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Okay, yesterday I worked on taglines, aka the “hook.”
This is what I came up with:
When magic turns to murder, who do you call?
Curse Breaker: Enchanted is at its heart a mystery as well as epic fantasy. Two groups of hikers are found dead at the beginning. One of them was a child. The crime scenes are located in the enchanted forest. But wait! The enchanted forest has three rules:
- No fires
- No blades (no cutting trees down)
- No harming children
Break any of those rules and the forest will kill you. Those pointy branches have a killing edge.
Sarn concludes that one group tried to rob the other since:
- banditry is common
- the enchanted forest is huge and impossible to police
- There are two crime scenes
What he spends the rest of the book unraveling is why the forest didn’t save the child. Why did it violate is own rules? Worse still, his finding of the bodies pulls him into a nefarious plot six years in the making. It’s building up to something big and bad and he’s caught in its unfolding web. There’s also an entity watching his every move and the ghost of the dead boy haunting his every step, making him fear for his son. Everywhere he turns, danger awaits him. And to top it all off, his magic refuses to cooperate, driving him ever nearer to discovery by a magic-hating populace. Against all this, what can an indentured, untrained mage do?
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Yeah, I know the synopsis needs work, but I figured you needed some context for the tagline to make sense.
While working on this, I wondered if Curse Breaker: Enchanted should be racked as contemporary fantasy instead of epic. I have all the epic fantasy tropes–err well my version of them, but they don’t all appear in every book or even in this book. The Queen of All Trees disagrees with me. She claims her presence qualifies this book, and every book she appears in, as epic fantasy. I’m not arguing with a 1000 foot tall enchanted tree who can flatten me with her magic. But still, I wonder…)
The Queen of All Trees disagrees with me. She claims her presence qualifies this book, and every book she appears in, as epic fantasy. I’m not arguing with a 1000 foot tall enchanted tree who can flatten me with her magic. But still, I wonder…
What do you think?