Master gemsman Shay Bladen had a perfect life, until betrayal destroys it. Forced away from the remains of his home, Bladen flees with an heirloom battle-axe created from a single black diamond. With nothing but a cryptic note, he searches for answers among the bloodstone pillars within the Crystal Mountains. But one of the secrets uncovered is that he isn't who he thought he was.
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About the Author
Martha Gilstrap has been writing almost as long as she's been reading. Always lured by the magic and the wondrous, she has chosen fantasy as her genre. She has been published in Consumer Digest and several martial arts magazines, in addition to obtaining a 5th-degree black belt under Taika Seiyu Oyata in Ryu-Te Karate. This lends authenticity to the fight scenes in her novels. A member of Pikes Peak Writers, she presents workshops on writing fight scenes and other topics, a skill learned as a Senior Learning Specialist for a major defense contractor. She currently lives in the Kansas City area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Author Martha Gilstrap's debut novel is full of beautiful imagery that captivates the imagination. What I love most is the richness of details she brings to her stories. Her characters are well-developed and fleshed out. Her background in Rhu Te Karate brings believability and detail to her action scenes. Elegy: The Black Diamond follows the journey of Shay Bladen as he searches for the origin of a mysterious axe. If you like rich details, well-developed characters, and interesting alternate worlds, Martha Gilstrap is an author to watch. And Elegy is a terrific debut novel.