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Forest Folk

Book Two of The Folklore Cycle

Release Date: 04/26/2022

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As the 19th century begins, the new American republic struggles to reconcile its lofty principles with the practical realities of a rapidly expanding nation.  Three fairy rangers who helped the country win its independence-Goran the Sylph, Har the Dwarf, and Delta the Water Maiden-ally with Davy Crockett, Ichabod Crane, and the Cherokee hero Junaluska to combat a monstrous new conspiracy against peace, justice, and freedom on the frontier.

John Hood’s Folklore Cycle of historical-fantasy novels uses elements of folklore and epic fantasy to tell the story of America’s founding in a fresh and exciting way. The first book in the series, Mountain Folk, was largely set during the American Revolution and featured such historical characters as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Daniel Boone. In this second novel, Forest Folk, the focus shifts to the War of 1812, the beginnings of the abolitionist movement, and the Trail of Tears. As the story begins, the new American republic is struggling to reconcile its lofty principles with the practical realities of a rapidly expanding nation. Three fairy rangers who helped the country win its independence — Goran the Sylph, Har the Dwarf, and Dela the Water Maiden — now find they must seek new alliances with the likes of Davy Crockett, Johnny Appleseed, Ichabod Crane, and the Cherokee hero Junaluska to combat a monstrous new conspiracy against peace, justice, and freedom on the frontier.

Praise for Mountain Folk: Book One of the Folklore Cycle

 

Combines frontier history with fantasy creatures in a fun and unexpected manner.” — Winston-Salem Journal

 

“Beyond the epic fantasy itself, the best magic here is the sorcery that will make early American history accessible to a wide swath of ages, tween to adult, who would otherwise eschew the subject. Not since John Jakes’ The American Bicentennial Series has the story of our nation’s founding been so engaging and approachable.” — The Mountain Times

 

“A classic.” — The Epoch Times

about this author

John Hood is a writer, teacher, and foundation executive with a deep passion for both the American Founding and speculative fiction. The author of several critically acclaimed books of economic and political history, Hood has reported on governments from town councils to Congress and written for the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, National Review, The Spectator, Military History, and dozens of other publications. Since 1986, Hood has penned a syndicated column that now appears regularly in 60 newspapers in his home state of North Carolina. A weekly panelist on “NC SPIN,” a public-affairs program on North Carolina’s public-television network, Hood is a frequent commentator for other radio and TV programs, as well, including appearances on Fox News, NBC News, and National Public Radio. His most-recent nonfiction work, Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans, won a book award from the North Carolina Society of Historians. Hood teaches public policy to Duke University graduate students and tap dancing to tweens and teens. He received his B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. in liberal studies from UNC-Greensboro. He resides near Raleigh with his wife, two sons, and a stepdaughter.

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