"Darin Kennedy has created an amazing world with an entrancing tapestry of magic and mystery set against a backdrop of beautiful music. Deep characters, rich descriptions, and enthralling characters kept me turning pages until the very end. A worthy successor to his awesome The Mussorgsky Riddle. A must-read!" - John G. Hartness - Author of The Black Knight Chronicles and the Quincy Harker series.
"In The Stravinsky Intrigue, Darin Kennedy synthesizes the intricate structures of classical music and dark melancholy of Russian folklore to create a fantastic and dangerous world filled with lost girls, terrifying dreams, vicious monsters, and a deathless wizard that only the most intrepid hero can hope to defeat. Fast moving and multilayered, this sequel to Kennedy's first novel continues the spine-tingling adventure and will please readers of thrillers and fantasy alike." - Misty Massey - Author of Mad Kestrel
"This rock-solid sequel to The Mussorgsky Riddle features magic, mayhem, and masterful detail along with twists that will enthrall you -- Darin Kennedy wins again with his strong characters, gripping plot, and page-turning action." - Linda Robertson - Author of the Persephone Alcmedi series and Joviennne
Nine months have passed since psychic Mira Tejedor last walked the halls of Anthony Faircloth’s adolescent mind. All but family now, Mira is relocating to Charlotte, NC, not only for a much-needed change of scenery, but to further her burgeoning relationship with Dr. Thomas Archer. On the eve of her move, however, a new threat emerges.
Young girls from every corner of Charlotte are falling catatonic, a condition eerily similar to the illness from which Mira rescued Anthony the previous fall. Mira reluctantly agrees to help Detective Calvin Sterling with the case and soon finds herself pulled into a new pair of fantasy worlds, both borne from the brilliant mind of Igor Stravinsky.
In the world of The Firebird, Mira becomes the warrior Ivanovna and battles an immortal evil threatening to steal the girls’ souls for all eternity. In the Russian fair from Petrushka, she assumes the role of Ballerina, one of three magical puppets who dance at the whim of a cruel Charlatan. Torn between Moor and Clown, bizarre doppelgangers of the two vastly different men in her life, and threatened at every turn by a sorcerer who craves her very essence, Mira must navigate the cruel deceptions of both worlds and win, or her life and the lives of a dozen innocents will be forfeit.
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves—classical music and world mythology— and is slated for publication by Curiosity Quills Press in Fall/Winter 2014. His short stories can be found in various publications, as well as two short story compilations available on Amazon, and he is currently hard at work on his next novel. Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion. He is represented by Stacey Donaghy at Donaghy Literary Group. Find him online at darinkennedy.com.