I’m the author of the urban fantasy/post-apocalyptic novel Terrestrial Magic and the YA epic fantasy novel Chains Carried on Wings.
Aside from being a huge fantasy geek and a writer, I have a PhD in genetics, as well as bachelors degrees in molecular biology and history–yeah, I know, they go together so well. During my undergrad, I studied abroad in Rome for a semester, mostly focusing on ancient history.
Most sensible people avoid fire-breathing carnivores that prey on humans. But Jordan has built a career out of studying such legendary animals, creatures thought mythological until their reemergence in the world three decades ago. She and researchers like her believe that knowledge is the key to reclaiming the land they’d lost back then, when humanity retreated into designated safety zones.
But when the humans moved out, the legends moved in. They were the descendants of mythical heroes, inheriting the powers of their ancestors, and they weren’t afraid of the monsters. Jordan never expected to run into a legend, but when a field expedition turns into a trap for her team, she realizes that one deliberately tried to kill her. It’s a diplomatic nightmare the Roman authorities might happily sweep under the rug. But if Jordan doesn’t figure out who attacked her and why, they could try again. Yet even if she does solve the mystery, what could one stubborn scientist possibly do to stop a powerful legend?