A local author invites readers into The Sundered Saga | Community

Maryville author Steve Blodgett has created a world of magic and danger, and he invites area readers to join him there.

Her debut novel, “Shadewalker,” was released earlier this year as an e-book, and Blodgett will launch the paperback edition during a reading and celebration at The Bird and the Book starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday April 16.

“Shadewalker,” the first book in The Sundered Saga, centers on Taevien Rhein, who must join a traveling circus in order to escape the dark forces that destroyed his family. “It’s a tale with the tongue firmly planted in the cheek,” Blodgett said. “It’s high fantasy with elements of horror that doesn’t take itself too seriously to indulge in secular enjoyment.”

He has been interested in fantasy since childhood, indulging in works such as “Goosebumps” and “Are You Afraid of the Dark” which sparked his interest in the darker side of the genre.

“Fantasy is a sandbox where we play with big human concepts like morality and suffering in relative safety before applying them to the real world, or we just come and relax from the triviality of the day and watch the orcs beat stuff,” Blodgett said, adding, “The author’s job is to put all the toys in the sandbox when no one is looking. It is a privilege.

“Shadewalker” is available through Amazon and Southland Books under the pen name SA Blodgett.

As for the book release party, Blodgett promises a reading, signing, and plenty of opportunities to discuss “Shadewalker” and upcoming works. “We want to celebrate the book, but we want everyone to relax and have a good time too,” he added.

Admission to the event is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. To learn more about Blodgett’s work and to sign up for his e-newsletter, visit sablodgett.com.