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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Bird and the Blade (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soulswift (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy Books

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Undermining of Twyla and Frank (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Megan Bannen is a young adult and fantasy fiction author from Kansas that is best known as the writer of the novel “The Bird and the Blade.”

Given her popularity, she has been all over giving interviews, even though she does not necessarily love them. She always feels bad when she is asked to talk about herself given how boring her life is.

Even though she is a bestselling author, she works a day job as a librarian but she would one day love to work full-time as a mother and writer.

Bannen currently makes her home in Kansas City, where she lives with her very smart and magnificently coifed husband and their two children who are awesome aDd hilarious.

For some reason, she has degrees from Delaware State, Pittsburgh University, and the University of Kansas. Megan published the Bird and the Blade her debut novel in 2018 and has since become one of the most popular authors in the genre.

Like many of her contemporaries, Megan Bannen has always been interested in books which is perhaps why she decided to become a librarian. She has also been a teacher of the English language in middle school for several years.

Still, she always believed that she would one day become a fiction author but it was not until she was in her late thirties that she started getting serious about it.

It occurred to her that she was never going to achieve her dream of becoming an author unless she sat down and penned her manuscript.

It was not the first time she was making the attempt as she had tried it in the early 2000s. However, it was not until 2011 that she took the endeavor seriously.

Megan spent a year flailing all over the place writing the manuscript for The Bird and the Blade. By 2012 she was very frustrated and tossed out everything.

She would start afresh during NaNoWriMo and had a full manuscript by the end of the month. After many years of edits and revisions, she finally published her debut in 2018.

Megan Bannen is more of a pantser rather than a plotter, even though her process is way more convoluted as compared to that of other authors.

Every time she embarks on a new work, she starts with an idea and several important scenes that will make the spine of the book.

Once she is done writing that, it will usually be a messy slog that turns up a barely comprehensible manuscript that she will then start editing and revising.

As for the inspiration for her debut novel “The Bird and the Blade” she has said it came to her while she was listening to “Turandot” the Puccini opera.

She was stewing for the hundredth time about the rather stupefying conclusion when she thought she could make a satisfying young adult novel from a different perspective of the story.

It was from this and reading several other versions of the story that she created her own character and point of view, largely derived from the version written by Francois Petis de la Croix.

Megan Bannen’s “The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy” is the story of Marshal Hart who is charged with patrolling the magical and strange wilds of Tanria. It is always a difficult job and he often has to ponder his loneliness out there alone.

On her part, Mercy has never been alone as she has to run the family undertaking business. She does all this while having to deal with jerks such as Hart, who love to turn up when her patience is wearing too thin.

Following another frustrating fight with Mercy, Hart pens a missive addressed to a stranger and is surprised to get back an anonymous letter which births a tentative friendship.

If only he knew he was talking to Mercy the woman that has the unbelievable talent of infuriating him, he would immediately stop.

As Tantria grows even more dangerous, the two become even closer. But will their tantalizing romance survive discovery?
It is a beautiful enemies-to-lovers romance with zombies, talking animals, steamy scenes, and dead bodies that is fantastical as it is dystopian.

“The Bird and the Blade” by Megan Bannen is the story of Jinghua who is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate. She lost everything including her freedom, her family, and her home.

But then the empire is beaten and taken by enemy forces and she becomes the unlikely conspirator who helps Prince Khalaf and his hot-tempered father escape over the vastness of the Mongol Empire.

Running from some dangerous enemies, they have to take on a very dangerous and seemingly endless journey. Jinghua comes up with a scheme to take advantage of their exile to go back home.

But her plan becomes fraught with danger as he hopelessly falls in love with Khalaf. Her dicey prospects become even worse when Khalaf attempts to take back his kingdom by marrying the daughter of the Great Khan.

Turandokht the bride-to-be is as cunning as she is beautiful and comes up with a riddle her suitors have to solve or else they would die.

Jinghua may just lose everything she has ever hoped for at the hands of the princess.

Megan Bannen’s novel “Soulswift” is an epic and dark fantasy following the story of a woman that needs to reevaluate everything.

She has just been betrayed and hunted by people she would have never thought would do something like that since they raised her.

Gelya has a gift of channeling the word of God through song and is usually known as a Vessel. She had for the longest time lived with other cloistered Vessels and believed that humanity was saved from temptation by Elath the Great Demon, when he was imprisoned by a saint.
But then Gelya stumbled upon a complex cover-up by the military of the cult that had taken care of her for years. She decided to team up with enemy soldier Tavik who has a strong belief that the Demon is a mother goddess who needs to be set free.

While he manages to open the prison, he unwittingly makes Gelya into an unwilling human vessel controlled by Elath. Working for Elath the cult that brought her up becomes incensed and considers her an enemy.
It soon becomes a race against time trying to exorcise Elath the Demon from her body.

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