WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, October 26, 2021 - Today, author Taylor Thomas Smythe released the seventh and final installment in his award-winning Kingdom of Florida fantasy series, which is titled Kingdom of Florida: Guardians of the Willow. The book is available on paperback, hardcover, and Kindle ebook from multiple online retailers.
Guardians of the Willow concludes the story of Oliver and his friends—a group of young neighbors who find their way into an enchanted land known as the Kingdom. The seventh book is the final novel in the middle-grade fantasy saga, which draws inspiration from such classics as The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, and follows the journey of a group of South Florida children as they discover a magical parallel world ruled by an evil prince. The first book in the series--The Golden Alligator—was chosen as the winner of the silver medal for the Children: Sci-Fi/Fantasy category in the 2021 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards and was a finalist in the 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards.
Guardians features black-and-white illustrations by Smythe in his first stint as illustrator for the series. Earlier books in the series featured illustrations by artists Alice Waller (Books 1-5) and Samantha Pollack (Book 6)—both former residents of Florida.
In addition, Smythe plans to release Kingdom of Florida, Volume II—a collection of Books 5-7 in the series—before Christmas 2021, teasing “more surprises” to come in 2022.
All seven Kingdom of Florida books are independently published and available now via online booksellers and www.kingdomofflorida.com in a variety of formats including paperback, hardcover, Kindle ebook, and audiobook (Books 1 and 2).