Alviton was a strong, prospering country, full of light. The people worked side by side with the Fae, creatures blessed with magic. But that was before the war.
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Author Guest Post
This book has been classified as young adult fiction-fantasy. For the most part, I would agree with that genre classification. But, many other writers have asked me what audience I have written this book for. That question has always been weird for me to answer because I only started writing this book for me. It started as and remained a creative outlet for me to express myself through story writing. All these characters are mixtures of bits and pieces of myself, my family, my friends, peers, and even strangers that I’ve met throughout my life. Sure, there were some people who told me I needed to cater to (or worse – pander to) a certain demographic, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that. At first, I tried and wrote a few chapters where I was writing to entertain a specific audience, but ended up deleting them because the voice sounded weird. I hated feeling like I was twisting the characters to do something I knew they wouldn’t do, just to bump up the sales or popularity of the book. It didn’t help in my creative expression through this story. I know that means that not everyone will love the book, that marketing and promoting it will be difficult, and it might not ever be a best-seller. But, it stayed true to the vision I had for it. It has been a story I’ve had in my heart since 2006 and it will always be something I will happily stand by. And in regards to the second and third (and possibly fourth) books, I will always write the real story.
About the Book
The Secret of Alviton
by L.V. Clark
Published 13 October 2022
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 465
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Alviton was a strong, prospering country, full of light. The people worked side by side with the Fae, creatures blessed with magic. But that was before the war. Massive genocide and fear of the Fae touched everyone as brother turned against brother. Years later, and still reeling from the war, the new generation has clawed and connived to remove the stains left by their predecessors.
Sheltered from this reality, Nydia lives her life relatively happy and ignorant, surrounded by smoke and mirrors. But eventually glass shatters and smoke settles. As she struggles to unveil the truth about herself and the people around her, danger lies on the horizon, threatening to extinguish the small flicker of light in this dark and twisted country.
“You could run. Right now, you could run. Your tyranite would never know,”
I begged, signaling Janook to get Churan out of here. He was in no shape to fight again. I felt them behind me line up against a window that they’d jump through the second I made my move. Three lashings for destroying property, but better the lashings than being executed.
“Yes, he will! Who do you think let us out of our chains to kill you?! He needs money and we need to survive! This is the only way.”
They closed in further, and I backed away. I know there is a small space in between the buildings to my left. It would slow me down, but it’s either that or fight my way out and risk execution. I bumped into Janook, and he dropped a rock in my hands. This is it. In an instant, I chucked the rock at number two’s head, and he fell to the ground. Janook threw Churan over his shoulder and busted through the window, while I cut to my left into the crevice between the walls. My shoulders bumped into the wooden and brick panels as I sprinted through the backroads. Five and nine were a couple feet behind me. I cursed under my breath, trying to figure out a game plan. The workhouse is too far and no one in town would stop them from killing me. I cursed again. I pulled down boxes and debris behind me to slow them down. That gave me a couple more feet.
“I have to get out of here. I have to get out of Ractane.” I flew through the walls towards the outskirts until I saw my refuge – the forest. I don’t know the forest well, but they don’t know it at all. I could lose them if I could get there. I drove my legs into the unpaved ground, feeling the ache in my quads and the pull in the arches of my feet. The frigid wind bit at my face, forcing my eyes to water. I cut through the forest, basslemouth trees speeding past me and mud slapping under my feet. My lungs screamed for me to stop, and I couldn’t deny them anymore. I whipped around and threw up my hands, ready to fight for my life.
About the Author
Clark has had this story in their head for over a decade, and they finally got it on paper. Clark used their other hobbies—weight lifting and crocheting—to help develop ideas and work through any blocks. They grew up in the south of the United States with their large family. Clark is happily married with two sweet dogs and an apathetic ball python.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Expect more to the story!
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