1St Draft complete! The Light Wielders. A standalone fantasy set in a world inspired by the landscape of South East Asia. A world where magic is fuelled by light. Four strangers will hold the fate of all magic in their hands.
Now it has to be edited!!! Aiming for summer/autumn publication.
The sequel to The Shard has begun! 12k done. Aiming for winter 20/21 publication.
The Shard - available now!
Darkness is falling…
Something is happening to the children of the land. Slowly they are being turned, their magic twisted by the dark energy spreading its tentacles across the country, until what’s left is only a Darkling abomination. Only those in possession of a special Gift are immune and can drain away the energy to heal the children – but only as and when the Gift chooses.
Nalani has this Gift but considers it to be something of a curse. Believing it drove away her beloved father literally and her mother emotionally, she lives a lonely life doing what she can to help others. When the Gift suddenly demands that she journey to the mainland, the chance for escape, for a new life and purpose, beckons. And with both hands, she grabs for it.
Except as she settles into her new life in the city of Karas, she soon discovers more questions than answers when she stumbles across a series of magical experiments on creatures rumoured to have created the energy unique to the city. When she learns that this could be responsible for the dark forces sweeping the land, she decides this time she will take her life into her own hands. With the help of those she encounters including a Darkling boy and Luca, a young man whose research seems to hold the key, Nalani sets out on a path that will forever change her life. But will she figure out all of the answers, including ones shadowed inside herself, before the darkness overpowers them all.
With its young adult protagonist and themes of self-discovery, coming of age, and setting out on one’s own, this novel should appeal to adults and YA alike.
Reviews of The Shard
'Let me start by saying: I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This is an incredibly well written beautiful, absolutely amazing story. It is about acceptance and coming to terms with the talents - gifts - you are granted. It is about friendship and trust.
The writing style truly brings you into the story and plays with your imagination. I had such vivid images of the city and the surroundings I almost forgot I was lounging in my reading chair and indeed not climbing the roofs myself!
I would love to argue with anyone daring to say it had a slow start, I think it had exactly the beginning it needed. We get to know Nalani, her character and what drives her. The beginning chapters are essential to the whole story and I wouldn’t take anything away from them to fasten the pace… The pace doesn’t need to be fastened!
The descriptions, the actions, the dialogues - everything pulled me in and engulfed me.
I love Nalani’s character. Strong, independent black girl discovering her destiny! I loved the way her character was subtly, carefully and lovingly brought into awareness. I loved her growth. There’s not much I didn’t like about her. Honesty, she is the perfect protagonist playing a perfect role in a perfect story.' -5* Review by Victoria Liiv, Author of Hell and Highwater
Reviews of The Shard
'I thoroughly enjoyed many aspects of this book and would read it again. I had mixed feelings about the main character, though she experienced good growth, and I liked her a lot by the end.
The supporting characters were excellent. While I found the story started a little slow, by the third chapter I was getting more interested, and before halfway through I found the story very compelling. I would read this again and would recommend it to friends..' -4* Review by Ali Ings, Author of The Forest Guardians series.
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