John Hood is a writer, teacher, and foundation executive with a deep passion for both the American Founding and speculative fiction. His most-recent nonfiction work, Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans, won a book award from the North Carolina Society of Historians. Hood teaches public policy to Duke University graduate students and tap dancing to tweens and teens. He received his B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. in liberal studies from UNC-Greensboro. He resides near Raleigh with his wife, two sons, and a stepdaughter.
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Mountain Folk uses elements of folklore and epic fantasy to tell the story of America’s founding in a fresh and exciting way. Goran is one of the rare fairies who can live without magical protection in the Blur, the human world where the days pass twenty times faster than in fairy realms. Goran’s secret missions for the Rangers Guild take him across the British colonies of North America—from far-flung mountains and rushing rivers to frontier farms and bustling towns. Along the way, Goran encounters Daniel Boone, George Washington, an improbably tall dwarf, a mysterious water maiden, and a series of terrifying monsters from European and Native American legend. But when Goran is ordered to help the other fairy nations of the New World crush the American Revolution, he must choose between a solemn duty to his own people and a fierce loyalty to his human friends and the principles they hold dear.
“Mountain Folk combines frontier history with fantasy creatures in a fun and unexpected manner.” — Winston-Salem Journal
“Fairies, elves, dwarves, water maidens, monsters, and more. Soldiers and heroes of the American Revolution. Founding Fathers of our country like Washington and Jefferson. Cherokee and Shawnee women and warriors. A minister turned soldier and politician who is unembarrassed to quote Scripture. Throw all these ingredients into a stew pot of fiction, turn up the burner, and you soon have bubbling on the stove John Hood’s Mountain Folk . . . I found it both entertaining and educational.” — Jeff Minick, Smoky Mountain Living
“Beyond the epic fantasy itself, the best magic in Mountain Folk is the sorcery that will make early American history accessible to a wide swath of ages, tween to adult, who would otherwise eschew the subject. Not since John Jakes’ The American Bicentennial Series has the story of our nation’s founding been so engaging and approachable.” —Tom Mayer, The Mountain Times
“A classic.” — The Epoch Times
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