Did you know that in addition to D&D adventures and advice, Beth also writes epic fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories?
And, did you know that our D&D duet game was one of the major sources of inspiration for the series?
I am so excited to share more about the series with you and introduce you to the world of Azuria!
If you enjoy epic fantasy worlds, immersive settings, nature-based magic, and vivid characters (especially strong female protagonists!), then this series is for you!
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Azuria – A World of Epic Fantasy and Adventure
If you’ve played any of the adventures from the D&D Duet Shop, then the world of Azuria is likely already familiar.
Though there are occasional overlaps, the action of the series is different from that of the adventures. However, my hope is that the sense of adventure, escape, immersion, and enjoyment is the same!
The Age of Azuria series tells a story of epic fantasy, magic, and nature in a world that teeters on the brink between light and darkness. Ancient forces awaken, and new heroes rise to the occasion. But this time, who will prevail?
Find out in this exciting, action- and magic-packed series featuring druids, pirates, fae, werewolves, and more!
Quick note: The links below redirect to my fiction website, bethballbooks.com.
Age of Azuria epic fantasy series
Aurora—the prequel novella
The story of how it all began…
Dorric Themear has experienced the giddy flutterings of new love before. But not like this. Behind the sapphire eyes of Lady Emelyee Amastacia lies a long-awaited destiny that neither of them can sense or stop.
However, forces darker than Emelyee’s husband are prepared to stand in their way.
Ridel, one of Lucien’s most trusted servants, is less than enthused about her assignment to watch the lovers. If only her master had been visionary enough to see that a child cannot result if the parents are dead. She’ll do her best to comply with his orders to watch and to wait—at least for now.
High in the Frostmaw Mountains, Yvayne has seen the signs of a turning of the age before. Perhaps this time, with the proper intervention, she and the druids can make a play for Azuria after all.
Buried Heroes—book one
You were right, your father’s amulet is magical. Just not in the way you thought.
The stones echo as Iellieth Amastacia drags her heels through the corridors of Io Keep, bidding farewell to the few inside the castle walls who have offered her moments of happiness. Despite her best efforts, Iellieth can no longer resist the forced marriage her stepfather placed at the end of her path. A final transmigration stands between her and the slammed door.
But destiny—and the amulet—have other plans for the half-elf.
In a flash of light, Iellieth appears amidst the piled snow and howling winds of Torg’s Peak. The mountain’s bitter heart holds an ancient secret—a warrior, imprisoned long ago. Iellieth alone can awaken him, but in so doing, she will reignite a war for the fate of Azuria.
Across the Infinite Ocean, a pirate queen ravages the coast, searching for an ancient artifact, the key to her ambitions. The sea bids caution to Teodric, her newest captain, lest he fall to the admiral’s raging whims as so many have done before.
Further north, a druid conclave battles its patron city for survival. As wielders of natural magic, they have long been the victims of history. Genevieve flees to the depths of the forest, where a long-lost magic blossoms.
Forces awaken across the world of Azuria, ancient enmities stirring that have remained stagnant for thousands of years. In book one of the Age of Azuria, Iellieth, Teodric, and Genevieve must confront the first crashing wave in a rising tide of shadow.
*You actually have two wonderful options here for what you want to read next! If you’d like to go back in time and find out more about Iellieth, Teodric, and Katarina, then Song of Parting is for you! Or, if you’re ready to dive into the next part of the story, it’s time for Hadvarian Heist!
Hadvarian Heist—book two
The lives of your friends are bound to your own — can you do what it takes to free them and ensure the survival of your world?
A dark shadow looms over Caldara as Iellieth Amastacia and her companions travel north. Hidden within the elegant marble halls of the Hadvarian Court, an ancient artifact waits to be discovered, but haunting spectres of the past guard the prize.
Deep in the Shadowlands, Lucien plots to capture Iellieth and extinguish any resistance to Alessandra before the flame spreads. Across Azuria, foul forces await his bidding, ready to deliver the druid into his hands. Unfortunately for Lucien’s pack of werewolves, Briseras Ravisthinia delights in making them her prey. With the help of an over-eager folklorist and a driven, if mysterious, witch, Briseras intends to destroy not only the werewolves, but also the more sinister creature who lurks just beyond her grasp.
On the opposite side of the world, Genevieve Vendanges stalks after the man who bears her conclave’s sacred dagger. Aboard the Amber Queen, she has a chance to uncover what he knows about the destruction of her conclave and all she held dear. But the passenger holds secrets for other crew members as well, namely the ship’s captain, Teodric Adhemar. What guarded information from Teodric’s past might emerge to interrupt his return to the powerful Admiral Syleste?
Even further west, foreboding visions drive Persephonie Arelle to the ancient walls of Andel-ce Hevra. To protect her mother, she must confront hostile guards hunting practitioners of natural magic and subvert the dangerous machinations of Aylin, her mother’s partner. But Persephonie does not fight alone. A mischievous fox and handsome captain of the guard stand ready to help her combat the clashing urban forces. Will it be enough?
In book two of the Age of Azuria high fantasy series, Iellieth, Briseras, Teodric, Genevieve, and Persephonie must summon the strength to withstand the pull of the darkness surrounding them, a tide whose time, whose destruction, has finally come.
Song of Parting—prequel novella
Among the many truths they hold close to heart, story-weavers know: Across all eras, Love and Loss rest on either side of the turning wheel of fate.
Azurian legends tell such a story, of love found and lost in the early days of the worlds. Katarina Starsend, a story-hunter and scholar, dedicates her life to tracking down these tales and finding their new iterations in the world. She’s in luck. A legendary fae has been reborn—and her incarnation is only a day’s ride away.
Within the walls of Io Keep, a storm gathers as the callous Duke Amastacia sets his plans in motion. Soon enough, he’ll be rid of his stepdaughter, Iellieth Amastacia. Seeing what lies ahead, Teodric Adhemar faces a choice—does he warn Iellieth or allow her to hold tight her illusion of freedom?
And can Iellieth out-plot the duke?
Find out in this prequel novella perfect for current fans and new readers of the Age of Azuria high fantasy series!
Song of Parting is available now!
Thank you so much for letting me share the world of Azuria and my fiction with you! I’m hard at work on the third novel right now, and I have a new novella, Story Magic, coming out on June 1st of this year! Check out the preorder here.
I love creating fantasy worlds, and it has been so special to delve into the world of our D&D game, as well as the stories of our characters, and create this epic fantasy series.
You, our D&D Duet readers, are so special to me, and I am truly honored to be able to share this series with you. Like everything we create, these novels come from the bottom of my heart. I hope that if you’re looking for adventure, escape, or a spark of druidic magic that you enjoy this series.
Your support means the world to us, and Jonathan and I are both so thankful to be part of such an incredible community!
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