The Blacksmith Prince by Beryll Brackhaus and Osiris Brackhaus
Editing & Proof Chantal Perez Fournier
Layout & Book Design Julia Schwenk
Cover Anna Tiferet Sikorska | tiferetdesign.com
Map Kosmic | kosmicdungeon.com
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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Beryll Brackhaus and Osiris Brackhaus today as they talk about ‘Capturing Magic’ and their latest novel “The Blacksmith Prince”.
“Capturing Magic” by Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus
When authors go on vacation together, it is inevitable that book ideas will happen, ranging from crazy nonsense to viable stories. Many, if not most of them, will never get written, simply because you can only write so much and you’ll have to pick what you want to work on.
When Osiris and I went to France last year with another author friend, we spent two wonderful weeks filled with eating and plotting novels and soaking up the very special atmosphere of the Perigord.
It feels, in many ways, like a magical place, a little lost in time. It is very easy to imagine men in laced shirts with large hats, dashing and daring. You just need to squint the right way and the cars disappear from the narrow roads and are replaced by horses. When you walk in the woods, you can almost hear faery creatures whisper in the underbrush.
There was talk of pirates, of orcs and dwarves and of a fisherman.
The fisherman turned out to be the most persistent. When we got back home, we were supposed to start working on ‘Moonstealer’, the third part of our Smilodon pride series. But the fisherman just kept talking about his hopeless love for the local blacksmith, about fairies and curses. He was relentless. So in the end, we had to give in and write down his tale.
All the little details we saw in France effortlessly wove themselves into the tapestry of the story. The swallows over the river, the steep cobblestone alleys, the breathtaking view over the valley from the cliffs, the food, the golden afternoon light – sights and sounds everyone who has set a foot into the Perigord will instantly recognize.
We hope we managed to capture the magical feeling of those wonderful two weeks on paper, wrapped in a story that makes it fun and beautiful to read for everyone. Maybe we will even manage to make our readers feel the beauty and joy of that corner of the world, and that in itself would feel like magic to us.
Once upon a time, a young blacksmith sought a witch’s help to save his parents. And foolhardy as he was, he paid him with a kiss…
17th century Perigord is a county of sun-drenched villages and dark forests, languid rivers and moonlit lakes. It is a corner of France teeming with spirits, dryads and nymphs, and like everywhere else, witches are burned at the stake here.
Born with the second sight, young fisherman Jehan wants nothing but to keep his head down, work hard, and stay out of trouble. Which works well enough until a suspicious string of bad luck befalls the village smith and his wife. Their adoptive son Giraud is everybody’s dashing darling, who behind his sooty smile and swashbuckling manners has buried a painful connection to the supernatural himself. Fearing that some evil is afoot, Giraud turns to the only other man in town who knows about the hidden world around them – Jehan.
Before long, they are embroiled in a quest involving brigands, witches and noble fey, while their friendship and attraction gradually shifts into something deeper. If they manage to survive ancient feuds and everyday prejudice, they might even have a chance to forge a Happily Ever After all of their own…
From Rainbow-Award-winning authors Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus, ‘The Blacksmith Prince’ is an old-fashioned, swoon-worthy historical fantasy romance about tender love in a time when history and fairy-tales were one and the same.
ISBN-13 978-1542456104 (softcover)
ASIN B071QZG4R5 (ebook)\
Length 290 Pages / 85.000 words
First publication July 14th, 2017
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About the Authors
Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus are a couple currently living their happily ever after in the very heart of Germany, under the stern but loving surveillance of their cat.
Both of them are voracious but picky readers, they love telling stories and drinking tea, good food and the occasional violent movie. Together, they write novels of adventure and romance, hoping to share a little of their happiness with their readers.
An artist by heart, Beryll was writing stories even before she knew what letters were. As easily inspired as she is frustrated, her own work is never good enough (in her eyes). A perfectionist in the best and worst sense of the word at the same time and the driving creative force of the duo.
An entertainer and craftsman in his approach to writing, Osiris is the down-to-earth, practical part of our duo. Broadly interested in almost every subject and skill, with a sunny mood and caring personality, he strives to bring the human nature into focus of each of his stories.
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