Ryan Sean O'Reilly:
I took to books at an early age and can still remember my father reading
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to me at bedtime. When I could read on my
own, my mother brought home books from the library for my siblings and me. She tells me, that I would look at the covers and say "not
interested", but if she left them on my night stand I couldn't help, but
devour them--the genres and titles didn't seem to matter. Growing up
the oldest of five children outside the city of Chicago, our house was
always teeming with activity--so it may be no wonder that I enjoyed
staying up late to read when things were quiet. There was always
something transcendent about disappearing into another world while the
rest of the house slept. Books taught me so much about myself and the
I've crossed through a few different genres trying
to find my voice but mostly dwell in fantasy, science fiction, and
literary fiction. A few authors who have inspired me are: J.R.R.
Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Frank Herbert, Richard Adams, J.K. Rowling,
Douglas Adams and William Shakespeare.
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They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.
In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.