FAIRMIST is about a society that kills children because they have to. If they don’t, demonic slinks will slaughter everyone. So they hide their fear, dance at their masquerade balls, and pretend that those sacrificed are blessed.
Seventeen-year-old Grei cannot live on another’s sacrifice. He asks the forbidden question: If the slinks could kill them all, why take just one a month?
The leaders of the empire want to silence Grei. The slinks want to kill him. And the girl he has loved since childhood says she can guide him.
Grei plunges into an adventure that will force him to become one of the killers he despises. Using magic set in place centuries ago, Grei can trigger a spell and send all the slinks back to their fiery dimension. All he has to do is sacrifice one last person: the girl he loves.
About the Author:
Todd was born in Culver City, California, the second son of a sign painter
and a New Age mom. His father was an amazingly talented artist with a Herculean work ethic, and his mother was magic. She taught him that his perspective changes the world, which is why he writes stories about heroes and hope.
A true Gen Xer, Todd navigated his parents’ divorce when he was fourteen, leaping into a series of adventures that shaped his life. He utilized his mother’s unreasonable optimism to avert his gaze from his own poverty and grab life by the heart. Jumping from job to job, Todd hitchhiked across the country and visited most of the 50 states. He has traveled to Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and Indonesia. He has been a Price Club cashier in Long Beach, a video arcade attendant in Durango, and an investment banking Powerpoint operator in New York City. He has waited tables in Colorado Springs, hung safety cables for crack-inspection teams inside oil tankers in Portland, and helped raise millions of dollars for diabetes nonprofits in Denver.
Todd followed his love affairs, sketching new people and new places with pencil and pad, all the while writing fantasy stories. While attending The Colorado College in 1993, Todd published his first two short stories in TSR's Dragon- lance anthologies. In 1997, he began writing with Giles Carwyn, published another couple of short stories and won the New York Books for the Teen Age award forTrue Love (Or the Many Brides of Prince Charming). In 2006, Todd and Giles wrote HEIR OF AUTUMN under HarperCollins’ Eos imprint and followed with MISTRESS OF WINTER and QUEEN OF OBLIVION. The writing team finished the Heartstone Trilogy in 2008 and moved on to solo projects.
Todd's greatest accomplishments are his children, his marriage and his novels. He is passionate about family, friends, stories, adventure, Colorado, and his goal is to inspire people with his mother’s optimism. He writes to enchant and delight and to capture those moments where, just for a second, he feels like a hero.
Todd Fahnestock is the best-selling author of HEIR OF AUTUMN, MISTRESS OF WINTER and QUEEN OF OBLIVION, published by Eos/HarperCollins. His middle grade novel, THE WISHING WORLD, will be released by Tor Books in 2016. FAIRMIST, published in February 2015, is Todd’s first self-published work.