YA Fantasy WIP: 5 strangers flee their homes and fight corrupt mages and demons on their way to an ancient school. Pacific Rim+Middle Earth
Chemist by day, writer by night and anywhere in between. I’m a geek girl and book dragon. I love music (sucker for concerts, karaoke, and Zumba), traveling, and discovering people’s stories. Laughing and good humor are essential to my day. I can watch Supernatural on repeat forever, and I get into phases. For instance, I’m back in a Sherlock Holmes / any mystery kick at the moment (though I have yet to write a mystery novel). I write because it’s the perfect balance to my science career, and it keeps me sane. And, of course, I hope to one day be a published author.
I read mostly sci-fi, fantasy, and YA and lately, more MG than usual. It’s a great way to begin my day before going to work. I love stories of thieves, assassins, characters who become more powerful when united, fairytales, and mythologies. Some of my favorite authors include Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Marie Rutkoski, Patrick Ness, Kresley Cole, and Brandon Sanderson. My favorite book is Alice in Wonderland.
Gratuitous violence. Tactless story for the sake of being sensational.
Query drafting in progress. There is one main character, but the book is told heavily in 5 POV’s. Here are a few details to get a feel for the story:
A thief with a talent for portals has nightmares about the world burning and bleeding. A spy makes deals with corrupt mages to find his sister’s killers. A shape-shifter, mistaken for a demon, wants revenge on her uncle. An inventor hides his forbidden blood magic from the authorities. An assassin fights the deadly poison coursing through his veins. These five strangers are torn from their homes and fight demons and corrupt mages on their way to an ancient school. They stumble upon the scattered, magical pieces of a broken giant and unwittingly become part of a legendary, recurring battle against an ancient world-devouring monster.
Strong, gold paws pounded the forest floor as the firelight hounds picked up speed. Megara’s own smaller version of those powerful feet adjusted to their sudden, frantic pace. If this body allowed it, she would have laughed. The strain of the shift would take its toll later, but the exhilaration of running with the gentle beasts was worth it.
Through dense forests broken up by open fields of startling color, the hounds moved close together, so that the herd was a red line of flame spearing the bold greens, yellows, and violets of the Demon Wild. They lit the night as waves of fire skittered across their hides, but they did not burn or destroy.
She marveled at the dark crimson of her glowing veins coursing beneath her skin. A disguise. One of many to help her belong to these creatures the Graced cities often mistook for monsters.
They ran faster, bodies nearly slamming into each other. Megara glanced at the ones closest to her. Their flames flickered, and one of them loosed a howl that made her own fire waver. More howls echoed through the stampede. A familiar crack of sound split the rumble of their paws. Demon Wild hunters weren’t far behind them, which meant her uncle was close by.
She leaned into her run, and streams of human curse words flowed through her mind. Her uncle would not recognize her, not in this form. His hatred of all wild creatures – both Demon and not – would further blind him to the truth of the firelight hounds. They were not the monsters who killed without mercy. They did not prey on the innocent or the guilty, but they came from the fiery heart of the mountains, the magical epicenter of the Continent, where most Demons were born. Creatures that existed simply to live.
I’ve written a few novels and a handful of short stories. This current WIP is my most ambitious to date. I gravitate towards writing fantasy / urban fantasy.
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