Jenna Rhodes is a pen name for a prolific author with over 60 books published to date, with several more on the horizon, as well as short fiction. “Rainbow Dark” is her second appearance with Zombies Need Brains. Look for “The Windlost” in the wondrous SUBMERGED anthology.

Jenna Rhodes: Short Story "Rainbow Dark" in the Guilds and Glaives Anthology, June 2018

Stop right there! 

If you like your fantasy filled with fellowships and noble quests, this anthology is not for you. And if you love lengthy tales of politics and power, then it won’t be to your taste either. But if you like a little intimacy with your evil, and your vengeance short and sweet, with perhaps a pinch of silliness in the witchcraft, then these fourteen delicious sweetmeats of sword and sorcery will prove right up your alley. And it will be a dank, twisting, fetid alley, too. 

In this book you will find no high elves (only low), no politics (unless assassination is involved), and certainly no nobility. Join Lawrence Harding, Howard Andrew Jones, Esther Friesner, Jenna Rhodes, Gini Koch, Violette Malan, Leah Webber, David Farland, R.K. Nickel, Ashley McConnell, D.B. Jackson, James Enge, Jason Palmatier, and Amelia Sirina as they explore the perilous streets and clashing blades found in GUILDS & GLAIVES.

Jenna Rhodes: Short Story "Trust" in the Crossroads of Darkover (Darkover Anthology Book 18), May 2018

Darkover’s position on the galactic arm renders it strategically important, a crossroads in space. It’s also a place where cultures meet and clash, where strangers encounter one another, and where lives are forever transformed. Whether the tale features a literal branching of the road, a fateful decision, a twist of fate, or a life-changing realization, the theme of “crossroads” echoes through these pages. Here assumptions are challenged, dangers braved, and hidden truths revealed. Add a touch of Darkover’s special romance, a bit of humor here and there, and the result is a thrilling journey, no matter which road you follow.

This volume includes stories by Robin Wayne Bailey, Jane M. H. Bigelow, Evey Brett, Rosemary & India Edghill, Leslie Fish, Rebecca Fox, Gabrielle Harbowy, Shariann Lewitt, Pat MacEwen, Deborah Millitello, Diana L. Paxson, Jenna Rhodes, Robin Rowland & Deborah J. Ross, and Marella Sands.

Jenna Rhodes: Short Story "The Windlost" in the Submerged Anthology, September 2017

Everyone has their eyes set on the black depths of space… but what about the deep abysses of the ocean? What dark monsters swim unseen beneath the waves? What ancient wonders lie hidden, waiting to be discovered? What sirens call, either here on Earth or in the icy waters of a far off planet … or even at the bottom of a wine glass? So much remains to be explored below the surface, where light fades and the pressure kills.

Here are seventeen stories from today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that take us into those depths, whether we want to or not. Join Seanan McGuire, Michael Robertson, Esther Friesner, F. Brett Cox, Wendy Nikel, Marsheila Rockwell & Jeffrey J. Mariotte, Jody Lynn Nye, Bill Kte’pi, Jenna Rhodes, Susan Jett, James Van Pelt, J.C. Koch, Misty Massey, A. Merc Rustad, David Farland, Sara M. Harvey, and Nicky Drayden as they explore unfathomable trenches, underwater volcanoes, and abyssal plains.

Take the plunge…into the Deep End!

Jenna Rhodes: The Elven Ways Series

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly: https://www.publishersweekly.com/9780756402747

The Four Forges: The Elven Ways: Book One

Jenna Rhodes, Author. DAW $23.95 (554p) ISBN 978-0-7564-0274-7

Sevryn Dardanon is not your typical elf. In fact, the world of Kerith is not your typical elf world. In this spectacular series debut, the pseudonymous Rhodes (a prolific YA author) plays fresh variations on the standard epic fantasy tropes. Her elves, the Vaelinars, are outsiders, propelled by a magical cataclysm into an unfamiliar and somewhat hostile new environment. For Sevryn, a half-breed Vaelinar, life is especially difficult as he's neither of one world or the other. Meanwhile, human Dwellers take in the orphaned Rivergrace, an escaped slave of Vaelinar heritage, and raise her as their adopted daughter. Both Rivergrace and Sevryn struggle to survive as quietly as possible, until, by chance, their paths cross and they must help each other battle an unknown evil that's infecting Kerith. Sevryn and Rivergrace possess not only undeveloped magical powers but mysteries in their respective pasts that promise to keep the excitement level high in the next installment. (May)

The Four Forges by Jenna Rhodes Series: The Elven Ways Book 1

The Four Forges by Jenna Rhodes

Series: The Elven Ways Book 1

The Four Forges is the first novel in the spellbinding fantasy epic, The Elven Ways.


Brought to the world of Kerith by an unknown cataclysm, the Vaelinar race is both magical and arrogant, considering themselves far superior to the natives whose own magic has been shorn away by a civil war. As hated as they are revered, the Vaelinars have retreated to seclusion after anchoring their magic to the new world by a series of Talent-wrought Ways, passages of power, always hoping that one day they will create the Way back to the world they lost. 

Two young people, one broken of soul and the other broken of mind, find their fates intertwined as their mixed bloodlines both curse and bless them. Can a river-borne slave and a street-savvy half-breed find their own personal truth in time to avert another civil war?

The Dark Ferryman by Jenna Rhodes Series: The Elven Ways Book 2

The Dark Ferryman by Jenna Rhodes

Series: The Elven Ways Book 2

The Dark Ferryman is the second novel in the spellbinding fantasy epic, The Elven Ways.  

Kerith is a land bereft of magic since the devastating Magi Wars. Warlike Galdarkans, peaceful Dwellers, Kernan tradesmen and merchants, and brutish Bolgers have co-existed since that time, until the Vaelinars mysteriously appeared from nowhere, bringing with them a different sort of elemental magic. Now, generations after their arrival, Kerith stands at a turning point. 


As hostilities escalate, and treachery abounds, Rivergrace and Sevryn—she a Vaelinar raised by a loving Dweller family, and he an orphaned half-breed who has served Lariel, the Vaelinar Warrior Queen, faithfully for many years—are accused of traitorous acts and are forced to follow separate paths in search of their destinies. 


Yet both keep encountering the Dark Ferryman, the most mysterious of all the magically-created passages of power known as the Vaelinar Ways. And neither knows what payment the Ferryman will demand for the aid being given them....

King of Assassins by Jenna Rhodes Series: The Elven Ways Book 3

King of Assassins by Jenna Rhodes

Series: The Elven Ways Book 3

King of Assassins is the third novel in the spellbinding fantasy epic, The Elven Ways.  

Thrown into exile on Kerith by a sorcerous act of war, the Vaelinars have used their own unique talents to gain power over the races native to this world, and to create magical Ways that remold Kerith forever.  But now their war has followed them, ripping holes in the fabrics of both universes. The Vaelinars stand at a dangerous threshold as old and new betrayals threaten the destinies of the peoples of two worlds.

Against this background of betrayal and ever-shifting alliances, two star-crossed lovers—the half-breed Sevryn and the orphaned, goddess-touched Vaelinar, Rivergrace—must escape the fury of a desperate ruler. The Warrior Queen Lariel, having accidentally revealed to Sevryn the forbidden powers that gained her the throne, has begun a vicious manhunt to destroy him. Fleeing her wrath, Sevryn and Rivergrace find no safe haven as the world’s magic begins to disintegrate around them and the old Gods wake.


In the midst of this chaos, Sevryn is charged with finding the King of Assassins—a quest that may consume him. And only Rivergrace has any hope of discovering the means to save both Sevryn and the world she loves.

The Queen of Storm and Shadow by Jenna Rhodes Series: The Elven Ways Book 4

The Queen of Storm and Shadow by Jenna Rhodes

Series: The Elven Ways Book 4

The Queen of Storm and Shadow is the fourth and final novel in the spellbinding fantasy epic, The Elven Ways.   

Life, Death, and the elemental Gods have awakened in the lands of Kerith after a cataclysmic collision with Trevalka, home of Vaelinar ambition, lies, and magic. Only a handful of the bravest and most foolhardy left standing dare to face the consequences of these two worlds meeting. Unwillingly thrust through space and time, the Vaelinars have made the most of their exile and woven the threads of their magic deep into the fabric of Kerith. Makers and masters of the Elven Ways, now they, and the Gods, must choose their final paths.

Rivergrace and her partner Sevryn have no choice but to cross the treacherous divide between worlds in pursuit of Quendius and his army of Undead. They are determined to risk everything to prevent the Death Master from joining forces with the queen of lost Trevalka, a tyrant who has risen to power by draining the energies of those around her. Cut off from all their allies and friends, Rivergrace and Sevryn may have to sacrifice their magic, their love, and their very existence to save the world they left behind. 

Back on Kerith, the Warrior Queen Lariel awakens from an assassination attempt to find her people on the brink of civil war. Lariel's heirs—Nutmeg Farbranch's children—have been kidnapped, and Nutmeg will risk anything for their safe return. As primal forces rise in judgment, Dwellers, Kernans, Galdarkans, and Vaelinars alike must pick allies carefully if any of them are to survive.

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