MANUSCRIPT STATUS: Finished
Mentor name: Carrie Callaghan
Mentee name: Melody Steiner
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Word Count: 108,000
A gust of wind and a legendary monster drag retired warrior Lyla Larken to an underwater kingdom where people can transform into air and everyone has an agenda—including King Ryker, who tricks her into signing a magical contract to kill an immortal dragon. But when Lyla discovers the elusive winnowill have erased her family’s memories of her, she recruits an unlikely band of allies to perform two impossible tasks: save the world and her heart. XENA meets BEOWULF.
Drowning. The word surfaced, even while Lyla Larken remained submerged beneath the river’s depths. A moment ago, a gust of wind wrestled her underwater. Now, swirling whirlpools sent waves of silt into her eyes. Tangled things twisted and reached for her. Horror surged in her chest.
This was how she would die.
She could have died a million other ways. As Calypso’s army tore through the country, Lyla trained for battle, for the inevitabilities of war. Like the other fighters in the all-female Aellae unit, she knew the enemy warriors could break her in two. Or worse.
Then she married Marcus and it dawned on her that childbirth could kill. After backbreaking labor and a bloody delivery, she was certain her death would have something to do with the baby. What wouldn’t she do to protect her daughter?
Her fingers burned raw from grabbing and missing branches and tree roots—reaching for anything to stabilize her and help her survive. The river sped up now. Jagged rocks bruised her aching backside, while the branches slipped from her desperate grasp.
“You’re safe with us,” the winnowill breathed in her ear.
Fear curled her toes and made her fists spasm together. The winnowill never did favors for humans.
Everything they offered came at a price.