By- Jessica E. Paige
Genre- YA Fairy Tale/Folklore
Orphaned at a young age, 15-year old Anouk’s punishment for being too outspoken is an arranged marriage worse than any she could imagine. Fleeing on horseback, yet without a sense of where to turn, she stumbles upon an idyllic village where she finds safe haven. Could this be home?
Ultimately, it will lead her to confront the very face of death, yet amidst the danger and darkness, she meets a handsome woodsman and finds a glowing blue flower with power beyond her wildest dreams.
Inspired by Russian fairy tales and steeped in ancient folklore, Paige’s novel is ripe with fantasy, love, and courage.
Enjoy an excerpt from Chasing Ravens-
She flipped through the drawings of massive Ogres, the Vodnik with his fish scales and green beard, a shapeshifting Leshii with spiraled horns and a pack of wolves, and beautiful, long-haired Rusalki, the spirits of drowned maidens. There were illustrations of herbs Anouk had never seen. One vibrant blue flower had a note underneath: Visual approximation, based on description. This plant is said to have gleaming petals and rarely appears, blooming only at midnight for a short time. Highly coveted by some creatures, but powers not fully understood. No known use for humans.
The last page of the book had a drawing of a man dressed in deerskin. His dark hair and beard were shaggy and his eyes looked unfeeling. The caption below simply read: Woodsmen: Brutish and unclean.
About the Author-
Jessica Paige hails from the Seattle area where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Though she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jessica has long been intrigued by the ancient folklore of her Slavic and Lithuanian roots. Her love of horses and the outdoors led her to a career in environmental outreach, and her studies in herbalism. When she’s not working or writing, you’ll find her digging in the garden, creating herbal remedies, or walking in the woods with her dogs. You can visit her at www. jessicaepaige.com.