Six powerful teens. A shared nightmare. One last chance to save humanity…
On the fragmented continent of Ialana, war threatens. The population has fallen into ignorance and superstition. A band of six teens, each driven from their homes by fateful events, find themselves caught up in the destiny of a mutant race enslaved by a despotic ruler.
Jarah, the sensitive and insecure son of a Meadowfield baker, desires a more meaningful life than to take over the family business. Unexpectedly, he gets his wish when an army recruiter ransacks the town. Along with Adain, his good-looking friend, and Blaidd, his nemesis, he gets drafted into the king’s army where they discover that Tristan, a soldier, is not who he seems to be.
On the other side of the continent, in a fabled city, Djana, a debutante is planning her coming-out ball. Little does she know of the fate soon to befall her and her family. In a hamlet closer to Meadowfield, 16-year-old Tegan must flee when the king’s recruiters pillage her home, while in the frozen northern territory, a feral clan girl, Kex, chooses an uncertain fate over a forced marriage.
The Six find themselves guided by a shared dream, a nightmarish vision that leads them into dangerous and unknown territory. Pursued by implacable enemies, the fractured band, at odds with each other, must discover their purpose and find an artifact lost 500 years in the past.
Will the team’s lack of cohesiveness result, once again, in the devastating failure of their mission, and the perpetual enslavement of a race of sentient beings?
The Six and the Crystals of Ialana is the first book in the Ialana YA epic fantasy series. If you like swords and sorcery, ensemble casts, and young heroes finding their way, then you’ll love Katlynn Brooke’s captivating adventure.
Targeted Age Group: 13-45
What was your inspiration for this book?
I am an avid reader and draw my inspiration from other authors of high fantasy such as Tolkien. His writing is evocative, and I want my readers to feel the same way as I did when I first read his books.
I like to go deep beneath the surface and discover what makes things tick. There is a vast truth out there that does not depend upon belief to exist: there is no conflict between science and spirituality, or metaphysics. When we embrace the fact that everything in the universe is energy, that all is connected (and these are the basic tenets of quantum physics) things seem to fall into place.
I want my readers to understand that even in a dark world, we can create a better world through the choices we make. Self-empowerment is about directing our thoughts and actions.
I am inspired by these concepts, and they are the themes behind my series.
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
I wanted to expand my readership to those who don't have time, or due to physical handicaps, are unable to read. Audiobooks work well for many people, and I wanted to give my readers a choice.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
The narrator for my book, Katherine Leask, is someone I know, and I was aware of her many talents and abilities. I felt she would be the perfect narrator for my series. It was not a difficult choice.
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