By Lachlan Ellis
The thrilling conclusion to a local author’s trilogy of novels will officially launch next week, and she’s keen to share it with the world.
Blackwood author Trudy Adams is releasing ‘The Crowned Guardians’ – a third book in her ‘Armoured Butterfly’ series – on Saturday 12 August, at a free launch event.
Recommended for those aged 13 and older, the book features protagonist Adaliah in her quest to save the Rhea Lands from the Zalem cult, with the help of her friends Alexia, Darj, and Elhian.
Ms Adams said the The Crowned Guardians features themes and values she hopes inspire readers.
“It’s sort of about coming back out of the ashes when you’ve lost everything, when all the forces are coming against you. While it is an historical adventure with battles and fighting back against evil, it’s also about that personal journey of finding who you are in tough times, and the value of identity, journey, and having other people alongside you during that journey,” she told the Moorabool News.
“I think for me it’s the values that underpin what can take place in that setting. Bravery, courage, and exploring those…how people respond when they’re in a dire situation, and how it can bring out both the best and the worst in people.”
While The Crowned Guardians will be the final book in the Armoured Butterfly series, Ms Adams says there may be potential for future stories set in the same universe, but with Adaliah and other characters being more in a “mentor role” in the background.
The launch event will feature an exclusive author interview, book readings, exciting prize draws, and book signings.
Light refreshments will also be provided, and attendees are encouraged to dress up in fantasy attire related to the book to enter the best costume competition. School representatives will also have a chance to win book prizes for their local school library.
Entry to the book launch event is free, but seats are limited, so make sure you secure your spot as soon as possible.
For more information on The Crowned Guardians and next week’s launch, visit www.trudyadams.com.au/events.