Please help me welcome Nicole Conway, author of Traitor, to the blog today. She is here to tell us a bit more about the Princess of the Gray Elves, Araxie!
INSIDE INFO ON ARAXIE, PRINCESS OF THE GRAY ELVES
by Nicole Conway
Let me start by saying that I love Araxie. She’s tough, independent, smart, and utterly fearless. Her first and foremost goal is to do right by her kingdom and its people. She’s as fierce as she is beautiful, working hard to live up to the expectations set before her as the future queen. She’s suffered unbelievable loss, both in losing her family members and in seeing her world literally burn down around her – but she remains strong throughout. But in spite of all that, there is still something distinctly soft and feminine about her. She can be gentle just as easily as she can be brutal. I very much strived to channel that image of a mighty tigress when I wrote for her. And now, since I’m living in South Korea, whenever I see depictions of a dragon battling a tiger, I’m reminded of her relationship with a certain dragonrider.
In essence, she represents who the gray elves are. Through her, I wanted the readers to finally understand who these mysterious jungle warriors were – that they were people of pride, intense dedication to one another, but also with the capability for great compassion. They’ve had to become hardened and lethal to survive both the war and their jungle home, but that hasn’t robbed them of their morality.
Dragonrider Chronicles 3
May 10, 2016
Can anyone survive being lost in Luntharda?
No amount of training has prepared Jaevid Broadfeather for the frontlines of battle. Now facing the true horrors of war, with Luntharda looming on the horizon, Jaevid has begun to question everything he thought about his heritage. The only thing keeping him going is his oath to protect his dragonrider brothers. But in an instant, even that slips through Jaevid’s fingers as he steps from the safety of his dragon’s saddle into the depths of his mother’s wild homeland—the kingdom of the gray elves.
Stranded in Luntharda with his partner, Lieutenant Jace Rordin, Jaevid must finally confront the demons of his own past as he uncovers the truth about a war that began before he was ever born. Armed with a new appreciation for destiny, and flanked by his trusted friends, Jaevid moves to make the final strike against an enemy that has hidden in plain sight for far too long.
One kingdom’s traitor will become the world’s last hope.
About the Author
Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.