YA Fantasy about a hunt for a lost fortune, sky pirates, found families, with a m/m slowish burn romance
Hi, I’m Molly! 26 year old, currently in vet school, but I’m crazy and still trying to write lol. I’ve completed the first draft of my manuscript and would love to find an alpha/beta reader or CP (short or long-term) as I revise. Really any kind of help is greatly appreciated and I’m happy to return the favor in whatever way you’re looking for!
Outside writing and school I play D&D and I’m an avid reader! Some of my favorite authors are: Laini Taylor, Maggie Stiefvater, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson.
I also have two fluffy cats that offer me moral support while I’m in school. I’ll be working full time over the summer, so should hopefully have more time to devote to writing/CPing!
LGBTQ+ representation, PoC representation, strong female characters, enemies-to-lovers, high fantasy, found families
I’m up for most anything!
Thomas Gil spent his youth sneaking into the famous Universite du Sapienti, stealing what knowledge they offer of Magnetography—the study of the magnetic waves overlaying the world, strong enough to propel ships in the sky. That knowledge is what may finally spirit him away from the slums in which he was born.
One night, Thomas witnesses the murder of one of the university’s famed professors, who with his final breaths entrusts him with the secret to finding the Levisay Fortune, the lost wealth of a kingdom, coveted by the cruel ruling family that seeks to continue their expansionist ways. Before he can flee with this vital information, Thomas is kidnapped by a crew of sky pirates, who think he is the professor that can lead them to the location of the fortune.
Under the guise of a false life, Thomas soon learns that the ever calculating Captain Levisay—a descendant of the king who stole away and hid that treasure nearly sixty years past—will stop at nothing to find the treasure and restore his family’s name. The two strike a tense bargain to see the hunt through to the end. Together, they will need to steal an invention from a world exposition of technology, battle the massive sea creatures that infest the plentiful waters of their world, and solve a riddle left by the disgraced King Levisay to find his fortune. All of this, before the royal family that tried to eradicate the Levisay name can reclaim what was lost and continue their dominion.
Thomas Gil spent his nights stealing knowledge.
He roosted in rafters far above echoing lecture halls, the darkness shrouding him as he perched—knees curled tight to his chest and sore arms wrapped around skinny legs. The cool stone at his back was often rough-edged, digging into his protruding shoulder blades to leave harsh imprints like scattered kisses against his skin. He would coil himself up, small as he could, and become little more than a shadow of a boy, despite the fact that he’d grown into his gangly limbs in all the years he’d performed these mad heists. He would rest his head upon his knees and listen to stolen lectures as chill air brushed his sweat-slicked skin.
The lecture halls were always vast, and his eyesight always poor. He never could read the chalk markings the professor scribbled for his students, whose parent’s paid for them to be here.
So Thomas listened.
He took every purloined word and stored it away in his weary skull.
“You should know by now the basic mechanism through which ship flight is possible,” lectured the ancient professor that night, far below in the subtly declining hall. “The magnetic currents of the earth run not only in the four cardinal directions but also zenith and nadir—up and down. Now, can anyone tell me why this matters?”
The students, overtired in this last evening session after a day brimming with classes, were silent.
Thomas clamped his chapped lips shut to keep the words from spilling from him. Words of expeditions to new lands and exploration of parts unknown. Of fresh wind through thick, curly hair and stars close enough to grasp.
I’ve written two other manuscripts, which still need some work, but both are YA fantasy. The first is a modern day fantasy with magic/alchemy in third person; the second is a first person high fantasy. I have ideas for several other YA novels that can hopefully come to the drafting table soon!
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