Moorigad: Complete Age of the Hybrid Series
by Debra Kristi
When Kyra, the Moorigad dragon-shifter, unwittingly finds herself at Mystic’s Carnival, a supernatural world between realms, she believes her runaway days are finished. Amidst the carnies and never-ending magic, she finds a home of the heart – friends and belonging among a gathering of paranormal beings. However, living an uncomplicated life was never one of Kyra’s strengths.
She’s falling for her all-too-secretive best friend, Sebastian. And as she delves deeper into his mysteries, her goodwill sabotages their future and her very existence.
What did Kyra do?
Can Kyra and Sebastian find their happily-ever-after?
In this action-packed, fantasy romance about two coming-of-age would-be lovers, Kyra and Sebastian’s union and strength of character will be put to the ultimate test. The stakes? Everything and everyone that ever mattered to them
*Now you can get the complete story with all three books-in-one, including additional chapters.
Researching Carnivals and Circus Shows for Moorigad:
The Mystic’s Carnival you read about in Moorigad came about as the result of hours of carnival and circus research, followed by intense world building. In the book, we don’t go heavily into the carnival’s history, it’s barely hinted to, but it was plotted, the rides and zones mapped out (despite the fact they have the potential to be in constant flux), and the carnies created and designated to their various jobs and tasks.
Mystic may be a fictional and supernatural carnival, but at its core, a carnival is a carnival. To understand the life, I watched documentary videos, read books and journal entries, and educated myself on the lifestyle.
What I learned:
The name carnival derived from a Catholic word meaning “put away the meat.” Hundreds of years ago the Catholics would celebrate the day before lent (a time when they aren’t supposed to eat meat) by dressing up in costumes and calling the event Carnevale. Over time, such celebrations became popular in Italy and the name morphed into the one we are familiar with today.
In 1768, England became home to the first circus, at which time the performance ring and seating were primarily all open air. Time would see the circus evolve into wooden structures and eventually into the ‘Big Top’ we know today. Always a showcase of fine equestrian acts, the shows have also evolved and expanded to encompass a wider range of talent.
A turning point for carnival design: The first Ferris wheel to grace our planet was erected for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Towering above the city at a full 264 feet, it stood taller than the Eiffel Tower.
The supernatural destination, Mystic’s Carnival, is older than any version of human recorded history and blends together what you’ve come to expect from both a carnival and a circus. You might say Mystic influenced human carnival evolution, but in cases of the Ferris wheel or other mechanical rides, Mystic had to wait for man’s technology to catch up.
Historically, carnivals and traveling fairs have been known for their various sideshows. If you know where to look within her twisted design, Mystic offers a variety of sideshows: a freak show, girl show, geek show (although, Mystic is much more upper class than the traditional version), a museum show (think Bibelot tent), and a single-O attraction (For Mystic this is not a large museum piece but a real mermaid, not the Fiji mermaid).
My carnies learned to not only live the life but talk the lingo. Did you know carnie (carny) is considered a derogatory term? If you aren’t a carnie, don’t label a carnival worker as one. It’s extremely uncool. Other interesting facts: They live in the backyard, the space beyond the carnival where all their trailers and tents are set up. They refer to the Ferris wheel as Big Eli, and they all work to earn their cut (a piece of the wages). There’s more carnie slang but I don’t want to bog you down. If you’re interested in more, you can check out Mystic’s page on my website.
That’s my super short, flash-fact history of carnivals and circuses in relation to Mystic’s Carnival. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to be here and share with you all. Thanks so much for having me.
On a side note: Since our supernatural carnival is laced with magic, if you think about the most incredible ride or exhibit you’d like to see, I suspect Mystic would somehow make it happen. *wink*
This series is hot, and not just because of the dragon’s fire. I really enjoyed the setting of the carnival and its many inhabitants, with the paranormal twist. I felt like I was reading an action-packed crime mystery and an epic fantasy rolled into one, it was quite suspenseful! This is for upper ya/na based on some of the situations and language, but it wasn’t graphic in any sense, so I’d recommend for 16 and older. Read if you want a good time today!
About the Author
Live in reality. Play on the other side.
Debra Kristi is a paranormal and fantasy writer. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children and and three schizophrenic cats. She’s a full-time kid chaser, video game maker’s wife, and muse prompted writer. Unlike the characters she often writes, she is not immortal and her only super power is letting the dishes and laundry pile up. When not writing, Debra is hanging out creating priceless memories with her family, geeking out to science fiction and fantasy television, and tossing around movie quotes.
“She writes because the dead girl told her to.”
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