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NyteOrchid The Crimson Sorceress

Kings tremble at Her displeasure... ...enemy armies leave the field of battle when she appears...

Heroine of the Novel:

En Kharakas: Though Heavens May Fall NyteOrchid, the Crimson Sorceress, wife to Shingen the Warrior, and ally to the boy Champion of Ariel, Kirre...the boy who would be King. The boy Champion faces a brutal army of Malpractors, a Church of ruthless Clerics, and a highly disagreeable Goddess who all share a singular Kill the Boy! Join our Heroine and her loyal allies as they dare stand in this new land against all odds, against vastly superior forces, and the evil Goddess Leira...

...though Heavens may fall! This exciting new novel will be available from in September, 2009!

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Issue One • Fall 2009

Page 06 Book Review - En Kharakas: Though Heavens May Fall by Sam Kerillion. A wonderful adventure reviewed by April Cronenberg.

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Blackberry Mead - See what we thought of this offering from Pirtle Winery in Missouri.

Page 16 Maryland Renaissance Faire - Join us as we, and 280,000 others, explore the bawdy fun and chivalrous flair of Maryland’s 2009 Festival. Page 32 Oxtail Soup - Join us as we cook a hearty pot of Oxtail Soup following an authentic recipe ye olde kitchens.

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Our Feature Wench Katherine models several of the latest chain maile halters for the discriminating lass. Page 66

Wench Magda models several lovely corsets from our friends at Renaissance Corsetry. 15 pages of lovelies!

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En Kharakas Though Heavens May Fall Look for En Kharakas at in September, 2009!

By Sam Kerillion

Book Review

Blackberry Mead by Hannah Sohmmer

by April

We received an Advance Copy of the first novel by Sam Kerillion, a Fantasy story that splendidly blended traditional fantasy with strong romance, compelling adventures, and a robust demonstration of heroism that is defined by friendship, loyalty and love. En Kharakas: Though Heavens May Fall has a magnificent collection of characters with whom we engage quickly and deeply. We can feel their perils, share their fears, and I found myself turning pages in a whirlwind as the story unfolded just to be sure my new friends were safe!

We tried the Award Winning Blackberry Mead from Pirtle Winery, and we were very pleased! Made from 92% blackberries & 8% honey, this mead was flavorful and satisfying. Alcohol content was 11%.

If you enjoy strong Heroines, romance, love, adventure, friendship and stories that pull you’ll enjoy En Kharakas.

Service was quick and professional from the folks at Pirtle.

And...this is just Book One of the series!!

We can’t wait to try their other meads!

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En Kharakas: T h o u g h H e a v e n s M a y Fa l l

Shehrah The Ashe Elf

Shehrah the Ashe Elf. Ally to the Boy Champion, Kirre. Born of a Human Father & Drowess Mother of Tribe Dรถkkรกlfarh the unique Ashe Elf is a magnificent blend of humanity in constant, savage struggle with malevolence of her Drow blood. Join Shehrah as she allies with the Warrior Shingen & his dangerous wife, the Crimson Sorceress NyteOrchid, to stand at the shoulder of the Boy Champion to face the evil Goddess, Leira and her army of Clerics and Malpractors. Evil wants the Boy Champion dead. Shehrah wants the Boy to be King. She will face any challenge, fell any enemy to save her young friend...

...even though heavens may fall! This exciting new novel will be available from in September, 2009!

Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince - Sixth Time Charmed by April Rocky had six. Nightmare on Elm Street? Eight. Halloween logs in with nine. Notorious for their never-ending sequels, these movie franchises were not exactly synonymous with box office gold. Film sequels in general tend to generate much less revenue than their predecessors. Third installments sometimes skip the big screen all-together; think Grease 3, Scooby Doo 3, The Grudge 3, and Legally Blonde. True, there have been a handful of sequels that actually earn more than the original: Aliens, Star Trek II: the Wrath of Kahn, Godfather Part II, and Superman II. However, all of these franchises continued with third and fourth installments that are seen as failures; and some spectacular. Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, a box-office tracking company, said recently “… if a sequel now grosses only two-thirds of its predecessor, it's considered a major failure” (2003, Even when a movie sequel does manage to earn hundreds of millions of dollars and break box office records, it usually sacrifices positive critical reviews along the way. For example, the worldwide smash hit Star Wars recent additions received some of the worst reviews in cinema history. Spider Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek each had strong sequels followed by high-grossing third installments that were scorned by critics. In fact, the only movie series to be overwhelmingly acclaimed by critics in total and reap staggering box office grosses was The Lord of the Rings trilogy ($2.91 billion). Aside from this rarity, a movie is usually ridiculed in direct relation to how many sequels it spawns. And then came Harry Potter. .

Based on the internationally bestselling young-adult books authored by JK Rowling, cinema has been gifted not three, not four—no, not even five Harry Potter movies—but a promise of eight in total (six of which have been released to date, the last two to debut in 2010 and 2011). Never has an undertaking like this been attempted in film history. The nearest comparison would be the James Bond films, which were also adapted from books, but do not follow a chronological order, frequently change actors, and have taken some forty years to produce the 20 plus films. The Harry Potter movies are a singular achievement in the film world. In less than ten years, the series has generated over $5.3 billion worldwide, and has become the most profitable movie series of all-time‌before the final two films have even been made. Each and every installment of the franchise has been accepted by moviegoer and critic alike, praised with great reviews and stellar box office grosses. How has this series achieved such massive worldwide success? After all, the average age of the fan-base could be said to be younger than the legal driving age in most countries. It is certainly not a demographic earning enough spare cash to drive the franchise into the billions. Also, the films have had four different directors, something that could have destroyed the continuity of the series. The sudden death of Richard Harris in 2002 meant the recasting of Dumbledore, a pivotal character, after the second film. And time itself has been an opponent of these movies, as filmmakers rush to capture the young stars onscreen before they outgrow the characters. Despite all of this, each and every one of the six films works, both independently and as a part of the whole. Respect for the source material by screenwriters Steve Kloves and Michael Goldenberg, and inspired casting and acting are the strongest points of the films. Capable directing and believable special effects round out the finer points, and the entire thing is driven by the passionate and unwavering devotion of its fans. Released in July, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the by far the darkest of the six films. Gone is the levity of fun and frolicking holidays, the goofy novelty of wizarding

devices. Instead, a decidedly moody vibe prevails. Colors muted, smiles dampened, David Yates has directed Half Blood Prince, in large part, as a drama. Many critics have declared this a negative, but any true Harry Potter fan understands that this is an integral part of his story. Every story worth telling has its sadness: its loss, grief, and fear. We have already been given the light and happiness of Hogwarts, now we are taught to understand what Dumbledore's Army and the Order of the Phoenix are fighting to protect. It would be unrealistic to expect these films to maintain a solid, unbroken line of Sorcerer's Stone-type bright and easy feel. One of the overriding themes of the Harry Potter tale is that with age comes responsibility, and to secure good, evil must always be fought valiantly, even when sacrifice is necessary. Growing up isn't always fun and games, and it can even be lonely—especially when you're the “Chosen One�. For critics to disparagingly complain about the tone of Half Blood Prince is to miss the point of the movie altogether. After all, critics did not complain that The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King suffered for lack of scenes featuring drunken tabletop-dancing hobbits. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince deserves praise for beautifully continuing this historic and deeply entertaining film series. The acting of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon and Alan Rickman embed the characters with realistic emotion, transforming them from the page into flesh and blood. The artistry of the movie transports the viewer into a world we believe in: Lord Voldemort, love potions, and all. That is the highest form of magic, indeed.

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