"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."
Songs of the Wicked
Fear is not my master. I will never submit.
A grave threat looms over the mortal world. The veil that separates the realms has weakened over time, and monsters—Undesirables—claw their way out of the Netherworld to torment the living. What once dwelled in whispered stories now stalks the shadows. The only guard against chaos is balance.
Reapers are duty bound to uphold that balance, tasked with guiding mortal souls to the afterlife. Lark secretly dreams of shedding her immortal chains and forging her own path. She’s captivated by the humans and envies their freedom, their passion, their anguish. Her master, Thanar, god of death, forbids this fascination and demands her utmost loyalty.
When Lark encounters a mortal whose fire and suffering awakens something in her, she denies fate and saves him, refusing to guide him to his death.
To escape Thanar’s wrath, Lark makes a deal with the witch-queen of the Netherworld and is remade as human—trading her power for mortality. She flees through the veil and enters the land of the living, unaware she isn’t the only one freed from the clutches of the Netherworld.
Songs of the Wicked is a dark reimagining of the Little Mermaid.
Songs of the Wicked
Behind the Author
Farran grew up by the sea on a steady intake of fairytales, renaissance faires, and mythology. She's always felt a profound connection to horror and dark fantasy, and spent her childhood searching the woods for monsters and magic.
Now, she spends her days photographing nature in Maine with her husband and wildling daughter, writing dark fantasy, reading, and chasing said wildling through the forest.
"A book to lose yourself in completely, Songs of the Wicked by C. A. Farran is a deeply evocative fantasy novel that will demand all of your attention and adeptly command your senses. Farran paints achingly beautiful scenes with her expressive, revelatory prose as Lark traverses the realms in search of satisfaction, a measure of justice, and her own truth. Wrought with intense emotion, this mythologically rooted novel is a wonderfully well-formed take on life and the afterlife, and who or what is pulling the strings behind the scenes. The cast is dynamic, proving either lovably imperfect or deceptively diabolical, but always delivering a deeper persona than the first impression. More than a simple retelling of a children’s classic, this original fantasy is psychologically riveting and endlessly original. Absolutely stunning, Songs of the Wicked is a novel sure to leave you gasping for breath as you look back on each ravishing page." -Indies Today
Lament of the Wolf: Book Two of A Dreamer's Misfortune
Coming October 10th, 2023
I am death’s master. I yield to none.
The mortal world hangs in the balance. The witch queen of the Netherworld has everything she needs to destroy the veil and bring chaos and ruin to the living.
Lark is determined to stop her by any means necessary. She and Gavriel search for answers, anything to aid them in halting the fall of the world. When tragedy strikes, Lark must rely on a new ally or risk losing everything. Unable to tell friend from foe, Lark must trust her instincts and hope her human emotions don’t cloud her judgment.
“You’re chasing a happily ever after, and I don’t think that’s how this story ends.”
Having bid farewell to her friends, Daciana travels alone. As she works tirelessly to forget the painful memories of the Forbidden Shrine, she recruits an old contact to aid in Lark's quest to stop the witch queen and gather allies. But old feelings rekindle, threatening to burn them both. Can she ever truly outrun the past?
Nothing itched like an unanswered question.
Langford is forced to travel with Alistair, the man he is determined not to love. He focuses instead on his research, on finding a way to kill Nereida. The discovery of a fabled weapon could turn the tide, though forging such a weapon is no longer possible. In a world of impossible truths, Langford is determined to find the answer to save the mortal world...
Before it's too late.
Lament of the Wolf is a dark reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood.
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