Audio Welcome from Essie Brightsday
A Hero’s Curse is a middle-grade fantasy novel that follows the adventures of Essie Brightsday, a young blind girl who is propelled on a perilous journey to find her realm’s missing king.
It is a fast-paced adventure of pain and hope and heroism in the face of family cover ups, an unstable kingdom, a lost king and a vindictive daemon. And she happens to have a talking cat.
A Hero’s Curse is also about setting aside your own pain, and being a hero for someone else. We all have pain in our lives. But when we can look past our own hurts, both real and imagined, we can help others.
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Essie Brightsday has never heard a rock basilisk scream. She has never worn magical armor, stood up to a queen, or run from dragons. Instead, Essie, her sarcastic cat Tigrabum, (just call him “Tig”), and her secretive family struggle to survive on their small farm nestled against the forbidding cliffs of the Valley of Fire.
But all that is about to change when a rebellion against the cruel interim ruler is sparked. Forced to flee for their lives, Essie and Tig lose themselves in the twisting labyrinth of the ancient lava flow. When Essie finds proof that the missing King Mactogonii may be alive, she is given the opportunity to help restore stability to the kingdom. But the course of her journey will force her to face her deepest fears and unravel the mystery behind her own blindness…if Essie can survive the encounter.
If you enjoyed Suzanne Collin’s Gregor the Overlander series, then you’ll love the story of a reluctant hero (this time a girl) assuming the role of a hero. Similar to Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven, it’s a humorous adventure with colorful characters.
But it’s not just another fun filled and magical book with snappy lines and a sarcastic cat. It’s an adventure tale of a girl who doesn’t let her blindness slow her down. Here you’ll find strong characters, real pain, and challenge: the challenge to be a hero in spite of loss.
“Some say if pain and fear are great enough—all turn to cowards. But they’re wrong.”
Excited? Us too. Join the adventure and meet Essie. Get to know Tig. Read about heroes and a daemon. About pain and loss, courage and hope.
We need more ordinary heroes. We need you.