Two teenage foster siblings find themselves trapped in a treacherous magical world in "Traitor in the Realm," a young adult fantasy novel by Patricia J. Boyle that was released last month. The teens must balance their desire to return home with a call to rescue a medieval kingdom from destruction by a royal traitor.
"The story begins in New York's Adirondack Mountains, then shifts to the kingdom of Kylemore, a treacherous realm where magical beings, prehistoric creatures and danger coexist," Boyle said. "Events conspire against the pair as they race against time, attempting to reach the gateway back to earth before it closes forever."
The tale centers around teens with unique talents who react differently to unexpected situations, Boyle explained.
"Kallan MacKinnon and her foster brother, Matthew Webbe, meet twins their own age in the new world. The four of them forge friendships, and each contributes their own skills to conquering the challenges they face," Boyle said.
"Kallan and Matthew come from an unconventional family, and although their guardian is also caught in the foreign realm, it is the 15-year-olds who are tested against the traitor attacking the kingdom."
Boyle worked as a research meteorologist at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and moved with her family to Livermore in 1991. She taught math and science in Livermore schools for nearly two decades before retiring.
For the past nine years, Boyle has written articles about the Livermore-Amador Symphony. Since her retirement, she has spent much of her free time writing, often incorporating her love of nature and fantasy into poems, short stories and now a young adult novel.
"Traitor in the Realm" was published by Russian Hill Press, a small local company, and the art work and maps were created by Livermore artist Susan Marchand.
"With the pandemic stressing businesses of all sorts, I wanted to support talented members of the local community," Boyle said. "With the consolidation of large, traditional publishing companies, small presses and independent artists are more important than ever in the publishing industry."
"Traitor in the Realm" is available at Towne Center Books as well as online outlets. For more information, visit patriciajboyle.com.