The Shaman's Salvation

The Balderdash Saga

Book 3
Evolved Publishing LLC
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Not all fairytales take place in rolling hills or along sparkling beaches. Some happen right below our very feet like the corpses they are....

Reviewer Tyler Quevedo says of The Balderdash Saga series: "I originally read the story on my own first, not sure how dark the subject matter would be for young children with a story about an undead princess, but quickly my mind was put to ease as the story progressed. It covers all sorts of great topics that I value in a good story for children (and adults): Morality, Integrity, Loyalty, adventure, a small dash of romance, and most of all imagination. The vocabulary wasn't too difficult for the kids, and yet there were still occasional words along the way that needed explanation, further broadening their horizons as future book connoisseurs. ... If you're looking for a short read with great life lessons and core values for a budding adult, I'd recommend this book!"

The very existence of Balderdash is hanging by a thread. The kingdom is under attack by vicious creatures called Mana Beasts, and someone is after the shaman.

Will Balderdash fall because of the shaman's past actions? Will she lose it all, or will she sacrifice herself to save her people?

Evolved Publishing presents the third book in The Balderdash Saga, a series of lower grade fairytales with an always fun, slightly dark edge. [DRM-Free]

Meet many friends, and a couple foes, on your visit to Balderdash. Whether you're searching for true love with Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess, or fighting for honor with Roland the Pirate Knight or Hurlock the Warrior King, there is something for every reader within this coffin tale.

Stories by J.W. Zulauf:

  • The Balderdash Saga, Book 1: The Underground Princess
  • The Balderdash Saga, Book 2: The Prince's Plight
  • The Balderdash Saga, Book 3: The Shaman's Salvation
  • Hurlock the Warrior King - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
  • Roland the Pirate Knight - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
  • Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess - A Balderdash Saga Short Story
  • The Balderdash Saga - Special Edition - A Balderdash Saga Short Story Collection
  • Kingdom in Chains, Book 1: Kingdom in Chains

More Great Books for Kids 6-11 from Evolved Publishing:

  • Drowning in Fear by Majanka Verstraete
  • Fright Train by Majanka Verstraete
  • Grave Error by Majanka Verstraete
  • House of Horrors by Majanka Verstraete
  • The Clumsy Magician by Majanka Verstraete
  • The Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete

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About the author

I would love to say that from the second I could use my fingers, I began to write, but I can’t. Sure there were times through my life when writing surfaced and fell away, but the truth is, I couldn’t even read all that well through most of my teens. Then one day, my father gave me a copy of The Stand by Stephen King, and even though it took me a year to finish, I did it.


This experience changed my life.


From that point, I strove to become the best reader and writer I could be. I was driven by an unbelievable passion to become a writer, and here I am. I truly started from the bottom and worked hard to become who I am now. I am a believer in the words. Reading saved my life. Writing made my life.

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Publisher
Evolved Publishing LLC
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Published on
Sep 26, 2015
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Pages
103
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ISBN
9781622533350
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Juvenile Fiction / Horror
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This content is DRM free.
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Not all fairytales take place in rolling hills or along sparkling beaches. Some happen right below our very feet like the corpses they are....

Reviewer Tyler Quevedo says of The Balderdash Saga series: "I originally read the story on my own first, not sure how dark the subject matter would be for young children with a story about an undead princess, but quickly my mind was put to ease as the story progressed. It covers all sorts of great topics that I value in a good story for children (and adults): Morality, Integrity, Loyalty, adventure, a small dash of romance, and most of all imagination. The vocabulary wasn't too difficult for the kids, and yet there were still occasional words along the way that needed explanation, further broadening their horizons as future book connoisseurs. ... If you're looking for a short read with great life lessons and core values for a budding adult, I'd recommend this book!"

After defeating Maleer, the people of Balderdash work to expand their kingdom by exploring the vast caverns in search of more graveyards. Although Hurlock and the shaman have adopted Kaylan, few in Balderdash trust the prince. Scarlet barely speaks to him, and Screech is the only one to show him affection. To escape the tension, Kaylan unofficially joins the Spelunkers, a group created by the shaman tasked with mapping the caverns.

On one of his excursions, Kaylan is startled to hear a woman's scream. After locating the source, he watches from the shadows as two men chase her down, swords drawn.

Kaylan realizes with horror that humans stand merely an hour's walk from Balderdash. He faces a critical decision. Should he run away to warn the rest of the underground kingdom about the human invaders in the caverns, or risk losing his life—and compromising the location of Balderdash—to save the woman?

Evolved Publishing presents the second book in The Balderdash Saga, a series of lower grade fairytales with an always fun, slightly dark edge. [DRM-Free]

Meet many friends, and a couple foes, on your visit to Balderdash. Whether you're searching for true love with Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess, or fighting for honor with Roland the Pirate Knight or Hurlock the Warrior King, there is something for every reader within this coffin tale.

Stories by J.W. Zulauf:

The Balderdash Saga, Book 1: The Underground PrincessThe Balderdash Saga, Book 2: The Prince's PlightThe Balderdash Saga, Book 3: The Shaman's SalvationHurlock the Warrior King - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryRoland the Pirate Knight - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryScarlet the Kindhearted Princess - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryThe Balderdash Saga - Special Edition - A Balderdash Saga Short Story CollectionKingdom in Chains, Book 1: Kingdom in Chains

More Great Books for Kids 6-11 from Evolved Publishing:

Drowning in Fear by Majanka VerstraeteFright Train by Majanka VerstraeteGrave Error by Majanka VerstraeteHouse of Horrors by Majanka VerstraeteThe Clumsy Magician by Majanka VerstraeteThe Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete

The zombie sequel to Snow White begins where the classic fairy tale ends, with the Prince’s kiss waking Snow from her cursed slumber. Snow wakes up, but she doesn’t wake up right. 

Now a deranged zombie, Snow infects both the Prince and the seven dwarfs’ leader. That leaves the young dwarf Grouchy, who is secretly in love with Snow, to find a cure for her malicious curse. So begins an epic journey that pits the lovesick Grouchy against dwarf-hating human soldiers, Snow’s ever-growing zombie horde, and his own bad temper. 

But when Grouchy and his motley crew of survivors escape Snow’s clutches and seek refuge in a nearby human village, he soon finds that her affliction has spread faster and further then he ever could have imagined. Snow is hell-bent on spreading her horrid curse across the land, and it’s up to Grouchy to stop her before it’s too late.

For fans of horror, dark comedy, horror comedy, dark fantasy, zombies, and mashups such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters; Little Women and Werewolves; Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter; Henry VIII: Wolfman; Jane Slayre, Cameron Jace, Insanity Series.

REVIEWS:

“Part delicious dream, part nightmare, That Risen Snow is an aberrant fairytale that is just as much a horror story. Boley has a knack for dark comedy and witty prose, and he blends it with a nearly-hardboiled voice uncharacteristic of (and therefore pleasantly unique in) dark fantasy fiction. It’s a story you’ll want to tear ass through but will equally want to slow down for, so you can savor the prose.” 

—Brady Allen, author of Back Roads & Frontal Lobes

“In 1912, the Brothers Grimm published an old German fairy tale they titled Snow White. Little did they know that a guy named Rob Boley would come along a hundred years later to reveal the ‘true’ and adult story of Ms. White, or ‘Snow’ as she was known in real life… No one could have possibly foreseen what would become of Snow in the hands of a diabolical, maniacal imagination like Boley’s… Such a nice boy… with such a fevered mind. Read this with the lights on and a baseball bat or shotgun handy… you’re gonna be glad you did. This is a Snow White you ain’t gonna find in the middle school library… Get it, read it, and try to keep the screaming down.”

—Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, Just Like That, and The Bitch

“That Risen Snow and That Wicked Apple make a deliciously diabolical tale—part Walking Dead, part turned-on-its-ear fairy tale. Rob Boley strikes the perfect balance of depth, drama, and dark humor to keep readers devouring the pages and leave them hungering for more.”

—Linda Gerber, author of the Death by Bikini Mysteries

Not all fairytales take place in rolling hills or along sparkling beaches. Some happen right below our very feet like the corpses they are....

Reviewer Tyler Quevedo says of The Balderdash Saga series: "I originally read the story on my own first, not sure how dark the subject matter would be for young children with a story about an undead princess, but quickly my mind was put to ease as the story progressed. It covers all sorts of great topics that I value in a good story for children (and adults): Morality, Integrity, Loyalty, adventure, a small dash of romance, and most of all imagination. The vocabulary wasn't too difficult for the kids, and yet there were still occasional words along the way that needed explanation, further broadening their horizons as future book connoisseurs. ... If you're looking for a short read with great life lessons and core values for a budding adult, I'd recommend this book!"

After defeating Maleer, the people of Balderdash work to expand their kingdom by exploring the vast caverns in search of more graveyards. Although Hurlock and the shaman have adopted Kaylan, few in Balderdash trust the prince. Scarlet barely speaks to him, and Screech is the only one to show him affection. To escape the tension, Kaylan unofficially joins the Spelunkers, a group created by the shaman tasked with mapping the caverns.

On one of his excursions, Kaylan is startled to hear a woman's scream. After locating the source, he watches from the shadows as two men chase her down, swords drawn.

Kaylan realizes with horror that humans stand merely an hour's walk from Balderdash. He faces a critical decision. Should he run away to warn the rest of the underground kingdom about the human invaders in the caverns, or risk losing his life—and compromising the location of Balderdash—to save the woman?

Evolved Publishing presents the second book in The Balderdash Saga, a series of lower grade fairytales with an always fun, slightly dark edge. [DRM-Free]

Meet many friends, and a couple foes, on your visit to Balderdash. Whether you're searching for true love with Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess, or fighting for honor with Roland the Pirate Knight or Hurlock the Warrior King, there is something for every reader within this coffin tale.

Stories by J.W. Zulauf:

The Balderdash Saga, Book 1: The Underground PrincessThe Balderdash Saga, Book 2: The Prince's PlightThe Balderdash Saga, Book 3: The Shaman's SalvationHurlock the Warrior King - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryRoland the Pirate Knight - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryScarlet the Kindhearted Princess - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryThe Balderdash Saga - Special Edition - A Balderdash Saga Short Story CollectionKingdom in Chains, Book 1: Kingdom in Chains

More Great Books for Kids 6-11 from Evolved Publishing:

Drowning in Fear by Majanka VerstraeteFright Train by Majanka VerstraeteGrave Error by Majanka VerstraeteHouse of Horrors by Majanka VerstraeteThe Clumsy Magician by Majanka VerstraeteThe Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete

Not all fairytales are about beautiful princesses and dashing princes. Some are about the corpses living below our very feet....

Reviewer Tyler Quevedo says of "The Balderdash Saga" series: "I originally read the story on my own first, not sure how dark the subject matter would be for young children with a story about an undead princess, but quickly my mind was put to ease as the story progressed. It covers all sorts of great topics that I value in a good story for children (and adults): Morality, Integrity, Loyalty, adventure, a small dash of romance, and most of all imagination. The vocabulary wasn't too difficult for the kids, and yet there were still occasional words along the way that needed explanation, further broadening their horizons as future book connoisseurs. ... If you're looking for a short read with great life lessons and core values for a budding adult, I'd recommend this book!"

Princess Scarlet is on a journey to find true love, but a malevolent force, Maleer, is in the process of dethroning her father, King Hurlock. Maleer intends to rule the underground kingdom of Balderdash, build an army, and break through the ground to invade the land of the living.

As Scarlet runs out of options to save those that matter most, she is forced to make decisions that will determine the fate of her entire kingdom.

From Mother Daughter Book Reviews: "The Underground Princess is a fabulous and unique book that completely took me by surprise. It features exceptional writing, relatable characters, and a very clever plot with underlying messages about loyalty, courage, beauty, and love. I highly recommend this book to children ages 6 to 12 as a great read-aloud book or for those interested in reading something with a touch of macabre. This one is definitely a candidate for a Hidden Gem Award by MDBR in the future!"

FINALIST: Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2015 -- Children: Fable

AWARDED: Awesome Indies-Approved

Evolved Publishing presents the first book in "The Balderdash Saga," a series of lower grade fairytales with an always fun, slightly dark edge. [DRM-Free]

Meet many friends, and a couple foes, on your visit to Balderdash. Whether you're searching for true love with Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess, or fighting for honor with Roland the Pirate Knight or Hurlock the Warrior King, there is something for every reader within this coffin tale.

Stories by J.W. Zulauf:

The Balderdash Saga, Book 1: The Underground PrincessThe Balderdash Saga, Book 2: The Prince's PlightThe Balderdash Saga, Book 3: The Shaman's SalvationHurlock the Warrior King - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryRoland the Pirate Knight - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryScarlet the Kindhearted Princess - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryThe Balderdash Saga - Special Edition - A Balderdash Saga Short Story CollectionKingdom in Chains, Book 1: Kingdom in Chains

More Great Books for Kids 6-11 from Evolved Publishing:

Drowning in Fear by Majanka VerstraeteFright Train by Majanka VerstraeteGrave Error by Majanka VerstraeteHouse of Horrors by Majanka VerstraeteThe Clumsy Magician by Majanka VerstraeteThe Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete

For all the flowers left on the graves.

Reviewer Tyler Quevedo says of The Balderdash Saga series: "I originally read the story on my own first, not sure how dark the subject matter would be for young children with a story about an undead princess, but quickly my mind was put to ease as the story progressed. It covers all sorts of great topics that I value in a good story for children (and adults): Morality, Integrity, Loyalty, adventure, a small dash of romance, and most of all imagination. The vocabulary wasn't too difficult for the kids, and yet there were still occasional words along the way that needed explanation, further broadening their horizons as future book connoisseurs. ... If you're looking for a short read with great life lessons and core values for a budding adult, I'd recommend this book!"

From the author of "The Underground Princess", which Mother Daughter Book Reviews calls "A little gem of a book - brilliantly written."

Includes all 3 short stories released under "The Balderdash Saga Shorts" series:

Hurlock the Warrior KingRoland the Pirate Knight Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess

INCLUDED: An EXCLUSIVE short story available only here: "Screech the Feathered Guardian"

INCLUDED: 12 exclusive color illustrations available only here.

Evolved Publishing presents J.W. Zulauf's special edition of "The Balderdash Saga Shorts," a series of lower grade fairytale short stories with an always fun, slightly dark edge. [DRM-Free]

Whether you like action, adventure, mystery or love, "The Balderdash Saga" encompasses them all, and so much more. Author J.W. Zulauf and illustrator Luke Spooner take the reader on an unforgettable journey through the underground kingdom known as Balderdash.

Stories by J.W. Zulauf:

The Balderdash Saga, Book 1: The Underground PrincessThe Balderdash Saga, Book 2: The Prince's PlightThe Balderdash Saga, Book 3: The Shaman's SalvationHurlock the Warrior King - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryRoland the Pirate Knight - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryScarlet the Kindhearted Princess - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryThe Balderdash Saga - Special Edition - A Balderdash Saga Short Story CollectionKingdom in Chains, Book 1: Kingdom in Chains

More Great Books for Kids 6-11 from Evolved Publishing:

Drowning in Fear by Majanka VerstraeteFright Train by Majanka VerstraeteGrave Error by Majanka VerstraeteHouse of Horrors by Majanka VerstraeteThe Clumsy Magician by Majanka VerstraeteThe Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete
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