I’m celebrating my newest release, The Fay’s Apprentice, the third novel in my four-book Levi Prince YA Christian fantasy series. This series features scrawny, redheaded, homeschooled pastor’s son Levi Prince during his summers at Camp Classic, a camp for classically educated kids that’s actually a haven for mythical creatures.
Years ago, when I first dreamed up Levi and Terracaelum, it was only natural that Levi be a redheaded, homeschooled pastor's kid like my own children. Camp Classic came into being because we follow a Classical Christian educational system for homeschool, and I thought it be intriguing to include stories from Classical mythology into my plot lines. The Trojan Horse Traitor plays off of the Greek Trojan horse incident. The Fall of Thor's Hammer incorporates the funny Norse myth about Thor in a wedding dress. The Fay's Apprentice integrates the Ancient British legend of Morgan le Fay's apprenticeship to Merlin.
My Levi Prince series is set in Terracaelum, a realm populated by mythical creatures yet ruled by a human man and a human woman. The name Terracaelum comes from the Latin words terra (earth) and caelum (sky or heaven). Camp Classic is on Classic Island, a tiny island in the middle of Lake Superior. Unknown to most of the campers, the far northern cliff of Castle Island is the connecting point with Terracaelum, which is invisible except when the drawbridge is lowered. Besides the director and his wife, Camp Classic's F is not human; it is comprised of elves, dwarves, and pixies who pass for humans to the campers who are unaware that they left Castle Island and entered Terracaelum. Beyond the castle live many other mythical creatures — dragons, mormos, basilisks, dvergar, harpies, griffins, rocs, unicorns, merweavers, lake monsters, and a shape-shifting demon sorcerer named Deceptor.
While my flawed but lovable main character Levi is a homeschooler, making him appealing to home-educated kids, he is also relatable to traditional-schoolers and even adults. While especially geared toward ten to sixteen year olds, readers of any age will enjoy watching Levi tackle archery, fencing, canoeing, Dragon jousting, Latin verbs, history dates, and, of course, Deceptor and his evil cronies in their bids to take over Terracaelum.
If you're interested in reading Levi's stories, you can buy my books on Amazon in either paperback or Kindle formats. I've included the buy links and blurbs for each book below.
Left on Castle Island to attend Camp Classic, Levi Prince finds himself at the center of an enchanted world of amazing abilities, cloudy motives, and wicked beings that will challenge his very spirit. He begins to form friendships, but life at camp becomes more confusing as questionable activities and uncertain agendas bring about conflict that tests his character in ways you never expected. Finally, faced with a friend's betrayal, Levi is forced to confront true evil. Will he find the courage to stand his ground and to become the hero he was always meant to be?
Stay out of the cellar! One of Camp Classic's firmest rules puts Levi in a dilemma when he hears banging on the cellar door. Could it be a Lake Superior sailor driven into Terracaelum's underbelly by a storm? Or is it one of the Dvergar trying to lure a foolish camper to certain death? It's only the first night back in the castle and already Levi must make a potentially disastrous decision: Should he disobey Mr. Dominic at the risk of his own life? Or do as he's told, possibly leaving some poor sailor to wander in darkness until he starves?
On Levi's third summer at Camp Classic, he is torn between two responsibilities. On the one hand, his parents expect him to watch over his little sister Abby, who has no clue their summer camp is a haven for mythical creatures. On the other hand, Mr. Dominic wants him to train at For Terra, a full day's hike away from his sister, because of Levi's previous encounters with the demon sorcerer Deceptor. Although he enjoys training with his friends, Levi finds life at Fort Terra difficult thanks to the ongoing tension between him and Hunter and the stress of having his former kidnapper Regin as a chaperone. When the woman Regin claims to be the evil sorceress Anna appears, Levi faces a whole new challenge.
Award-winning author Amy C. Blake is a pastor's wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has an M.A. in English from Mississippi College and has written articles, devotionals, and short stories for a number of publications. She's also writing two series for the Christian market, her Levi Prince YA fantasy series and her On the Brink Christian suspense trilogy. Whitewashed, Colorblind, and Tie-Dyed, featuring three homeschooled girls on the brink of adulthood ... and danger, are available in paperback and Kindle. , r, and The Fay’s Apprentice, about homeschooled pastor’s kid Levi Prince and his adventures in Terracaelum, are also available in paperback and Kindle.
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