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Maggie Furey Books In Order

Publication Order of Artifacts of Power Books

Aurian (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Harp of Winds (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sword of Flame (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dhiamarra (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Shadowleague Books

The Heart of Myrial (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spirit of the Stone (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eye of Eternity aka Echo of Eternity (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Maggie Furey is a British novelist from Northumberland best known for the Artefacts of Power and the Creatures of Darkness series of Paranormal Fantasy Thrillers. Even as she was born and bred in Northumberland, England’s riches legend and lore filled county and a perfect setting for fantasy, she was never an active child. She was born with a rare heart condition that made it impossible for her to be physically active during her childhood. Given her condition she spent much of her time finding entertainment and adventure in all manners of books in which she could disappear in fantastical other worldly universes. As such, when other children were out climbing trees and riding bikes, she found solace by sailing with the Amazons and Swallows and winning races with Jill and her horses. She has always had a vivid imagination right from childhood and walking to school, she would imagine herself sailing her boat or riding her pony, much to the consternation of her mother. Her first encounter with Fantasy was when she read “The Silver Chair” in the second grade. She was so blown away by the idea that one could create an entire new world or universe with unique characters, and plotlines, which was so different from the real world. By the end of the week, she had read the entire Narnia Chronicles and The Hobbit by the end of the month. The limitless scope of the genre convinced combined with her vivid imagination convinced her that she was meant to be a writer of fantasy novels – she has never looked back since.

Several surgeries over the years led to an improvement in Furey’s health, enabling her to live a more normal life. She would get her professional teaching qualifications and would later serve as advisor in the Durham Reading and Language Resources Center. She was also contracted to the BBC, where she reviewed the popular “Children and Books” Program and organized several children’s book fairs. She attributes the fact that she always seemed to find herself working in careers to do with books as having something to do with fate. Right from Grammar School, she had always been the best at English, and Doreen Dixon her teacher had always told her that she would one day be Britain’s best writers. This encouragement is what kept her going even when she had to work as a legal secretary – one of the worst jobs she ever held. Her Grammar teacher’s prediction would come true when she married Eric Furey and moved to the wild countryside in Teesdale, where she found herself jobless. With all the time in the world, she just knew she should write her book instead of continually correcting her husband’s grammar. Luckily, she had tens of ideas simmering in her mind and with Eric as her cheerleader; she was never so certain that she was made for a professional writing career. The rest as they say is history. She lives in County Wicklow, Ireland with her husband Eric and her two tortoises Sparkle and Eddie and two beautiful Ragdoll cats Sunshine and Merlin.

Maggie Furey’s novels are character driven master classes held together by adherence to rules and an eye for detail, which makes the novels so lifelike and realistic. The lead character is Aurian, the child of the renegade Mage. The heroine is only one of the small band of Mage that lives in the wild woods with her mother. Even as they live in the cold woods, they rule over the mortal humans who have never concealed their hatred and contempt of the Mage. Aurian has been raised as a strong-willed and skilled swordsman in an attempt to make sure she does not wander to the dark arts of Fire Magic that had killed her father. The novels excellently combine romance and fantasy in making one comment on another. For instance, the theme of Miathan the villain’s sexual frustration runs throughout the novels as contrasted with the effervescent love of Forral and Aurian. Furey imagination often goes wild, throwing in everything into the novels from high seas adventure, slave trading, pirates and brutal gladiatorial contests. The novels are fast paced stories with strong characters that can be said to be wish fulfillment fantasies in the mold of John Carter of Mars or Conan the Barbarian.

Aurian Maggie Furey’s debut novel is the classic epic high fantasy novel full of Welsh legend and lore. Featuring gladiatorial arenas, telepathic cats, scheming women, mages, and corrupt kings, the novels will transport the reader back to the good old days when women used to wear chain mail or robes, and fight with swords. Aurian the lead protagonist has been brought up by her mageborn mother, deep in the forest after the death of her father. The arrival of the swordsman Forral has unnerved Eilin, Aurian’s mother; though he comes to be the most important thing that could ever have happened to Aurian. The swordsman wants to help teach the young Aurian the ancient art of swordsmanship, and it is not long before they are inseparable. When Aurian discovers that she may have some supernatural powers, Forral advises her mother to enroll her at the Academy, where most of the talented Mage go to school. Little does Aurian know that she will soon be embroiled in a power struggle between the human inhabitants of Nexis and Miathan the despot king. She only has Forral the friend of her dead father and commander of the city’s garrison as her only ally in the quest to find the artefacts of power, which will finally enable them to triumph over the evil Miathan.

Harp of Winds the second novel in The Artefacts of Power series of novels picks up where the first novel left off. An entertaining and exciting novel, it highlights Maggie Furey’s imagination as she expands the universes and introduces new interesting characters. The Aurian tale unfolds in a blaze of mystic enchantment, terror, and glory as Aurian and Anvar reconstruct the first of the three lost artefacts of power, the Staff of the Earth. But they are trapped in the South with Aurian’s powers crippled by her pregnancy, necessitating that she rely on the weaker powers of Anvar the half breed Mage. Their Odyssey sees them return to Nexis the holy city where they hope to finally defeat Miathan the crazed Archamage. Arriving at the city, they find it in the icy grip of eternal winter brought about by Miathan’s cunning and deceit that unleashed some of the most cataclysmic sorcery on the city’s inhabitants.

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