Elena Stamou was born and raised in Munich, where she learned to love fairy tales, history and languages. He studied Journalism and European Culture. Today she lives in Athens with her family, works as a German teacher, writes her stories and continues to dream like when she was little.
In July 2018, the Maradel Books family published the first part of The Varangians – In the Shadow of Duty, The Story of Gerard and Alima.
The second part will be released very soon, The Varangians – In the Shadow of Desire starring Enrich and Peace.
The Varangians are a series of independent romantic stories against the background of the history of Byzantium.
Five fearless warriors, mercenaries in the service of the Byzantine emperor will finally be defeated by the love that will come unexpectedly in their lives. Gerard, Enrich, Alexios, Angus and Stellan, five men so different but so similar in the intensity with which they experience the passion and the momentum with which they claim the woman who will enchant them.
Two words from the author Elena Stamou
When I was writing “In the Shadow of Desire” two elements dominated my mind. Fire and ice. It was as if I myself was watching a seductive and fragile dance of two different characters. Who was the fire? What is ice? And before I knew it, I was deeply in love with both Enrich and Irene. He serious, measured and so sure of himself. That stoic, cautious, a fighter who bends, but raises her stature again and moves forward, ethereal but also earthly.
The setting, again the adored Crete after the recapture. The winter landscape, with the waves whipping the shores of Chandakas and the thunderbolts hitting Psiloritis. It was in this environment that the story of Enrich and Peace unfolded. The wolf of the north and the fairy accompanied me for a long time. I dreamed with them, I cried, I had a heart attack and I traveled to distant times. So how can I not love them deeply?
The Varangians – In the Shadow of Duty … Read the first pages, here