INTRODUCTION

 

If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

“Invitation”
–Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

 

Ali Banner is a fantasy writer with a knack for building extraordinary worlds and filling them with even more extraordinary people. If you love stories of magic, believe in the harmony of nature, draw power from the elements, cheer on the weak and downtrodden, fight to break evil curses, follow courageous people on epic journeys, long for freedom from the chains that hold you down, and know that the power of light always vanquishes the darkness, you’ve come to the right place.

So cozy up near the fire for awhile, and stare beyond the stars while we spin a fantastic tale for you. Embrace the beauty of the impossible, because life is too short to follow the rules and keep your imagination locked away. We are all but fleeting and transient beams of starlight fading into oblivion. Shine while the flame still dances, while the wax still stands, while the smoke still hangs in the air. Dream before the memories are forgotten. Sing before the melody is ended. And when the infinite comes, embrace it fearlessly without delay, without hesitation. Every beginning is an end; every end, a beginning, and stories have the power to transcend them all, binding the past, the present, and the future in a never-ending circle.