Title: The Heir
Publication Date: August 25th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Entrusted with the safe keeping of The Book & the wickedness contained in it, Blaine & Elian embark on a journey filled with unusual creatures & a looming prophecy in the unfamiliar & ancient land of Vestia. First, they have to find their way back to each other, trusting new allies & befriending old foes along the way.
With time running out & the fate of the universe resting squarely upon their shoulders, Blaine & Elian face an unknown enemy who will stop at nothing to unleash the evil soul trapped in The Book. But Elian knows a secret about Blaine’s destiny. Will the secret prophecy divide their pathways, letting doubt & fear sabotage all they have accomplished?
“Rise and shine, human mongrel!” A loud voice boomed as cold water drenched the girl’s body, jolting her awake. The shock of the drenching caused her to jump to her feet and hit her head on the low metal ceiling. To steady herself, she reached out and grasped the metal bars in front of her. This proved to be an error in judgment. The contact with them sent a charge of electricity through her whole body, which knocked her backwards and to the floor of the cage that confined her. Laughter and jeers filled the air as the girl attempted to regain control of her senses. Upon doing so, she could focus on the growing group of creatures that congregated outside the cage. Each muscle-bound beast pushed closer to get a better view of their captive. A wave of nausea passed over the girl as a filthy odor filled her nostrils. The stench was emanating from the dirty matted coats that covered the creatures surrounding her.
The girl struggled to remember anything that would make sense of her present situation. Her consciousness seemed void of all memory—even that of her name. Hazy images of people and events filled her mind, but she couldn’t quite hold on to them. Her thoughts ended when a rock, thrown by one spectator, pelted the girl in the head. She reacted to the assault and yelled in anger, “Stop!” An involuntary blast emanated from her hand and shot out at the jeering beasts. Surprised, she slid backwards. The bolt stopped short of the bars and absorbed into the metal grate floor of the cage in a display of dazzling light. The blast generated a shock wave that impacted those closest to the cage, throwing them backwards. This caused the remaining creatures to back away. Though her heart was racing, she remained calm and took this opportunity to survey her surroundings. The girl’s cage was only one of many placed in a line. Since the ends of each of the cages were solid metal, it was impossible for her to observe their contents. Now that the beasts had stepped back from her cage, she took a moment to examine her captors. Their faces had some human qualities she could only describe as oversized and twisted. As she continued observing them and their behavior, one of them stepped out from the back of the crowd, carrying a sign. It approached her jail cell with caution. “Hello,” she said, trying to strike up a conversation. The creature just grunted as he drove the sign he was carrying into the ground in front of her cage and scurried away. “Hmm, wonder what that sign says? Don’t poke the tiger,” the girl quipped out loud. She once again had time to ponder her situation. She did not understand where she was, who she was, or why she was a prisoner. However, there was one thing she had discovered; she could do magic.
K.J Moullen started her life as an adventurer. Always loving the outdoors, whether it was playing king of the hill with her pet goat in southern California, playing hockey on the frozen lakes of the Kenai peninsula of Alaska or snorkeling and surfing off the shores of Maui. Amongst the breathtaking places she lived her imagination and love for writing knew no limitations allowing for a lifetime of plotlines and characters to be created and written about. She now shares her life’s adventures with her husband and two children in their home in North Texas.