Unless you are a writer, editor, or major fan of the genre, you probably had no clue that there are 8 subgenres of fantasy on today’s market. Of the list, only one outsells the others: dark fantasy. This type of fantasy pairs creative storytelling with horror, aiming to “unnerve and frighten readers” enough to keep them turning pages at a fast rate!
Author Lyla Cork, a Belize native, knows this genre intimately. She independently published her first dark fantasy tale The Sky Place on May 8, 2022, and the plot is enticing. Cork followed irrefutable advice given to all writers: “Write about what you know.” She does and readers are the beneficiaries of her imagination and talent.
What classifies The Sky Place as a dark fantasy? It relies upon ancient Maya warriors, gods, rituals, and belief systems to weave a tale of ancient magic by making 19-year-old Ixchel, a Maya princess, central to the story. Set in AD 562, Cork weaves the lives of present-day characters Emily and Mitch with Ixchel’s world and there’s enough intrigue on every page to captivate your imagination. Mitch must descend into the underworld so Ixchel can save him! Intrigued? Download it for free with Kindle Unlimited to see how this tale ends.
You can step into the story at this resort
What’s better than reading an imaginative tale? Seeing for yourself what the characters saw. Author Cork chose one of the most intriguing properties in Belize for her story: The San Ignacio Resort Hotel. This former luxury estate is unlike other Belize destinations. It’s located in a jungle setting —the environment in which Ixchel would have lived as a Maya princess whose life was filled with ancient rituals and the supernatural.
Stay at San Ignacio Resort before, during or after you read Chapter 23, for a true immersion into the past. Resort staff can help get you into a proper mood by booking onsite activities that include ceremonial recreations that deepen your understanding of Belize’s indigenous past. Guests eager to explore Belize’s fabulous attractions can take adventure tours arranged by the resort’s travel desk, too.
There’s nothing dark about this remarkable resort
Beyond walking around the resort that is so beautifully described in Cork’s book, your stay at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel will be filled with intriguing discoveries. Wander the one-of-a-kind Iguana Project where tribute is paid to the nation’s most interesting reptiles. It’s Belize’s #1 attraction for people of all ages.
Dine on extraordinary cuisine where just-picked spices and ranch-grown meats are so fresh, your taste buds will celebrate your decision to sojourn at this resort. Repair to lush accommodations after each day’s exciting adventures.
When was the last time you were given an opportunity to read a fascinating book and sojourn at a place featured on those pages? If the answer is “never,” the time has come. It’s an authentic experience you won’t find elsewhere and isn’t that exactly what you seek in a vacation that will find a place in your memory forever?