Young people coming of age in a world brimming with ancient, chaotic magic.
Ezra is a nomadic book publishing intern, media scholar, and bard (complete with violin and affinity for puns). They are an SF Bay Area native currently based in NYC and spend most of their time scrambling to transfer between the 1 and A trains. If they’re supposed to be writing, you may find them knitting, reading, or baking instead. Their favorite authors are Ann Leckie, JY Yang, Ursula K. Le Guin, and China Miéville.
Honestly, I’ll get sucked into anything that has intriguing, well-written characters and/or an interesting POV (The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie was hugely inspiring). Huge plus if the author has a good sense of rhythm when it comes to prose.
I’m not a huge fan of purple prose. Also, I don’t generally go for mysteries, thrillers, or anything that’s meant to be very fast-paced.
Violet Brænk’lo was an archaeologist with an unparalleled ability to awaken and reprogram First Age machines. One day, she vanished. All evidence pointed towards Lord Pallone, the would-be emperor of the sky islands, as the kidnapper—but he was never brought to justice.
Over twenty years later, tensions in the sky islands have exploded into open war. Violet is finally confirmed to be alive and still held captive. Cyrus Brænk’lo, a timid young military engineer; his bonded soul partner Kito, a brutal but loyal sapient wolf; and Séilăn Rĕn, a recklessly defiant warrior-princess, are tasked with mastering the mysterious powers within their people’s ancient relics and rescuing Violet.
Cyrus, Kito, and Séi retrace Violet’s steps through the far-off authoritarian Gelfeigne Republic, her time working alongside the man who holds her prisoner, and the perilous ruins of a fallen sky island. As they piece together Violet’s past, they must confront their idol’s dishonorable dealings and stop Lord Pallone from seizing a dangerous primordial force.
Enthalpy is a fantasy novel that will be complete at 160,000 words. It is the first of a five-book series about young people coming of age in a world brimming with ancient, chaotic magic, and their struggle against fascists who attempt to seize that magic for their own ends.
My parents have forbidden me from leaving the palace, so the only place where I can enjoy fresh air is the courtyard. I can slowly wheel myself on the level pathways between the chrysanthemums and the stone formations, but I wouldn’t risk the arched bridges over the ponds even if there weren’t guards and servants all over the place to report such reckless behavior to my parents. And I’m not about to call anyone for help when I’m perfectly capable of maneuvering around the water on my own.
There’s a willow tree that I like to park my wheelchair under so I can read a book or study beneath the shade. It’s near the center of the courtyard, maximizing my distance from the guards at the entrances. Today I’ve brought a physics textbook with me. During my three years in the military, I tried my best to squeeze practice problems into my downtime, but with far less diligence than I’d hoped. Sometimes my muscles would be so sore after training that all I could do was turn the lights off and roll over on my mattress. Or maybe I wanted to spend time with Jīn. My desire for rest or human contact tended to triumph over the prospect of studying, because that more often than not culminated in quietly panicking over forgetting everything I once knew about math and science.
Such laziness only accelerated the collapse of my education. I’m not the same person who got a nearly perfect score on the Renesian University entrance exam four years ago. I can’t be that person ever again.
I have been working on Entropy–and hardly anything else–since high school. I eventually hope to dabble in sci-fi in the future, but not until I finish this behemoth.
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