UNDER THE LESSER MOON
By: Shelly Campbell
“Dragons once led our people across the wastelands, away from storms, and toward hunting grounds.”
That’s what the elders say, but Akrist has squinted at empty skies his whole life. The dragons have abandoned them, and it’s Akrist’s fault. He’s cursed. Like every other firstborn son, he has inherited the sins of his ancestors. In his camp, he’s the only eldest boy left. Something happened to the others.
When Akrist befriends Tanar, an eldest boy from another tribe, he discovers the awful truth: they’re being raised as sacrifices to appease the Goddess and win back her dragons. The ritual happens when the dual moons eclipse. Escape is the only option, but Akrist was never taught to hunt or survive the wastelands alone. Time is running out, and he has to do something before the moons touch.
Mythos & Ink has created a dramatized version of the creation myth from Under the Lesser Moon, featuring cave drawings by the author herself! Narration by Kyle Rudge. Illustrations by Shelly Campbell. Direction by Allison Alexander.
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Q&A with Shelly Campbell
What's Under the Lesser Moon about?
Way to start with the hardest question! Authors struggle with this one, don’t we? Give me a few hundred thousand words and I can tell you all about this story. Fortunately, I’ve also been practicing my elevator pitch. The book is about Akrist, a firstborn boy who’s about to be sacrificed by his tribe to appease their goddess and her dragons.
What inspired you to write it?
What is your favourite (spoiler-free) scene from the book?
What's your biggest fandom?
What do you do for fun?
Dragons or robots?
Get your copy today
Under the Lesser Moon is available online from most major booksellers. You can also order it from your favourite local bookstore or request it from your library!
ISBN: 978-1-989423-18-9 (softcover)
978-1-989423-21-9 (large print softcover)
Publisher: Mythos & Ink
Publication Date: November 7, 2020
Dimensions: 5″ x 8″ (softcover), 5.5″ x 8.5″ (large print softcover)
At a young age, Shelly Campbell wanted to be an air show pilot or a pirate, possibly a dragon and definitely a writer and artist. She’s piloted a Cessna 172 through spins and stalls, and sailed up the east coast on a tall ship barque—mostly without projectile vomiting. In the end, Shelly found writing fantasy and drawing dragons to be so much easier on the stomach.
Shelly‘s tales are speculative fiction, tending toward literary with dollops of oddity. She enjoys the challenge of exploring new techniques and subject matter, and strives to embed inspiring stories in her writing and art.