Book # 1
By- Jessica E. Paige
Genre- YA Fairy Tale/Folklore
Orphaned at a young age, 15-year old Anouk’s punishment for being too outspoken is an arranged marriage worse than any she could imagine. Fleeing on horseback, yet without a sense of where to turn, she stumbles upon an idyllic village where she finds safe haven. Could this be home?
Ultimately, it will lead her to confront the very face of death, yet amidst the danger and darkness, she meets a handsome woodsman and finds a glowing blue flower with power beyond her wildest dreams.
Inspired by Russian fairy tales and steeped in ancient folklore, Paige’s novel is ripe with fantasy, love, and courage.
Chasing Ravens has a lot of different healing herbs and plants mentioned throughout the book. If you had to pick a favorite herb to represent some of your main characters, what would you choose and why?
I would choose Calendula for Izolda because she is such a beautiful, bright flower in the Dark Woods. Calendula’s vibrant bright yellow symbolizes the light of clarity and compassion Izolda brings so that Anouk can see the gifts within herself. I would also say Motherwort, which is known as a heart tonic. Motherwort’s botanical name means “lionhearted” and Izolda is a brave woman who followed her heart to the Dark Woods to marry the man she loves. Izolda also helps Anouk regain the confidence to follow her own heart.
Jessica Paige hails from the Seattle area where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Though she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jessica has long been intrigued by the ancient folklore of her Slavic and Lithuanian roots. Her love of horses and the outdoors led her to a career in environmental outreach, and her studies in herbalism. When she’s not working or writing, you’ll find her digging in the garden, creating herbal remedies, or walking in the woods with her dogs. You can visit her at www. jessicaepaige.com.
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