About the Book:
"Set amid an imaginative blend of sci-fi and fantasy, the novel’s fictional universe is vividly realized and will grab curious readers. The book works in thought-provoking themes that will further draw readers in." BookLife Prize
The Alchemist meets fantasy with a splash of space opera.
Viola Alerion, a renowned storyteller in the Haldrian Empire, wants to be left in peace. For years, she’s been hounded by her past, never to find a moment’s rest. Then she meets a boy who wants to become her apprentice. He refuses to take no for an answer, and she reluctantly yields, even though she knows taking him with her could endanger his life. As their journey progresses, Viola begins to understand she’s not the only teacher in the equation. The nameless boy also has something to teach, but Viola makes for a reluctant student.
Can she give way to possibility and embrace a future in alignment with what she’s always wanted? Can she find the courage to embrace the principles that will transform her life? Can she overcome her circumstances and face her past? Or will she keep on running with nowhere to hide?
And what of the boy who guards untold secrets and exhibits mysterious powers that defy belief?
What readers have to say:
"Word painting. It is a talent that all authors pursue, but few ever accomplish. Astrid is a master word painter. In the matter of a few short sentences, you abandon the doldrums of your daily life and cross the threshold into the world of her creation.
But it’s more than just vivid scenery. So much more. Her characters breathe with their own life, bolstered by peccadilloes and emotions that evoke those same feelings from your own soul.
Our hero is a small boy, without home or family, but what he lacks in creature comforts, he makes up for in faith. Despite his pitiful existence, he believes fully in destiny. As he said himself, “it’s by knowing things that I survive.”
Viola is worn and weary from a world that doesn’t often play fair. She abides by the motto—kill or be killed. It’s not a preference. It’s a necessity...until her apprentice teaches her that there is more power in innocence and respect than there will ever be in all the weapons in the worlds. She has a choice—discard the boy and his foreign ideals or open herself up to the idea that this frail creature might open her heart up to limitless possibilities.
Once again, Astrid has woven lessons into the layers of story with skilled precision. Each chapter will leave you thinking—not only about the remainder of this story, but your very outlook on life." MLB - Amazon review