"He does a first-rate job of propelling the plot along while simultaneously revealing the layers of his protagonists’ troubled backstories. The relationship between his various characters is sketched with precision and skill, and the crisp, evocative prose and expert pacing elevate this above most other dark fantasy novels." BooksCoffee, Goodreads
Published: November 30, 2021
“Some call me Murderer, others call me Lord. I've been called Savior and Enslaver. But no one has ever called me Child.”
A young man signs his own death warrant when he joins an already failing militia. A teenage girl is haunted by her childhood abuse and begins to crave the very things she hates. A childless mother finds herself on the run as a convicted murderer. Yet they are all unaware that their own fates are tied to a young orphan who has drowned and come back to life in a foreign land where he will be the death of everyone he meets.
Hælend’s Ballad is a tale about what happens when men and women from two colliding cultures realize they may not be on the right side. Heroes are villains. The persecuted are oppressors. And when rumors begin to spread that the world is dying, the darkness of their own hearts betrays them.
“A powerful inspection of moral, ethical, and spiritual paths . . . Hælend's Ballad [is] a compelling force to contend with.” —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“A triumphant debut . . . morbidly gripping and enriched by darkness, intrigue, and poignant emotions.” —The Prairies Book Review
“A captivating story . . . mature audiences will be engrossed in this epic fantasy novel.” —Literary Titan
About the author:
Ian Conrey is both a teacher and student of history and theology, who actively fights against human trafficking and is working toward an M.A. in Religion. In his free time, he enjoys reading biographies and ancient mythology, discovering early American folk songs, and exploring the Cohutta Wilderness. He lives with his wife and three children in the North Georgia mountains.