Val left. She left Varhamn never to return. But now, she’s walking the islands again, and not only that, she’s going into the jungle to find a monster that threatens to ruin the future of her childhood city.
Val came back to find her brother. He’s not the only one gone missing lately, but he’s the only one with the same mother. The only one with a trained assassin for a sister. And if Val doesn’t find him soon, her mother will pester her for eternity.
She quickly discovers that there is more at play in the city on the six islands. A threat from the jungle that might put the independence of Varhamn in peril.
With the annual Celebration only a few days away, Val gets pulled into a mystery that has her chasing monsters and Council members alike. Is this happening because the princess recently was left an orphan? Council members are always scrounging for control, but how far are they willing to go?
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Targeted Age Group:: all
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It appears I can't not write, and it seems to be especially hard for me to stay away from writing fantasy. This is a bit of a different take on the traditional medieval fantasy where the surrounding jungle becomes an integral part of the story.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I usually fill out questionnaires or take personality tests for my characters. Sometimes I start writing a story from their childhood and how that has influenced them.
“The moon will be bright tonight,” Seren looked up at the sky.
“But truths will be hidden.” Eleri stared straight ahead.
“You will find more than you seek,” Deryn said.
“And less than you wish.”
“But it will be enough.”
“Or too much.”
“Perhaps a path untraveled will be conquered.”
They spoke as if in a choir, one after the other. Like they were finishing the same thought.
“Some fears are hard to overcome.”
“Some fears are rooted in the heart.”
“Some fears stem from a dark moonless night long ago.”
Seren's eyes dug into Val's soul as the words sank in.
“I don't understand what you're talking about.” Val tried to sound calm as a memory of tears on her cheeks and the rich smell of fresh dirt emerged. In the darkness, they had stood wondering what to do. They were relieved one part of their lives were over, afraid of what they had done.
Foli had grabbed her hand.
“Val, you can't ever talk of this.”
Val had nodded and squeezed his hand.
“Is he really gone?”
“Yes, the jungle has him now. The evil is gone and the jungle will take the rest and use it for good.”
“How?” She had turned her face to her older brother.
“The jungle is powerful. Where he is, all the small animals that live in the ground, all the roots from trees, and all the plants will take what they need. He'll turn into leaves for the animals, flowers for the bees and fruits for the birds.”
Val shook her head at the memory. She wondered if parts of him were in the trees above or the flowers by the path.
“Surrounded by the past?”
“I believe so.”
The singsong voices of the sisters brought her back.
“Are you seers?” Val asked.
“Only together,” Eleri said.
“And only sometimes.”
“We shared a womb.”
“Supposed to be one.”
“The power split into three.”
“I've never heard of that happening,” Val said.
Val examined them. They had done so much to look different, Val hadn't realized they looked exactly the same.
“The power is needed.”
“Impossible to hold.”
“Our fate is sealed.”
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