My friend Mirren’s on the blog today! Give her a warm welcome. 🙂
Magic lives beneath the earth of Isskasala, accessible by only those with the ability. Most of those can draw the magic forth from the earth via a staff pressed against the ground, acting as a conduit for the power. A rare few can channel directly from the earth via the air around them. Tabia is one of these. Born to a poor but ambitious merchant, at eighteen she’s sold into slavery to pay his debts. In Isskasala, slavery is nothing to be ashamed of, although slaves are subject to the whims of their masters and mistresses.
While the ability to channel through air is rare, Tabia isn’t the only one, or the ‘chosen one’, she’s a young woman unsure of herself, who makes mistakes but wants to learn how to use her skills, whether to help her mistress or herself. Her mistress is a savvy but spoilt princess, with appetite for decadence and a pair of jealous younger sisters. What could go wrong?
Although Tabia has the power to do magic, in many ways she’s powerless in the face of politics and convention. Her magic can’t save her from envy, hate or a palace coup which turns her life upside down.
Loosely based on Africa, most Isskasalans have dark skin, while those in Vanmala — where Tabia is sent after the coup — have swarthy skin, similar to those in India and Pakistan. People with fair skin come from Serain, a mysterious kingdom in northern Isskasala which will be explored in book three.
What more do you need to know? They have coffee and chocolate, like all good worlds!
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About the Author
Mirren Hogan lives in NSW Australia with her husband, two daughters, dog, cat, rabbits and countless birds. She has a Bachelor of Arts (English/ history), a Graduate Diploma of Arts (writing) and a couple of degrees in education. She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal fiction.She has several books due for release with The Dragon’s Rocketship publishing within the next year, including a trilogy co-authored by Erin Yoshikawa. She’s also had several short stories published and has co-edited two charity anthologies; for breast cancer research and Plan Australia.