Author: J.S. Council
Series: Airion Series
Genre: Young Adult Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Formats Available In: Paperback, Ebook (HTML, Kindle, Epub, PDF, RTF, LRF, Palm Doc, Plain Text (download), Plain Text (View)
Blurb: Aside from his outward appearance, Kobi is a normal thirteen-year-old boy. Living with his mother, his father, and his identical twin brother, Raili, with whom he spends most days at the cove watching dolphins and whales feed, he is happy with his life just the way it is. But his fourteenth birthday is coming and Kobi has no idea how much his life is about to change.
When Raili is pulled through a puddle in the floor of their second floor bedroom by a monster armed with poisonous, spiked tentacles, Kobi goes in after him. What he finds isn’t Raili, but a new world all together, buried beneath the ocean. With a bounty on his head that has been there since he and Raili’s birth, Kobi will have to learn to fight or die before he can be reunited with Raili again. Everything he knew to be true was a lie.
People he loved and trusted are not who they seem. He isn’t the normal boy he thought himself to be. A transformation is coming. Raili is gone. Blood is shed. Traitors lurk, waiting for their chance. War is inevitable. The fate of the world of Airion rests in his hands. The Wiseone speaks. Failure is certain.
About The Author:
“Although I didn’t fully commit to making writing my life’s work until my sophomore year of college, I have always been a writer at heart. I was the only student in class to get excited about school papers, even asking to write a few for extra credit on occasion. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Creative Writing – Fiction. After graduating, I moved to Japan where I wrote most of my debut novel, Airion: Return to Zire and all of my second novel Airion: Light and Dawn – the first two of a four book series. Japan was a peaceful place to just sit and write, but life in Japan was also filled with adventure. However much I loved it there, I had to return home to do what I love most. Write.”
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“We think Raili is in Cella,” said Kobi, his eyes still to the floor.
“That’s terrible,” said Winiki, covering her mouth. “What can I do?”
“Nothing,” said Trayn before anyone else could speak.
“But Trayn!” Winiki protested.
“You’re too young and it’s too dangerous,” said Trayn, picking up the red Shikai, which glowed much brighter than when Kobi held it.
“I’m not a child!” said Winiki. “I want to fight!”
“No,” said Trayn in a tone that marked the end of discussion.
Winiki’s eyes swelled with tears. “That’s not fair,” she said in a barely audible voice. “You’ve been training for years. I’m nearly thirteen and I’m not allowed to even hold a sword. Where’s the justice in that?”
Trayn calmly lifted the black Shikai from the table.
“Will you kill and die by the sword, Winiki?” said Trayn, looking at the orb glow brightly in his hand. Winiki said nothing. “Are you willing to die, but fight to live? Would you kill without hesitation but show mercy to an enemy who would kill you without thought? Do you even know what that means?”
With tears streaming down her face, Winiki took the black Shikai from Trayn’s hand and gracefully held it up in front of her as it burned brightly; maybe even brighter than before. Trayn, Rick, and Kobi stared at Winiki with parted lips and wide eyes as she placed the orb back into Trayn’s hand.
“I have just as much right to the sword as you, Trayn Saio,” said Winiki. She turned to Kobi and hugged him. “I’m glad you’re back,” she whispered, old tears making her face cold against his cheek. “I’ve waited my whole life to meet you and Raili. I will do my part, I promise.”
She left without a second glance at Trayn, leaving the smithy in silence.
“I would forge that girl a sword right now if I didn’t think your father would have my head for it,” said Rick, still staring at the entryway.
“He isn’t the one who would have your head,” said Trayn, staring at the black Shikai. “Win has been interested in the sword since she first saw one. But on her first attempt to use one, she badly cut herself. Mother became very upset and banned Winiki from the sword, suggesting that the girls of the Royal Family start being healers above all, and leaving the actual fighting to the men. Win was still quite young and fascinated by mother’s healing techniques, so there was little protest. But, with age, she’s starting to rebel. She wants to be a Heal Warrior, like all women of the Royal Family have. I’ve caught her twice on the practice grounds at midnight, teaching herself how to move. Even I have to admit, she’s making great progress, even on her own. With decent training, she could maybe even surpass our mother’s skill.”
“You haven’t told Kai Ventra.” Rick said this more like a statement than a question.
Trayn shook his head. “Sadly, I know how she feels,” he said, rolling the black Shikai on the table with his palm. It flicked irregularly. “I cannot blame Win for a desire that I too possess. It’s like blaming a fish for wanting to swim. But I can’t help her disobey our mother. Father also understands Winiki’s passion, but even he has spoken no word against the ban, and he’s the King.”