The fifteen year old Leora had always planned her entire life around working with her brother and father in their gemsmithing shop. She enjoyed it, she was good at it, and she wanted nothing more than to do it. But fate had other plans for Leora.
On a day like any other, Leora’s life was turned upside-down when two strangers visited her and informed her family that she had the power of a Mage-abilities she had always been raised to fear. As they seek to whisk her away and train her in her abilities, Leora must decide whether to remain in the family business, or explore these amazing abilities, and, a potential link to her mother.
Deciding to embrace the adventure, Leora learns that there is a lot more in the world outside her home than she thought. With new allies, challenges, experiences, and problems she never knew even existed, Leora must accept the person she was meant to become or lose everything that ever meant anything to her.
I wrote this novel in high school. My younger brother found it on our old computer and helped me to get it published.
Since learning she had magic, life hadn’t been the kindest to Leora. She left home at fifteen in order to train as a mage. She learned her mother − who she lost at a young age − was also a mage. She faced down a master mage and rescued her teacher only a year into her training, an ordeal which left another student mage − and her friend − dead.
After spending more than three years traveling and learning about her magic, she has learned to control her abilities and learned to trust her teacher, Rafael. Now, Leora heads overseas to a country that hates magic: Morlanta, the homeland of her friend, Lia. A devastating drought in the south is causing tensions within and without the country, and some believe the drought isn’t of natural causes. Leora must pretend to be a noble, gaining new allies, facing new − and old − enemies, and making choices that could cost her more than just her life.