When Technology Advances & Magic Evolves, No One is Safe
SHADOW IS AZH’NAHN, A POWERLESS MAGE born into a culture that prides itself in sharing the earth’s powers. When he chooses a life of voluntary exile to preserve his family’s honor, Shadow receives a mysterious call to witness the unearthing of kotrakoy, treacherous telepathic beasts with four wings and four rows of teeth. As he watches their unholy resurrection with great horror, kotrakoy open their minds to his and offer a glimpse into what life would be like wielding a mage’s powers.
As Shadow races to warn his people of the impending threat, he discovers a mysterious Trayki woman hanging from the trees and on the verge of death. Uncertain what to do, Shadow initially hesitates to rescue this woman, whose people embrace technology and eschew his culture. As Shadow tends to her glider-crash wounds, the earth unites them in a soul bond, a sacred union that gives Shadow an unerring duty to protect and preserve her life. That duty will be fraught with peril: Trayki troops begin bombing Hiwalani villages, and while losses mount, magic evolves and Shadow’s people lose their power.
The Hiwalani must rely on inexperienced youths to master the new magic and stop enemy attacks. Desperate to save their people, few make any progress at all. Only the outcast azh’nahn seems to understand it – and very few trust his judgment. When Shadow believes he’s unlocked the solution, it involves empowering the most deadly kotrakoy and risking the complete annihilation of his people. While his solution sounds reasonable in theory, there is no time to test it. It’s UNPROVEN.
True to my marketing, Unproven is character driven, thriller paced, encased in gripping prose, and full of plot twists while tackling moral conundrums. It’s high fantasy with a twist, gun powder versus magic, and features a meek, powerless mage as protagonist.
You are sooooo good at twists … lots of surprises. The imagery is so vivid, I barely feel like I am reading. The world building is amazing. … unique languages, animals, ways of dressing, ways of thinking, unique traditions, and in later chapters, unique plants. I love the story. It brought tears to my eyes at times. It brought terror at others.
I started reading Drew’s other books, Slice, and Moon 514. I liked them so well I decided to read more to see if he really is as good as suspected. He is. They are very well written with excellent endings. I would recommend [his works] to anyone that is into Sci-fi and/or fantasy.
Keep on writing Drew. I hope we have a very long and lasting relationship. Looking forward to more of your books.
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People flock to your writing! I can’t wait to read more.
Lots of suspense. I’m drawn in. I really like the contrast between the two cultures and how they view things so differently. I am just drinking in your descriptive phrases … very enjoyable to read. A few lines I read again just to relish the fine word choice.
Your writing is so detailed that I can imagine the main character’s actions step by step and I can imagine the surroundings.