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Make an awesome cover for my fantasy debut inspired by ancient trees, fire, stone, magic and 2 brothers saving the world
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Biografía del autor
I'm a debuting author from the Netherlands, and aim to publish my first novel in december. It will by a trilogy about two brothers who feel responsible for the war with an enemy the youngest of the two might have created by magic. The first book is ready to go, save for the cover, the second one is written and now entering the editorial phase. The third one is making loud noises in my head. It's going to be great! Seriously.
Descripción del libro
BLURB The young woodlander Vesper (7) and his brother Or (14) get involved in the biggest war their world has ever seen when the leader of a mysterious invasion power (called Tarealar) intrudes into their hut in the middle of the night to claim Vesper as their god. While their fellow villagers do everything they can to free the abducted brothers and their mother, Vesper feels increasingly guilty about the destruction of his world. Is he responsible? WORLD The story takes place in the ’Westwald’ a thinly populated region in the Kingdom Miravia, where moste people have never heard of the king. It’s 90% forest. There are hardly any roads and most villages are nothing more than a few huts. Stone buildings are rare. It's somewhere between the bronze age and iron age. It's fictional country somewhere in the north, say the height of Great Brittain. The forest is peaceful and tranquil. When I picture it in my head I don’t see a magic forest or something from a fairy tale but an ancient forest with big old trees, lots of moss and the feeling of serenity. It’s untouched. Uncorrupted. MAGIC Vesper has created the Tarealar in his dreams in accordance to his childly vision of men. They have 4 fingers, lack several vital organs and have strange coloured eyes. They are about two heads higher than the people in Westwald (about 2.10-2.20 m, the Westwalders being 1.50-1.70). The have a male and muscular physical appearance but consider themselves without gender. Vesper can dreamwalk: leave his body and perform magic, based on ‘calling’ ideas and make them real. However, he forgets what he has learned and done when hasn’t dreamwalked for a while. His magic is called 'The Breath' (for breathing things into existance). His brother Or is a 'tree whisperer', which means he can release information stored in trees by whispering or singing to them. STORY HIGHLIGHTS 1. The abduction of Vesper, Or and mother Inanna from their village. Local friends Fir and Ardon fight of a few of the intruders. 2. Arrival of the brothers + mother in ‘Zweemoed’ a small coastal city, where the entire enemy fleet welcomes Vesper. 3. Or learns from healer/druid woman Ygdriadne how to listen to trees. A kind of meditation excercise. 4. Vesper manages to use magic in a dream to destroy a defence tower and turn it into a strange stairway into the sky. This after enemy leader Angr pressures him to do this. 5. The Tarealar swear loyalty to Vesper, being their god, but nevertheless won’t listen to his request to stop the war and go home. 6. Inanna gets increasingly ill after touching one of the enemies (a sort of magic shortcircuiting) and dies. 7. Or en Vesper manage to escape during the funeral with the help of Ygdriadne. They get separated but get both help from friends. 8. Fir and Ardon join soldiers of the prince of Miravia and set fire to a large portion of the enemy fleet, which is visible from miles away. 9. Or and Vesper flee separately to the capital of Miravia, King’s Peak. THEME This book is about the bonds between people and the social contracts or obligations that come with them. The big brother who promised to never let his younger brother alone (and fails), the younger brother who thinks he led his world into destruction, the mother who falls ill and can't protect her children, the two fellow villagers who swear to liberate the family but are facing an entire invading power and not in the least the enemy who struggle with the loyalty to their alleged god. Despite the main character being kids, this is NOT a children’s book and contains some grim parts. MAIN CHARACTERS • Vesper, m, age 7, raven black short hair, Looks cuddly but with ancient eyes. Couregious, energetic. Feels responsible for the war and the illness of his mother and suffers increasingly for it. • Or, m, age 14, blond half long hair. Long for his age, smart, witty. Promised to protect his brother. Is afraid in the woods because he hears the trees whisper to him. Struggles with his responsibility as the older brother. • Angr, leader of the enemy (called Tarealar), age 1 but appears as early 30. Very tall(> 2.10 meter), orange eyes, warm like the setting sun, very strong, has a hard quality to him, slumbering beneath the surface. Owns a scimitar with black metal. Male looks, but in fact sexless.
Público al que se apunta
Fantasy lovers from age 15 and up.
Tipo de portada de libro
Tapa blanda o Paperback
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A pleasure to work with again. She quickly was able to create something in the desired style. Very flexible and responsive to feedback. Great creativity. I'm extremely happy with the finished product.
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