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.
"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.
"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