Yep, I have to admit it I’m in love with Harry Potter. Many moons ago JK Rowling introduced us to Harry. For many others, and me, her timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Life was stagnant, boring and a refreshing approach to fantasy was in need. Ms. Rowling delivered. Although Harry and friends was geared to a YA audience, adults became enamored too. A world of silliness, magic and characters that jumped off the page sat beside me night after night whispering in my ear. Come on read another page and I did and continued to do so repeatedly. Years later, I find myself fingering the covers and hearing that little voice…come on now one more read. Who am I to argue?
Eleven year old Liannis sat on the sod roof of her parents’ cottage in her night-shift, stroking No-tail’s soft fur, and gazing into the night sky. She loved to sit here to think, but chose to do so only after she was sure her parents slept soundly below. They did not approve, fearing she might fall off and be injured. Liannis knew better. At times like this, No-tail, their small cat, usually followed her and took advantage of the warm nest made by the hammock of her skirt as she sat cross-legged.
As a small child, Liannis had spent many happy days at court playing with Lionn, Lord Gaelen’s son, Sennia, his sister, and Borless, the son of Lady Marja’s maid. But as she grew older, the press of her growing inner gifts made it harder to be among so many people. The impressions of their emotions pressed on her spirit and threatened to overwhelm her. Like Liethis, seer to the court of Bargia, she preferred the isolation of her home outside the city.
At first Lord Gaelen and Lady Marja had been reluctant to have their son and heir come to the cottage to visit with her here, fearing for his safety away from the guards. But Liannis knew he would come to no harm. She told them, with full confidence that nothing would happen to him as long as he was with her. Earth had told her so.
Gaelen had relented only upon assurance from Liethis, official seer of Bargia, that Liannis’ sight was true. From that time on, under the watchful eyes of Liannis’ parents, the three children had visited with her often,. They had occasionally accompanied her in her night vigils on the roof.
Liannis had not returned to court again after her eighth summer. The press of impressions there caused her too much pain.
Tonight, Liannis kept her vigil alone. She considered what her future would hold. When she reached her twelfth birthday, she understood she would start spending the winter months with Liethis as her apprentice.
Liethis had already explained to Lord Gaelen and her parents that Liannis would grow into a much more powerful seer than she was. Liannis’ gifts of truth-reading and her ability to mind-speak birds and animals already outshone her own and had not yet grown into their full strength. But the girl needed other skills that would help her use her gifts to their full potential; how to dampen the press that would drive her mad otherwise, how to deal with persons of influence diplomatically and how to handle unwelcome questions from those whose problems were too small for Earth to be concerned with.
Liannis did not look forward to leaving her peaceful home but she understood its necessity. Already, she found it hard to control the barrage that assaulted her senses, and this would only increase. But at least the summers would still be spent here at home.
Liannis smiled, as she sensed her father reach for her mother and lay his sleeping arm across her waist. Earth had given her special parents. She knew they would never have another child. Seers were always only daughters. Earth never burdened a seer with siblings, as they matured too quickly and felt the emotions of those around them too keenly, to thrive in larger families. They needed a serene environment in which their gifts could grow without constraint.
She dreamily pulled a blade of grass from the sod to chew. Then, stroking No-tail one last time, she smiled to herself, content, climbed down and went to her bed in the loft.
All to often we take those around us for granted. We leave too much space between us and communication flies out of the window. Then one day we wake up to find that person gone, never to feel the sunshine on their face, the breeze blowing through their hair. It is now too late. I am guilty of leaving too much space between myself and Rick. He is gone and the world seems like a shadow without him in it. Rick was my graphic artist, who became my friend, my confidant and a person close to my heart. Today I give tribute to the man and his work, I will miss him terribly. This is only a small portion of his work.
Good bye my friend
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A few folks have asked me if I made up the fighting bracelets (cuffs) that my desert warrior princess handles with precision. Although the bracelets below are 20th century Saharan, the ones Hafina wears are 15th century. Now that is one girl who will make you think twice.
I’m terrible with graphics. I did try to isolate the cuffs, but to no avail. It is the upper left corner. The sheath is removed prior to engagement exposing deadly blades. In the 15th century, the tips were dipped in poison.
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Local YA Fantasy Author To Hold Book Signing
Johnson City, N.Y. June 23, 2014 Come join YA old world fantasy author Aron Joice for her book signing at Your Home Public Library, 107 Main St., Johnson City, N.Y. July 11, 2014 from 1-4 pm. Ms. Joice will introduce her first two books in The Lost Children of Managrail Trilogy, The Rising Book 1 and Vanished Book 2.
“I am blessed to be able to share my worlds with readers both young and mature.”
The Utopian society of Managrail has lost its young king, and Queen Raina must raise their twins, the impetuous Lila, and her sullen brother Simian alone. No one could know that one of Lila’s demands will change the lands forever. Armed with magic talismans the Light Bringers, they will face challenges beyond their imaginations. Privilege won’t save them from death, nor will it save them from a journey of love and betrayal that will last two years. A magic war is on the horizon, and all the tribes will unite for one last time to stand against the Sorceress Shantra from the White Realm. With Lila’s help Shantra hopes to break free from her frozen prison of one hundred years. Little does anyone realize that the Light Bringers hold their own secret plan.
5.0 out of 5 stars This writer is on a par with J.K Rowling, January 23, 2013
Mrs Tina Britt (Wales)
I could see this book as a fantasy film for children and adults alike, and it was a pleasure to review it. Aron Joice, I believe, has a skillful imagination, on a par with writers such as Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter).
Aron Joice worked in orphan relief in Eastern Europe, and spent many years in animal rescue and rehabilitation. Anyone interested in finding out more about Aron Joice can find her at www.aronjoice.com www.facebook.com/Aronjoiceyafantasy
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