A young adult fantasy novel - release date to be announced
For years, Amar has traveled the empire of Kavora, seeking a way to recover his lost memories—memories that are erased each time he dies and returns to life with the new dawn. With the assistance of his longtime friend Mitul and a desert warrior named Saya, Amar may finally be on the verge of finding answers, but to do that, he’ll need to enlist the help of an unexpected guide.
Kesari is a Tarja, granted the ability to use magic because of her Bond with a spirit named Lucian. Haunted by her past and afraid to use her powers, Kesari has her own reasons for offering to help Amar and his friends. But in doing so, she may finally be forced to face the fears that have held her back for so long.
Meanwhile, a young refugee woman named Aleida pursues Amar in the hopes that his immortality can provide a way to save her little brother from a fatal illness. With so much at stake and nothing left to lose, Aleida will stop at nothing to get what she wants. And when her path collides with Amar’s and Kesari’s, all three are set on a course that will change them forever…
The first draft of Tethered Spirits is now complete and I am in the process of revising the novel, soliciting feedback from beta readers and critique partners, and doing everything I can to make it the best it can be. I hope to have a clearer idea about the novel's release by the end of 2020, but if you want more frequent updates, be sure to follow me on social media and/or join my readers group.
DRAFT 2 (chapters revised)
TETHERED SPIRITS is currently under review by beta readers
MEET THE CHARACTERS
Amar is a man with a mysterious past seeking answers about his unique immortality. He can be very hostile and selfish, and he generally keeps himself at a distance from others.
Kesari is a happy and free-spirited girl who is always up for an adventure. She doesn't like conflict and guards her own secrets very closely. Though she made a great sacrifice to gain magical abilities, she no longer uses them.
Aleida is a young woman who will stop at nothing to save her little brother Tyrus from a fatal illness. She can come across as hard and callous, and she's willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants.
Mitul is a musician with a kind heart and a gentle personality. He's known Amar for many years and thinks of him as a brother. He feels responsible for Amar and travels with him to help him learn about his past and recover his lost memories.
Once a powerful Tarja (someone who can use magic), Lucian is now a spirit who takes the form of fire. He is Bound to Kesari, which allows her to use the magical abilities he once had. He acts as her mentor and is very protective of her.
Valkyra was once a powerful Tarja and, as a spirit, takes the form of a small white dragon. She is Bound to Aleida, which allows Aleida to use the magical abilities Valkyra had in life. She and Aleida believe that Amar's immortality could help save Tyrus' life.
Saya belongs to a group of primarily nomadic tribes living in the Sular desert. She sought out Amar as part of her haseph, a rite of passage all Sularan youth undergo at age sixteen.
Jameson is a renowned Tarja who lives in the country of Atrea. Although he is very skilled in the practice of magic, his primary obsession is the study of magical theory and history.
Tyrus is Aleida's younger brother. Orphaned as a child, he now lives with his caregiver in Kavora. He has an incurable degenerative illness but tries as much as possible to not to worry Aleida about it.