The Legend of Zonza is a historical fantasy inspired by both the extraordinary wealth of French and Italian folk tales, the beautiful granite mountain island of Corsica, and dragons.
Cover illustration by my daughter, Maya.
The dragon Rosa-Fury is cross about many things, not being read poetry, not having had much in the way of fresh fish for a century or two, and being cooped up in a cavern with not quite as much gold as she would like.
Internal illustration by Stacy Brevard-Mays.
There is nowhere on earth quite as beautiful, or spooky, as Corsica. Wherever you go there is evidence of struggle, from the tall houses of Sartène with their doors set fifteen feet above street level to deter pirates, to the bullet sprayed road sign indicating the Mayor’s office.
The interior of Corsica is dominated by high passes and huge rocky outcrops.
The beaches are incredible, white sand and sparkling clear water.
Corsica is where I have set my story of The Legend of Zonza. It is the story of fate, and how it cannot be escaped! This telling of the story stretches the original (from Abruzzo) to encompass all manner of additional traditional tales, including the King of the Animals, The Emissary from the Royal Household of Morocco, the Wizards and Witches known as the Mazerre, Dragons, Mustachio’d Bandits, Dryads, a White Hart and a Circus!
Edited over years of development I am now pleased to say that a full draft of all 101 chapters has been collated, revised and accepted by US educational publisher Hear Our Voice LLC and is due to be released in the Summer of 2023!
Mandorlinfiore is a great book, and I am reading it chapter by chapter to send to my granddaughter in South Africa (I am in Germany). In reading it I notice that you frequently refer to Mandorlinfiore’s brother as Mandorlinfiore (see chapter 67). Very confusing, as I keep forgetting his name and have to hunt back for it!
Good luck with your book.
Thanks for the heads up! I found the same problem in chapter 70. I am now updating both the ebook and the paperback before the next free book Friday ebook giveaway on the 7th may. Thanks for reading and apologies for the error…