of The Clan of the Cave Bear, the magic of The Mists of Avalon and Lord of the Rings, and the beauty of Avatar. Filled with the belief that love drives out fear, it contains stunning twists that will leave you wanting more.”
Dorothy Hearst, author of the Wolf Chronicles
In 4386 B.C., a young priestess named Sabalah conceives a magical child with a mysterious stranger named Arash. Sabalah names the child Marrah. This child will save the Goddess-worshiping people of Europe from nomad invaders called Beastmen, but only if her mother can keep her alive long enough to grow up. Warned by the Goddess in a vision of the coming invasion, Sabalah flees west with Arash to save her baby daughter, only to discover that she is running into the arms of her worst enemies. In the dark forests of northern Europe, other human-like species left over from the Ice Age still exist.
The Village of Bones will be available from amazon.com on May 10th as a Kindle e-book and a trade paperback.
A Note On Fairies, gnomes, elves, demon lovers, magical creatures, and ancient hominids:
Paleoanthropologists have discovered a number of ancient species which they agree were human-like. The best known are the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis), which appear to have interbred with humans as may have the lesser known Denisovans (Denisova hominins). Other human-like beings included Homo floresiensis, Homo erectus, Homo habilis, and the recently discovered Homo nadeli. We don’t know by what names these cousins of ours called themselves or if any more remain to be discovered, but as I began to write The Village of Bones, I came to wonder if perhaps small bands of human-like survivors were the original inspiration for the stories of fairies, gnomes, elves, and other magical creatures which appear so often in European folk tales.
Sneak Peek at the Plot of The Village of Bones:
The Village of Bones opens twelve years before the beginning of The Year The Horses Came. In Europe, the Goddess Earth is worshiped from the coast of Brittany to the Black Sea, but catastrophe lurks just over the horizon. Horse-riding nomads from the eastern steppes are preparing to invade.
Based on current archaeological research and filled with surprising twists, The Village of Bones is a fast-paced story of courage, devotion, and an all-consuming love that leads Sabalah to make a decision that could destroy her, her baby, and perhaps all humankind.