Awesome Indies: Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett

Posted November 14, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

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Awesome Indies: Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira GillettZaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett, Eoghan Kerrigan
Published by Keira Gillett on March 6th 2015
Pages: 224
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On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she's surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about to learn the hard way that one does not trick a river-troll and expect to win.

Keira GillettÂ’s Favorite Magical Kingdom in Zaria Fierce

Hi everyone, my name is Keira Gillett. Thanks Emily for having me here today! IÂ’m very excited to join you and your readers to talk about Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword, the second book in my middle grade/young adult trilogy.

IÂ’ve been asked which magical kingdom in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy is my favorite. ThatÂ’s a tough question, because I like them all and would want to visit each of them, simply because I created them. I think thereÂ’s a story in each kingdom waiting to be told. But since you said favorite, I guess IÂ’ll have to choose!

As cool as it would be to see the underground cavern of Trolgar, to stroll in its markets, and see their wolf and reindeer herds, I simply donÂ’t think I could stay in the mountain-troll city for very long. I would be afraid of starting a Wild Hunt!

And Álfheim would be beautiful with its delicate silvery architecture set high in the trees. I wouldn’t be afraid for my life with the elves, but I’m not sure I could stay long, even if they are adapting human technologies for their society. I enjoy reading at night too much to give up a steady light for a bonfire or flickering candle.

The Seiland Court of Jötunheim is pretty severe. The giants are too tall to waste space on buildings, and as a human I would need shelter from the elements eventually. Plus, as much as I love music, I’m not very knowledgeable about most of it, so I would be a disappointment to such eager listeners.

Jerndor, the High Court of the Dwarves, would be great to explore because the city is built entirely into the rock in a way that reminds me of old European cities with their windy roads and tightly packed buildings. I would love to explore a certain shop run by an old dwarf woman and could easily while away hours puttering around examining the goods.

But, my favorite kingdom by far is the fairy kingdom of Niffleheim with its four courts and blocky prismatic buildings. A lot of things are happening beneath the surface and I only got to explore a tiny fraction of it in Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword. I would like to visit there again as a writer and see where it takes me.

Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland SwordBook Two in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy

Summary: If Zaria Fierce had her say, being a princess would mean youÂ’d never have to wait for news. In the eight months since Olaf tricked her, Zaria has felt a near constant mixture of restlessness, listlessness, and hopelessness. When the time comes to fix past mistakes, she is more than ready to climb aboard the ship sailing towards the giants. Summertime in Norway promises many more adventures, but also many more perilsÂ… something sinister lurks beneath the surface following her every move, haunting her, disturbing her dreams, and stealing her peace. Can Zaria figure out what it is and stop it before itÂ’s too late?

Release Date: November 6, 2015

Pre-order: E-book

Praise for Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest (Book 1):

“Are you in the mood for an old fashioned magical jaunt? Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett is a classic “perilous adventure” book for middle grade readers.” Jennifer Bardsley, The YA Gal

“A captivating blending of fantasy storytelling with today’s technology. At the base of this tale is deep, abiding friendship that stands the tests of time, adventure and even danger.” Kathy Haw, Goodreads Review

“A great book with a lovely story and amazing characters. It’s a fantasy and adventure book that will be the delight of Narnia fans and those looking for a bit of Norwegian folklore thrown into it.” Ner, A Cup of Coffee and a Book

“If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure dipped in fantasy, look no further. This book kept me on my toes with its many cliffhangers and plot twists; it was quite hard to put down at times.” Meredith, All ‘Bout Them Books and Stuff

“I love when a story jumps right in and hooks me like this one did. I highly recommend you look into it if you are in the mood for a fun adventure. I also recommend that you get it for any book loving middle schooler you know.” Emily, Midwestern Book Nerd


Filip slung his window open and tossed out his backpack. It landed in a thump in the hedgerow. Aleks pulled it out and slung it over his shoulder with his own bag.

“How’re you getting down?”

“Hopefully with your stargazer.”

“Then why toss down your bag?” Aleks asked, exasperated.

“Just in case,” Filip said with a wink at Zaria.

She suppressed a smile. She looked to the others, “Does anybody have rope?”

Aleks and Geirr both nodded. Then Geirr unzipped his bag and pulled out a neat coil from on top. He tossed it to Filip, who snatched it up as it sailed by the window. He disappeared into his bedroom and reappeared moments later slinging the coil out the window. It unraveled to the ground.

“Good,” Filip said briskly. “It’s long enough. Now let’s see if it holds.”

Filip quickly scaled the side of the house and they gathered their belongings preparing to dash. Without warning, Mrs. Storstrand stuck her head out of a bottom window and shrieked at the sight of them.

“Just what do you think you’re doing?” she demanded.

“Run!” Filip shouted, grabbing his friends’ sleeves and rushing for the street.

Aleks cursed and threw Filip his backpack while slinging his own around to the front and unzipping a pocket. He looked frazzled as he dug inside the opening. Mrs. Storstrand was quick. She was already out of the house and chasing after them. She threatened life and limb and the most terrible of all – letting Filip’s father know what he was about.

At last Aleks found the stargazer – a shiny purplish egg-shaped object perforated with stars – and almost dropped it in his haste. After a brief fumble, Aleks located the largest star, and hastily jabbed his finger into the hole. Just like that, Mrs. Storstrand froze mid-run. But so too did Christoffer, Filip, and Geirr.

Aleks looked at Zaria and to the others. “Damn,” he hissed. “Wait! How are you not frozen too?”


Keira Gillett author pictureAuthor Bio: Keira Gillett is a technical publications librarian, book blogger, world traveler, artist, and now author. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting. From an early age her mother instilled a love of the written word, as such she has always been a big reader. Her first book, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, is about a young girl who must complete a quest to save her friend from a nasty river-troll.


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2 responses to “Awesome Indies: Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett

  1. Hi Emily, thanks again for having me! I really enjoyed talking about the magical kingdoms in my trilogy. If you could travel to one of these places or to one location in another book series where would you go?

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