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


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The Purple Morrow is the first book in my adult fantasy trilogy Rise of the Papilion. I started writing Morrow when I became frustrated with my first ever book and needed a change. I was preoccupied with the theme of redemption and moving on (or not) from a place of deep pain to live again. My intent at first was exploratory, asking the questions and seeing where the answers led…and from that developed this trilogy involving Marathana, a made-up world of clans and Northmen, magic and mythology, good battling evil, spirits, gods and demons, and yes, even the power of true (not romantic!) love. Oh yes, and there’s fighting.

The Purple Morrow is the introduction to this world, and begins with Jeru’s story as he struggles to live a normal life following the harrowing death of his wife. Rovers, terrifying Northmen soldiers, drive deep into the south, revisiting old wounds, tearing open new ones while setting in motion the events that will turn Jeru’s life and Marathana upside down.



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

Ten years have passed since the Rover army tore through the Southernlands, leaving behind a trail of devastation and death. Most believed the attacks were random acts of brutality. The wise, however, knew the truth: the Rovers sought to destroy the one thing powerful enough to thwart their conquest. They were searching for the Papilion.

A new commander bent on completing the mission left unfinished by his predecessors, leads the Rovers back into the Southernlands. Fierce and determined, he comes armed with a precious artefact and a secret purpose.

While the Southernlands reel under the new terror, the Purple Morrow, a harbinger of hope, appears to Jeru, an unsuspecting and solitary clan hunter. Finding himself enmeshed in a series of incredible events beyond his control, Jeru is compelled to take the first steps towards discovering his ultimate destiny.

Some comments from readers on the book (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.”


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

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



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

  1. Sounds good … I will check out the first four chapters when I am at home. Good work.


    • Dyane says:

      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)… 🙂


  2. nevinc500 says:

    Solid! I like the premise…nice work, Dyane!


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