Novels

This is a list of all my novels in progress. If any one of them sounds particularly interesting, feel free to ask me to post an excerpt. πŸ™‚ Bold denotes a series, Italics a stand-alone novel.

All these works and excerpts thereof are copyrighted by ErinKenobi2893 in her legal name (2013). Reblogs are welcome, so long as you cite me as the original author and link the post back to my blog. Thank you for your attention.

Ayn’neir (working title): A group of young people find themselves in a desert with no memory of who they were, how they got there, or where they came from. Their memories of events seem to be entirely erased, though their operant knowledge base’s remain untouched. With the aid of a mysteriously-appearing greyhound, they must survive and find their way out of the desert and to a refuge.
What happens to the people who die young when they are still needed? Well, that’s what these teenagers are about to find out.

Bound to the Flame: Currently being posted on this blog. Prince Rowan of Ertraia, born with a rare magical ability, was supposed to become the kingdom’s protector; however, he was badly injured at fifteen and now must come to terms with the fact that he is crippled, especially when Margery Dun Fayr, a wild and reckless young adventuress, seems determined to trail around behind him. When his adoptive brother, Julian, a Knight of Ertraia, is kidnapped, Rowan and Margery are the first to discover it, and set out to rescue him. However, they are only about to discover another, larger threat to the safety of all of Scotland.

The Flame Within: A sequel toΒ Bound to the Flame and set many years after it, this novel would follow the adventures of Isaac, a young man enrolled at the Zeigweir Institute, a school of magic. However, since the time ofΒ Bound to the Flame, the practice of magic has become corrupted, and Isaac can’t remember anything other than the school. With the discovery that Isaac doesn’t exist in the school’s records, Isaac and his friend Lili must face the possibility that the world isn’t as their lessons say.

Unnamed (working title; am currently trying to find a better one): Gervaise grew up in the household of a noble, with no contact whatsoever to the outside world, rare contact with his parents, and his own name forgotten. On the night of his mother’s death, his father’s coldness drives Gervaise to a difficult decision–to leave his father’s barony, forever, and to give himself the name which his father never graced him with. The outside world, though, proves to be different than what Gervaise had ever expected. The common people are oppressed, and there is little true justice to be found. With the help of the thief, Iris, Gervaise has the chance to survive in this brutal country and to finally escape the heritage that wanted to enslave him; however, he faces yet another choice–should he leave the country, or should he stay to help the suffering people there?

Camelot Cycle: A series of retellings of the Arthurian legends, from the viewpoint of a young half-elf called Eilyssa and her friends, Galahad and Riann (Brianna), son and daughter of Sir Lancelot. Opening when the young King Arthur is deathly ill and Camelot is under attack from the corrupted half-sister of the king, Morgan le Fay, Riann, who is, unlike her brother, both restless and brash, decides to seek a cure that is rumored to be found only in the Faery Realm. Seeking the aid of Eilyssa, who is perhaps the only person who will be allowed to enter the realm, she runs away from her nurse, only to find that Galahad, her scholarly brother, has followed them with the intention of aiding them on their quest.

Tales of Teryen: An oppressed nation seeks freedom from its oppressors as a lost chieftainess seeks her birthright. Temporarily on hiatus; needs revising.

Angels’ Reflections: My most complex–and darkest–novel so far. Klis has lived under the oppressive Kalvarn Tahsh regime all her life. To rebel is death. Those who speak out vanish, without a trace. Gifted children are taken from their parents or guardians to serve the tyrants; handicapped children, whether mentally or physically, no matter how minor the disability, are killed as soon as their disability is discovered; children who are tested in the womb and found to be “deficient” are aborted. To gather with one’s neighbors is dangerous. To whisper of other things is to be named a traitor. The only way to survive is to keep your head down, and especially so for Klis. After all, her sister, Aliana, has a learning disorder.
However, this state of things can not last; when Aliana accidentally kills a High Silth, one of the agents of the government and Klis’s abusive admirer, they are forced to make a run for it. Heading for the hills, Aliana is injured; however, they are rescued by a mysterious group calling themselves the Clans of Chiava, who reveal that Aliana might be the long-expected Binder. The last of the Binders was murdered years ago; the Binders are rumored to have the gift of bringing people together. Aliana might just be their last hope to rise against Kalvarn Tahsh and claim their freedom once more.
Jay Wallace, young freedom fighter, attempts to fight in his own way by acts of sabotage, together with his six friends Meriol, Virgil, Beren, Andi, Maya and Shansa. However, things go wrong and Virgil and Shansa are killed, and Jay himself is captured. Rescued by the Chiavans, the remaining five pledge to aid Aliana and the Chiavans as best as they can. Jay, with a natural gift for healing, soon begins to manifest the same abilities as Aliana. However, Maya is troubled; her mind is not quite her own any more. Ravenna, the unofficial Chiavan leader, is killed. The Chiavans are forced to retreat.
Meanwhile, over the mountains in Kalya, the Negrai’eltane–shapeshifters–are nearly extinct. Only four–Verun, Karyll, Beckra, and Nadya–are left alive. Kalya, too, groans under the oppression of a totalitarian government. Verun and Karyll decide to cross the border and seek the aid of the Clans of Chiava. The fates of both Kalya and Elayatar hang in the balance.

Immortal (working title): Cael dreams of great adventures, battles, and quests. Every night, vivid dreams come to him. But while at work one day, Cael spots a very familiar someone–someone who saved him from a Wraithkind in a dream the night before.
Arden just wants to find his mentor Sciel and restore order and some semblance of safety to the Dreaming world. Unfortunately, he’s now unintentionally created an Aware and is therefore stuck with Cael. But with more Wraithkind stocking the Dreamer heroes than ever before, people dreaming themselves to death, and cracks appearing between the Dreaming world and the wakeful one, neither of them might make it out alive.
Are dreams real?

Loyalties: At fourteen, Winter is rumored to be the best among the Ranger apprentices of his age. However, unlike the other apprentices, he was raised by the Rangers, who found him as an infant, alone and orphaned. Due to his skill, the King requests that Winter be made the bodyguard of his only daughter, Tairya. The catch? Tairya needs more than just a bodyguard. She needs a bonded guardian, sworn under oath to protect her under all circumstances, from all enemies. In return, Tairya is to heal her guardian in illness and injury, to give him food and board and clothing, and to protect him; he is answerable only to her and to his own conscience. Despite the far-reaching consequences of such a bond, Winter agrees to take the oath.
However, as Tairya grows, she begins to be corrupted by the promise of power, to seek dominion over her own kingdom and the conquest of others, and the other part of Winter’s oath comes into play. As her guardian, he is to protect her, but only as long as she maintains and upholds the sacred values of the kingdom. If she betrays them, he must stop her, by any means necessary, even her death. Betrayed by his princess, Winter must now put an end to her tyranny, in the ultimate test of loyalties.

Generations: Sequel to Loyalties. Years after the events of Loyalties, peace has been restored once more. Unexpectedly, Winter is given an apprentice, ElΓ­an, by the redoubtable Mistress El’ye, of questionable sanity. Attempting to establish rapport, the two quickly find themselves in the midst of a dark conspiracy, with far-reaching ramifications for their entire world. Hundreds of years ago, the protectors of the realm were forced to seal magic away from their world, in order to protect their people. Many had already lost their sanity due to the power surrounding them, and those who used magic found that they could not control it, doing much damage. The few who could control themselves when in close approximation to magic cut themselves off from it and created a veil between their world and the world of magic, destroying all possible passage between the worlds. The world’s protectors taught their apprentices ways of maintaining their control in preparation for a possible breach of the veil, and swore to protect it and the kingdom, becoming the first Rangers. However, for years the existence of magic has been forgotten, as has the Veil; though this is about to change.
A rogue group of religious fanatics begins to believe a lie that the Rangers are somehow hoarding the power of magic for themselves, and tear the Veil. Winter and ElΓ­an must fight friend and foe, and even the enemies hidden deep within themselves, as they struggle to repair the Veil. Meanwhile, Winter must face a dark secret from his past, one that he had thought was forgotten forever.

Untitled: Under construction. No character names just yet. Living under a totalitarian government is no fun–especially if you happen to be a member of the so-called “superhuman” race. The “superior” race has quicker reflexes, can be stronger, and some even seem to have some form of prescience. As a result, being born a “superior” automatically means that you’re in the army. You have no voice, no choice. End of discussion.
However, what most people don’t know about the “superior” race is that they’re empathic. Some are even telepathic. And being an empath in a battle zone is not a good thing. While a young member of the so-called “superior” race struggles for the freedom he’s always dreamed of, a brilliant young scientist, a new shining star in the government’s climate-controlled firmament, does radical research to answer one question.
Why do the “superiors” keep turning to sociopathic violence, even against each other?
As he dreams of–and fights for–a life outside the barbed wire, she searches for the answers to questions which have been forbidden to ask. Perhaps they can help each other–but their prejudices still bar the way. They are their own worst opponents. And soon, it’s not just a battle for liberty and knowledge, but of survival.

Mordred (working title): Some say that fate is cut in stone, immutable. Others believe that destinies can shift with the tides.
Mordred, the son of Morgan Le Fay and Arthur, fated in all prophecies to be the death of Arthur in the fateful battle at Camlann, has never believed either one. He believes his fate to be a slow-moving river, fed by many tributaries; those made by his own decisions, and those from forces outside of himself. But then, his own fate was always a foregone conclusion.
Mordred shocks everyone–even himself–and especially the mother who had raised him as a weapon rather than a son–when he decides to break with fate and forge his own destiny. But can fate truly be changed? Or will the forces from the outside press him into a destiny he does not want? (Separate from the Camelot Cycle.)

Anna McKay, Assasin: There are two groups of Crusaders. But most people only know of one. Anna McKay, raised by the Order all her life, knows this fact to be true. After all, she’s a Black Templar–an assassin. Her duty, to protect the innocent by executing the morally dubious. It’s what she does. She’s a vigilante.
Anna has never stopped questioning the justice she is sworn to serve, but her doubts begin to take an even clearer shape when she is sent to assassinate a young child, one whom a rogue prophet–Anna’s longtime mentor–has decreed will destroy everything they hold dear. Anna is forced to make a difficult choice–her scruples, or her mentor? Together with a group of virtual strangers, including a reputed seer, a warrior who has murdered in the past, and a boy whose heroes are all dead, Anna must expose her teacher as what he really is in the pursuit of justice, and learn what it truly is to be a Crusader.

Colorblind: Colorblind is the story of Connor, an amnesia victim with no knowledge of his past. When several seemingly unrelated murders occur around the city in which he lives, the police believe that they are merely dealing with a transient crime wave. However, Connor is convinced that the murders are connected somehow. Enlisting the help of police officer Nat Brachevis, Connor dives into the murky underworld of deception and betrayal in an attempt to uncover the truth. However, as Connor comes closer to the truth, there is one question he must face. What if he’s the murderer everyone’s been looking for? (Sample chapters here and here. The second one is password-protected, due to spoilers.)

Peter Pan: A creative retelling of the Peter Pan series. (I’m adding it in here because, while I’m hesitant to class it as an original novel, it’s still more of a story revision and an effort at clarification in my mind, rather than a fanfic.)

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28 thoughts on “Novels”

  1. Gahhh!! This is a scary page! Really, really, Sidious-and-Maul-and-Dooku-and-new-Darth-Duke-all-rolled-into-one scary.
    This. Is a listing. Of all the things you can possibly be writing that aren’t Shifting Tides. This is scary.

  2. I’d like to see an excerpt of Angels’ Reflections! Sounds interesting.

  3. Paul Peters said:

    OMG OMG OMG HOW CAN YOU RIGHT ALL THESE AT ONCE?! I’m only writing the fantasy novel, and a trilogy! (Although I have another novel in mind that I will be starting soon). BUT SERIOUSLY! THESE ARE AMAZING!!! The ideas are just…. WOW! I’m really looking forward to angels reflections!!! AHHHHH

    • Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚ And the answer is, I don’t actually write all these all at once. πŸ˜‰ I migrate from novel to novel as I feel the urge. It helps me deal with writer’s block more easily and to prevent it in the first place as well. πŸ™‚

  4. Wow! Your story sound really interesting. I especially like your idea Unnamed and Mordred. It is fun to find another person who loves the Arthurian legends. Since you like Tolkien, have you ever read his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or The Fall of Arthur? I have read the first one I mentioned, but I hope to read The Fall of Arthur later this summer. I really enjoyed them both, and since you like Tolkien and Arthurian legends, I thought I would suggest them πŸ˜‰

    God bless,
    Gabrielle

    • Thank you. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you think so. I was always fascinated by the character of Mordred and wondered how things would have been different if he set out to change his fate and keep from killing his father…
      I’ve been working through those… have you read “Gudrun and Sigurd”? It’s a bit dark, like “The Children of Hurin” is… Also read a book by G. K. Chesterton, in verse. I don’t recall the title but it was about Arthur…

      • I wasn’t really fascinated by Mordred until I watched the TV show, Merlin (I saw that you liked it, too.) Only I thought that Mordred was Arthur’s nephew in the original legends– not his son.
        No, but I will put it on my reading list! Honestly, I loved “The Children of Hurin”– though there are plenty of objections which I have against it. I didn’t know Chesterton wrote in verse. I was recently introduced to his works by a friend (so far I have only read “The Man Who Was Thursday” which I found very interesting, though dark.) I can safely say that book was the only book which I could not predict at least part of the ending. It was a philosophically thrilling ride.

      • I don’t know. Lots of things changed over time, and some of the characters have no resemblance to each other apart from their names. I think in my version Mordred might be Arthur’s son by Morgause rather than Morgan LeFay, because the way the characters seem to work right now, Morgan raised Mordred, but wasn’t his mother, because that would just be creepy… It’s probably going to end up on the fantasy shelf, but it’s really fantasy psychological thriller, because of the way it plays out. (Morgan is Mordred’s aunt on both Morgause’s and Arthur’s side, since Morgan and Morgause were both half-sisters of Arthur. Ewwww. Also, Gawain is Mordred’s half-brother. In this version, I think that they become close friends, since Gawain is a pure-hearted, kind young man. Maybe Mordred, feeling ashamed of who he is, and not wanting to destroy their friendship, hasn’t told Gawain that he’s his half-brother. That would make for an interesting plot twist. Yes, this novel is probably aimed at a more adult audience…)

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