Not even a month into the new year of 2022, Daan finished the first draft of his second novel, Death and the Maiden. Like Night’s Reign, it features a disabled protagonist.

Death and the Maiden is a dark portal fantasy that focuses heavily on the psychology of its characters.

Death and the Maiden, a fantasy novel by Daan Katz

Death and the Maiden

Alysia Hamilton, mother of two, and grandmother of three, finds herself mysteriously transported to a foreign world called Fer. A world where technology hasn’t evolved past the 19th century, and where people still believe in magic. She will do anything to make it back home, even if that means travelling to yet other strange new worlds. Then one of her new friends dies, and she sees her hopes of ever making it back to Earth evaporate.

If you have read Night’s Reign, you’ll be pleased to meet some of its characters again as Alysia travels the worlds in an effort to unravel the mystery and find her way back to Earth.

Meet the Protagonists

Alysia Hamilton, née Evans

Married to Stephen Hamilton, her childhood friend. The pair have a daughter Emma-Lynn, and a son Thomas. Both children are married and have children of their own.

Alysia works as a psychologist and psychotherapist in a hospital in London, UK.

She loves to spend time with her family and her cats. In her free time she likes to play the piano.

Wingarth Walbrydge

Wingarth is the only son of Wulfgar Walbrydge and Esthelda Taegvarbler.

Like his mother he suffers from a heritable disease of the connective tissue. Though his mother is not too badly affected, his condition has Garth largely wheelchair dependent.

Garth is married to Lord Kenwald the younger of Aeldbury. Both men are scientists.

If all goes according to plan – which it rarely does – Death and the Maiden will launch in the second half of 2022.

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