My name is Elizabeth Russell, and The Fairy Tale Blog is my place to talk about all my favorite things that relate to story. Because you, my lovely readers, read my writing as soon as I’ve written – as opposed to a novel which takes forever to finish – it motivates me to keep writing, and to write the best work that I can! This is my full time job – to talk about story theory, write short stories and fairy tales, and share some of my favorite things about stories.

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Trinian, An Epic Fantasy

I’m so excited to introduce you to my NEXT BOOK

When I was thirteen years old, I read the Lord of the Rings and was disappointed by the lack of female characters in it. So, I decided to write my own epic fantasy that would be sprinkled with plenty of women. They would fall in love, go on adventures, and save the world. Typical thirteen-year-old girl stuff. I wanted to read the story, so I decided to write it.

It began as a simple tale of a new king (like Aragorn), a vague enemy threatening the safety of a world (Sauron), and several romantic couplings playing out against this backdrop (my addition).

At the time, it was a straightforward story with many plot holes and inconsistencies.

Since then, I have grown. I have found more reasons to tell the story, expanding beyond the superficial need only for more girls. The story has come out of me, grown with me, and reached beyond me. The protagonists have grown more complex and wonderful over time, and it has taken a full ten years before I finally discovered the wider context of the fictional world living inside my head.

Fundamentally, it has become the story of a clash between gods and men. A new Illiad, it tells the story of an epic battle for possession of the mortal realm.

Trinian is the newly-crowned king of Drian, trying to fill a several hundred year gap in which there was no political stability, but an unexpected foe immediately confronts him.

Power, a jealous god, wants to claim the mortal world for himself, and in order to do so, must kill Trinian and his entire family. It is a race against time before Power’s own Master arrives to demand a reckoning from him. Will Power rule humanity, or relinquish all to an unknown god?

In the style of Tolkien, the story follows Trinian and the members of his family as they struggle to build up the world around them, while simultaneously thwarting enemies beyond their strength. Only purity of heart and a renewal of faith will save them.

It has truly been a fantastic journey to discover the intricacies of this story over the years, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! I’ll post here as soon as it is available for purchase (hopefully March), and you can click here to read the prologue of Trinian, An Epic Fantasy



Monsters in the forest. Murderers in the village. Eight children struggle to survive in a hostile world, seeking love amongst each other, and help from none. A story of love, hatred, and survival, Halfbreeds is a tale of epic portions.

In a village wrapped about with strange monsters and superstition, a new kind of child is born. Half-man half-monster, the villagers fear their own children and, turning against them, burn them at the stake. But a small band of resilient Halfbreeds escape their executioners and take up their home in the wild. In a desperate attempt to find their place in the world, these children question what it really means to be human. Start Reading. Purchase here.