The Illuminiers by Patricia Arnold has been released today and is available in print and Kindle digital format.
About the book…
I had trouble selecting a genre for this book beyond Fiction/Fantasy. On one hand, this book is a good contemporary reading selection for anyone who likes mythical creatures; some invented, some from legends. In addition, anyone who likes magic may like it as well. One thing is for sure, my 12 year old daughter Lisa Arnold has tested it and approved it 100%. She also helped create some of the gray scale illustrations inside of the book. I’ve ordered print copies, and she can’t wait to receive one!
There are essentially two stories in this book that combine into one. First, some background and the story of Amberly Wakeland, who moved into a haunted house and found herself caught in the web of a sinister illuminier. The second story is about Morgan Fey Burne who would rather be referred to as Morgan Achron. She follows her own path and with some mysterious objects, she finds Elderwynne’s Academy. Eventually, Amberly’s and Morgan’s paths collide and their lives are drastically changed.
I will also be running some promotions on this title, so stay posted! ~ the author.
Book Description: Ever wonder what lies beyond the veil of magic?
Magic is a series of commands upon the energy flowing through a force known as the Framework. While wizards and witches can recite the ancient commands to summon power, Illuminiers can amplify it.
The one with the Synergium has limitless power. Markus Burne, an evil Illuminier, seeks the destruction of Elderwynne’s Academy to absorb the Synergium. The betrayal begins with an ancient entity and a deceitful girl with violet hair. Amberly and her mother are new to Locke Lake, and when they move into the notoriously haunted home of Connor Locke, they are easy targets. With promises of salvation, Markus steals the evil from Amberly’s home for a darker purpose.
He disappears with the forbidden magic, leaving destruction in his wake. He leaves his daughter, Morgan behind…
The daughter he traded for supremacy isn’t an easy target.
Morgan Fay Achron has the power of three and the gift of time.
She’s a descendant of Morgan Le Fay with a timepiece, a coin, and a book of nonsensical poetry. Miserable with a stepmother that doesn’t want her, she mourns for the father that vanished.
Then Arthur Achron arrives. Convincing her to come to Locke Lake, she leaves the only home she’s ever known to seek answers. At H.B. Locke Private School, Morgan spies another student leaving the cafeteria; a girl with purple hair.
Morgan discovers another school far out on the isthmus. With ingenuity and a white lie, she surprises the Illuminiers. They find her dishonesty unwelcome, distrusting her nearly as much as the one person who tried to destroy them. Despite having a lineage that dates back to Merlin and King Arthur, Morgan has to fight to gain the trust of the Illuminiers to use the Framework.
Morgan’s friends are there to help her find herself. When the time comes, will Morgan betray the Illuminiers as Markus would have it? Will she stand with her friends against a dark adversary? Swept up in the Synergium, can she resist the lure of the Framework?
Recommended for ages 9 – 12+, but a great read for all ages!