Authors Spotlight: Melissa A. Joy

Keys of Origin by Melissa A. Joy

In a world where ancient races still dwell,

the events of an age-old prophecy begin to stir. 

From the pages of an antique tome,

there is much the ancients themselves have yet to learn.

The time has come for the Keys of the Origin to play their part in restoring balance to Aeldynn; but how will their choices affect the outcome?

Two young men; one a righteous law-abiding servant to the people, the other a distinguished outlaw, don’t yet realise they are to play a part in a foretold bid for the future of Aeldynn.

Fate leads them down a road they would never have dreamed of following; a road that leads them into a struggle to bring the world back into a state of balance from the precipice of madness and desolation.

It is not only Zehn and Larkh who are fated to take on the malevolent forces of Aeldynn; there are others who must join with them as they are coaxed into the embrace of the ancient Nays and the fabled Drahknyr, who are also entangled in the masterful puppeteering of a renegade sorceress hell bent on reviving the greatest threat of all; Alymarn.

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Top Customer Reviews

A land that is out of balance and the journey of those who have the chance to save it, the Keys of the Origin, the first book in this saga by Melissa A. Joy.

The book was a little slow to start, I normally prefer to be gripped by the story almost straight away, but I am very glad I stuck with it. The story is complex, and that coupled with exceptionally detailed and descriptive writing has made for a wonderful start to this series. The descriptive writing enabled me to immerse myself in the story and in some places, like the fair in Almadeira; I could almost hear the music and feel the atmosphere whilst still being sat in my living room. There are lots of twists and turns throughout and jumping between places and characters, but it in this case I felt that it worked really well because you get a well rounded view of the story as it happens. It was very difficult to figure out what was going to happen next, which made it a brilliant page-turner. If you stick with it as I did, you will find yourself unable to put the book down!

The characters are very well thought out, so much so that I found myself cheering on some, while strongly cursing others, and each have many layers to them. I found them very believable and in some cases relatable. They also link in and contrast extremely well, creating brilliant doses of tension and humour throughout the book, that add a little something extra to the story. My favourite character is Melkhar, one of the Kaesan’Drahknyr. A fierce redheaded warrior with a dark past, that everybody fears and admires.

I thought that the maps and glossary included in the book are also a wonderful touch. I could use the map to see where everything actually was during the story, which really helped with picturing the land in my mind, and in doing so, added to the story itself, and the glossary so I could easily look up what was being said when there was not a footnote to translate.

Overall, I would say this is an exceptional book that I would happily recommend to readers young and old that enjoy a good fantasy novel. Very well thought out, brilliantly written, and I eagerly await the next installment!!

Jessica Parker


It’s been a long time reading, but this is one of the most engaging tales I’ve read in a long while. The characters are fresh and vivid, and the descriptions leave a vivid imagine in my mind.
Worth reading if you enjoy a well paced traditional fantasy, and for the kindle it’s an absolute steal.


A very groundbreaking and interesting read; a new fantasy series by a promising new author. As expected of a fantasy epic world, Aeldynn is highly complex and interlinked, and I was very impressed with the author’s attention to detail with developing the lore, characters and particularly the language within the continuity. At times it can be very easy to become lost in the complexity of the narrative and lore (hence the need for a re-read) but it’s indicative of the amount of thought and effort that has gone into it.

The main characters have very distinct personalities (I love Larkh in particular!) and it is clear that there is a common quality that binds them all together. I feel at times that different characters seem to represent different aspects and moral views of the author, sometimes very strongly so. In some parts this can become consuming but the strength of the plot, setting and characters maintains the link between this and the story. It is clear that the author has invested a lot of time, effort and emotion into tying all of the many details of the story together into a focused narrative.

Ultimately, the book shows a lot of promise for future instalments! It is clear that it has the potential to be an epic new fantasy series, and I look forward to seeing where the author is going to take it next.

About The Author: Mellissa A. Joy


Melissa A. Joy is a new fantasy author who challenges the conventional expectations of fantasy and takes them to a whole new level. It is no secret that she believes in the existence of all things fantastical, and that anything is possible.

She began building the world of Aeldynn and started writing seriously aged approximately 13, and has since developed it into something truly magical worth sharing. From the glorious winged Drahknyr and wise and fearsome dragons to pirates of the high seas and a world rich with history and lore, her imagination could be said to be limitless.

When she isn’t locked in a reverie about what’s going on in the world of Aeldynn, she’s probably out sailing the high seas on a tall ship, playing Final Fantasy XIV or perhaps dressed up in costume at an anime convention.


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