Allaigna has discovered that her family has lied to her about her parentage all her life. Fuelled by anger and spurred by her betrothal to a neighbouring lord, Allaigna has packed her saddlebags and stolen away in the night. The perils of the road test her illicit ability to sing music into magic to its limit. Unlikely allies, subterfuge, captivity, and assault conspire to change Allaigna's status from mere runaway to fugitive. While Allaigna charts her dangerous course, the quieter tales of her mother and grandmother unfold in poignant vignettes that underscore the tensions of families and nations on the brink of war.
Praise for Allaigna
"Brilliantly observed … subtle and powerful"
"Beautiful writing and gripping storytelling throughout.
""JM Landels not only knows her magic, music, and swords, she knows how to weave all these elements into an exciting, enchanting, and uplifting tale. More please!" - CC Humphreys
"This beautifully-written high fantasy weaves together the tale of three generations of women, all of whom make very different life choices. It's rare to find a fantasy that focuses on female characters and their relationships, and even rarer to find one that does it so well. Magic and knights and swords and horses, yes, all of that is here, but this is definitely not your grandfather's old-school fantasy series. The story and the relatable characters will hook you right from the beginning, and leave you wanting to know more." - Amazon reviewer
"The compelling plot kept me hooked for hours! It was addictive." - Nabila Fairuz
"JM Landels writes with exquisite effect in this emotionally taut, action-imbued book set in a land that battles to come to terms with different forms of magic. Three intriguing women chart their own paths, creating a weave of intersecting consequences for the heroine. There is no shortage of surprises for the reader, in no small part because the characters in this tale refuse to fit into boxes. " - Myst de Vana
In addition to her work as a writer, editor, artist, and publisher, JM Landels teaches swordplay and riding - sometimes both at the same time - in Langley, BC. She draws on this experience, as well as her time as a rock musician and childbirth educator, to inform her fantasy trilogy, Allaigna's Song. She is currently working on a new series, La Bergère, featuring a shepherdess-turned-spy in seventeenth-century France.