Rise of the Papilion Trilogy: The Purple Morrow (Book 1)

The Rovers had been sent to decimate the Southernlands. Instead, they awoke its saviour.

Jeru believes he’s cursed. As if being born with bizarre green eyes wasn’t enough, Rovers destroyed his village and killed his family, and his wife, Aliyah, died on their wedding night. Drowning in guilt, Jeru isolates himself from his friends and shuns the clan.

After all, who good could come from a complete failure?

The Rovers’ return coupled with the appearance of the Purple Morrow change everything. The Rovers leave destruction and heartbreak in their wake. The Purple Morrow reveals that Jeru is the key to stopping them for good. One act of viciousness forces Jeru’s hand, and he must find the strength to stand against a formidable enemy. But before that, he must accept the keys to unlocking his true strength: forgiveness and love.  




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Jeru, main character of The Purple Morrow, painted by Amy Hands, illustrator

Painting of Jeru, by Amy Hands, illustrator

Some comments from readers (taken from Amazon and Goodreads)…

“This review is from: The Purple Morrow (Rise of the Papilion Trilogy) The descriptive character of Jeru, the main character had me intrigued and falling in love right from the beginning…I am not a fantasy reader, but this book had a fair balance of fantasy mixed with light romance, drama, mystery and adventure which had me enjoying every bit of it. The story is so unique, I kept thinking to myself, “This has to be turned into a movie!”. I finished the book in 2 days and I am anxiously awaiting the next sequence of this trilogy.”

“Fantasies are tricky for me. I’m not one to read long sagas with epic battles and queens and kings and the like. I have read them, and every once in a while, it’s nice. The Purple Morrow was a wonderful, lighter fantasy to satisfy my craving for that genre.

Forde is a newer author, but don’t let that fool you. She’s a natural writer and has a beautiful and magical way with words, very fitting for the light-fantasy setting she’s created in this story. The language supports a great cast of characters in a world where everyone fears the Rovers, a band of wild and ruthless warriors. But all is not lost, for there lies hope in the Papilion, the one destined to bring balance and order to a seemingly hopeless time for some.

With a desperate quest, likeable characters with realistic and refreshing flaws, and the lovely writing style of the author, this was a book that I discovered I need to have a hard copy of on my shelf. I look forward to the other two books in the series!”

“….I usually don’t go buying books without knowing more about the author, or hearing rave reviews from friends, or not having pictures in it (I kid, I kid). If you’re familiar with at least any of Dyane Forde’s writing style and narrative voice with her short stories, then you’ll be in for a treat with her book.

A wonderful world that pulls you in from introduction to end—I hate to say it but it’s the characters that did it for me though, usually in fantasy I’m pulled by the intricacies of the world’s magic system or world-crafting (which is masterfully done by the author). Her characters are both memorable and easy to relate to: the loss and pain of Jeru, the secret-love that Nyssa hides and wishes for, the inner struggles of Kelen. You enter her fantasy world as a stranger, you leave it wanting more.”


Click for information on the sequels, Wolf’s Bane and Berserker.



16 thoughts on “Rise of the Papilion Trilogy: The Purple Morrow (Book 1)

    1. Dyane Post author

      Hi Yolanda! So glad to see you here. 🙂 And thanks for the compliment. It IS work but I’m really enjoying all of this. And let me know what you think when you have a chance to read the chapter(s)… 🙂


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