Azaria M.J. Durant
(Darkened Destiny Saga #1)
Publication date: July 29th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
An ancient power long kept dormant stirs in the shadows once more as one boy embarks on a quest to earn his freedom and the freedom of his world!
Magic has turned to myth, the Vaelhyreans of old to legend, and the power wielded by the ancients has long been forgotten. However, with Ealdred, a mere half-breed slave boy, myth becomes real, the forgotten remembered, and the power of legend is reborn within him.
Ealdred is merged into a world of mystery, brimming with deceit, where the remaining Vaelhyreans are in a desperate fight for their very survival. When Ealdred is kidnapped by the power-mongering dark lord Zeldek himself, he must make a choice; to commit his newfound magic to Zeldek’s service or die. But when he meets Bellator, clever yet treacherous servant of Zeldek, an alternative is presented to him: to escape from Zeldek’s stronghold and embark on a quest to find a cursed arrow and free the Vaelhyreans from the spell that keeps their powers at bay.
Yet how can he survive in a world where magic is illegal, half-breeds are hated, and the four countries are on the brink of war?
"Top 10 TV Series"
I’ll admit, I haven’t watched many TV shows in my life so far, mostly because I was one of those strange kids raised with books and not a TV, but in the past couple of years I’ve watched a couple of quality ones, which I will now rank for you.
10. Downton Abbey
I really loved the concept of this story, and the romantic conflict between Mary and Matthew, and Branson and Sibyl was beautiful and interesting to follow. The show, however, ranks no higher than ten on my list because of how it spiralled after the tragic end to season three. I mean, as an author, I love pain. But it needs to be necessary.
9. Call the Midwife
If I ever thought a TV show about birth in the 1950’s was going to be tacky and annoying, slap me, because this show was everything but. It was intense, my people. So intense. I cried every damn episode, and I’m not sorry. Definitely recommend.
8. Miraculous Ladybug
I am still very much a child at heart as well as a romantic, though I will aggressively deny this fact. So when I discovered this show about two teen superheroes helplessly and very complicatedly in love, I was on that fan cart in two shakes of a ram’s tail. Ignoring the fact that they look identical to their masked counterparts, and that it should be obvious who they are, I will avidly watch the show until they find out who each other are and freaking kiss already!!
Pretty sure that Merlin was the first TV show I ever watched, and since then I’ve watched the entire thing three or four times now. Even though that ending season annoys me to death. The story was true to one of my favourite classics, and I loved all of the different twists put on the story.
6. North and South
Back to me not being a romantic… gonna forget about that for a second and say that this show was awesome. I watched the entire four part series in one night, and then again the next night. My only problem with it was that the happy ending was far too short.
5. Doctor Who
Not going to lie and say I’m a full out Whovian, but I definitely love this show. I appreciate the weirdness of the Doctors, and I love everything that each companion and Doctor brings into the show. But I’m going to say… Rose and Nine… I love them so much.
I’ve always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes because of how cleverly the mysteries are always crafted (pretty much the only mystery story out there I can’t always guess before it’s revealed). The thing I love most about the Sherlock TV show is the old story set in the modern setting and written just as cleverly as Arthur Conan Doyle wrote it. Though y’all, I called the whole East Wind thing from the beginning. Just putting that out there.
3. Avatar: The Last Airbender
This is the second best children’s series I’ve watched. The character development was so well balanced and so good, not only with Zuko, but with every character; Katara going from unskilled to a badass master, everything about Toph, Aang going from silly child to powerful, wise avatar, and even Sokka. The messages that show taught were excellent. I was so disappointed with the sequel series. I’m looking at you, Kora.
2. The Clone Wars
I cannot rave enough about this TV series. Honestly. Every bit of it was awesome. The Star Wars universe was still a mystery before this show came out. It fleshed out everything; from how the Jedi Order worked, to how Dukoo rose to power, to even how Darth Maul became so evil. Not to mention Mandalore! I never expected I would love the clones, and I never though that a character as awesome as Ahsoka Tano existed before she appeared in the movie. So much love for this series. AND THEY’RE FINALLY FINISHING IT!!!
1. Agents of Shield
This show. Is. Fantastic! And it just keeps getting better. When I can look at a show and not be able to figure out who my favourite character is because the cast is so awesome, I know the story I’m immersed in is beyond excellent. A lot of TV shows I’ve watched seem to have a hard time keeping up with the good storylines after being around for so long, but Agents of Shield is still going strong! That last season… out of this world! (And yes, that was a pun.) Let’s just say that FitzSimmons is a gift from heaven.
There you have it. My top ten favourite TV shows! Have you watched any of these? Which are your favourites? Let me know!
Azaria M. J. Durant is a young, passionate writer of fantasy with plans to branch out into sci-fi and dystopian. She enjoys writing stories with action, adventure, unexpected plot twists, and fleshed out characters that challenge gender roles and expectations.
Azaria lives in Atlantic Canada with her family, cats, and dogs, and her big dreams to travel the world. In the moments when she isn’t writing, she is sketching concept art for her stories, participating in community theatre, or curled up with a good book and a bag of mint chocolates.
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