Not all fairytales are about beautiful princesses and dashing princes. Some are about the corpses living below our very feet....
Reviewer Tyler Quevedo says of "The Balderdash Saga" series: "I originally read the story on my own first, not sure how dark the subject matter would be for young children with a story about an undead princess, but quickly my mind was put to ease as the story progressed. It covers all sorts of great topics that I value in a good story for children (and adults): Morality, Integrity, Loyalty, adventure, a small dash of romance, and most of all imagination. The vocabulary wasn't too difficult for the kids, and yet there were still occasional words along the way that needed explanation, further broadening their horizons as future book connoisseurs. ... If you're looking for a short read with great life lessons and core values for a budding adult, I'd recommend this book!"
Princess Scarlet is on a journey to find true love, but a malevolent force, Maleer, is in the process of dethroning her father, King Hurlock. Maleer intends to rule the underground kingdom of Balderdash, build an army, and break through the ground to invade the land of the living.
As Scarlet runs out of options to save those that matter most, she is forced to make decisions that will determine the fate of her entire kingdom.
From Mother Daughter Book Reviews: "The Underground Princess is a fabulous and unique book that completely took me by surprise. It features exceptional writing, relatable characters, and a very clever plot with underlying messages about loyalty, courage, beauty, and love. I highly recommend this book to children ages 6 to 12 as a great read-aloud book or for those interested in reading something with a touch of macabre. This one is definitely a candidate for a Hidden Gem Award by MDBR in the future!"
FINALIST: Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2015 -- Children: Fable
AWARDED: Awesome Indies-Approved
Evolved Publishing presents the first book in "The Balderdash Saga," a series of lower grade fairytales with an always fun, slightly dark edge. [DRM-Free]
Meet many friends, and a couple foes, on your visit to Balderdash. Whether you're searching for true love with Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess, or fighting for honor with Roland the Pirate Knight or Hurlock the Warrior King, there is something for every reader within this coffin tale.
Stories by J.W. Zulauf:
- The Balderdash Saga, Book 1: The Underground Princess
- The Balderdash Saga, Book 2: The Prince's Plight
- The Balderdash Saga, Book 3: The Shaman's Salvation
- Hurlock the Warrior King - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
- Roland the Pirate Knight - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
- Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
- The Balderdash Saga - Special Edition - A Balderdash Saga Short Story Collection
- Kingdom in Chains, Book 1: Kingdom in Chains
More Great Books for Kids 6-11 from Evolved Publishing:
- Drowning in Fear by Majanka Verstraete
- Fright Train by Majanka Verstraete
- Grave Error by Majanka Verstraete
- House of Horrors by Majanka Verstraete
- The Clumsy Magician by Majanka Verstraete
- The Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete
About the Author
I would love to say that from the second I could use my fingers, I began to write, but I can’t. Sure there were times through my life when writing surfaced and fell away, but the truth is, I couldn’t even read all that well through most of my teens. Then one day, my father gave me a copy of The Stand by Stephen King, and even though it took me a year to finish, I did it.
This experience changed my life.
From that point, I strove to become the best reader and writer I could be. I was driven by an unbelievable passion to become a writer, and here I am. I truly started from the bottom and worked hard to become who I am now. I am a believer in the words. Reading saved my life. Writing made my life.