Book 2 of The Darkling Duology - The Dark Cluster 1st Draft complete! Aiming for winter 21/22 publication.
The Light Wielders - available now!
Hunted for her magic. Her powers could save the light wielders from extinction. But saving them could cost her life.
Angkasa lives in an isolated farming village surrounded by thick jungle. Her light-fuelled magic is strong but, in her future, she sees only the limitations imposed by the deformity of her arm. When two strangers arrive with rumours of light wielders being kidnapped and of a creature that kills, hiding in her village is no longer an option.
Seeking help from the fabled Tenpat Temple, she accompanies the strangers who face their own worries. But the temple doesn’t bring the hope they long for, only a fourth stranger and the knowledge that their journey has only just begun…
With a creature that feeds on magic one step behind them, these four must join forces and learn to trust themselves and each other before magic is permanently extinguished from their world – and all the lights blink out.
If you enjoy strong characters, beautiful new worlds, intriguing magic and tales of coming-of-age, then you will love this evocatively described YA Fantasy.
Buy The Light Wielders to join Angkasa and her friends in a race.to save their lives, and all of magic.
The Shard - available now!
Her touch is the only cure for an all-consuming corruption. When she sets out to change her fate, will she condemn her world to despair?
Nalani is certain she’s cursed. Although everyone else claims her odd powers are a Gift from the goddess, the lonely twenty-year-old feels them cutting her off from those she loves. So when she’s called to leave her verdant island home and travel to the mainland, she seizes the journey as an opportunity to shed her unwanted magic.
Slow to surrender her innermost secrets to those who could offer help, Nalani gradually opens her heart to the new city and its fascinating denizens. But after she learns of a strange experiment with dark consequences, even her newfound allies can’t defend her against the ruthless forces she’s disturbed.
Will Nalani’s hunt for answers reunite a broken people or push her beyond salvation?
The Shard is the first book in The Darkling Duology of YA fantasies. If you like bold heroines, coming-of-age adventures, and lush worldbuilding, then you’ll love Jane Shand’s vivid escape.
Buy The Shard to capture a fragment of hope today!
Review 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
Review 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.
Review of The Shard
'Loved this book
The story moved right along and it drew me into the pages, I lost track of time . Plan to read the next.' 5* Review by Jennifer Rickard, Author of Wake Up (The Friends Series Bk 1)
For more reviews see Goodreads and Amazon.