Elana A. Mugdan’s debut novel, “Dragon Speaker,” was released in North America on Oct. 15, 2018. At 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, she will appear at King’s Books (218 St. Helens Ave.) in advance of Independent Bookstore Day. She will be performing a reading and signing copies of her book.
“Dragon Speaker” is the first in a cycle of five novels in Mugdan’s Young Adult fantasy series, “The Shadow War Saga.” After having been published in 2016 by Pen Works Media in England, the book was accepted as an outstanding independent work by DartFrog Books, a leading sponsor of indie authors and booksellers in America.
“Dragon Speaker” is one of a select group of novels placed in stores across the nation that have partnered with DartFrog to showcase and promote exceptional talent. Chanticleer Book Reviews raves: “High fantasy that hits all the marks … fantasy – adventure – coming of age. It’s all here in Elana Mugdan’s ‘Dragon Speaker’!” Reader’s Favorite adds: “A fresh premise to the classic dragon theme.”
Everyone knows this story: an unlikely young hero is chosen by divine providence to save the world from a terrible evil. Except Keriya Nameless is crippled, without the power to wield magic in a world where everyone else can. The god who chose her is a mysterious dragon with a knack for exploiting loopholes in the rules of the Allentrian universe. Oh – and that terrible evil the world needs to be saved from? Maybe it’s not quite as evil as everyone says.
Mugdan is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter who is currently participating in a contest, hosted by Coca Cola and vitaminwater, to go one year without the use of a smartphone. If she succeeds, she will win $100,000 – most of which will go toward her ongoing book tour, as well as her plans to donate copies of her books to schools and libraries across the nation to promote love of reading, fantasy, and imagination.
Mugdan is a New York City native who lives a quiet but eccentric life with her pet rescue snake, Medusa. She brings an authentic air to her book signing events and readings by appearing in full Allentrian costume. Her second novel, “Dragon Child,” book two of “The Shadow War Saga,” will be published on May 17 with a celebration in the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City, the world’s largest bookstore.