Genre: YA Fantasy
Word count: 100,000
Persecuted as a girl with magic, Naya is rescued by the powerful mage Mariyana. She takes Naya on a mission to rally support against a dragon army invading their homelands.
After Mariyana fails to win over the exiled dragon Endogas, he is swayed upon discovering Naya possesses the rare skill of Ancient Magic. Together they gain the crucial support of the mage community of Numara.
A group of rebellious mages attempts to prevent the Numarans from joining the defence army, and Naya almost loses her magic stopping them.
Just in time do Naya and Endogas reach the front lines. Endogas has secretly taught her dragon magic, but Mariyana orders her to stay out of the battle. It is only when the dragons close in on her friends and allies that Naya steps up and does what the others cannot – kill dragons.
The dragons surrender, but Endogas is mortally wounded. Naya and her friend, the mage Evulon, risk their lives to save him. They are rewarded with a magic bond that will link them together for life.
“Who can give me an example of herbs used in Communication Magic?”
Naya glanced around at her fellow students, but none of them seemed to know the answer to Mariyana’s question.
About a dozen boys and girls filled the other seats in the Mage’s schoolroom. They came from all over Dogan as well as from the neighbouring land of Tion to attend Mariyana’s classes in Alyna, the trade capital of Dogan.
“Are there no schools where they live?” Naya had asked Mariyana.
“People want their children to study with me,” the Mage had explained. “And I can teach them all, regardless what Magic they have. That is not the case everywhere. Some Mages only teach Craft, or Healing.”
We are lucky to be here, Naya thought. And I am even luckier. If Mariyana hadn’t found me before I ran into the Ytobiq border guards—
“Ammorana leaves will enhance your reach when you need to Communicate over long
distances,” Mariyana said, breaking into her thoughts. “Surely you have heard of that before.”
“But Mage Mariyana,” a young girl with two long braids called out, “we don’t all have Communication Magic!”
“As a Healing Mage you will need to know all the properties of the herbs you use, Rasya.”
“Mage Mariyana?” a lanky boy asked. “Why don’t we all have Communication Magic?”
The older girl behind him giggled, earning a stern look from the Mage.
“For the same reason you do not all have Healing Magic, or Craftsmagic,” Mariyana replied gently. “Have you never heard of the Mingling, Lyann?”