Almost ready to publish…

For the past four years, I have been writing this novel in between submitting university assessments. Finally, it is almost complete and ready to publish. It has been a long journey and I wanted to share with you some of the things I have been working on and a sneak peek of the blurb:

Book blurb:

Chosen by the gods, Astra and Lumi were born for a great destiny…

If they have the courage to accept it.

In the kingdom of Drasilgard, the ancient and brutal ritual of open succession has kept the peace for many generations… until now. Three heirs, one crown and only the strongest may ascend the throne. Dark whispers of prince Lutin’s disappearance and princess Astra’s assassination reach the Temple that is both Lumi’s prison and home. Seizing the opportunity, prince Sorin declares himself High King but Lumi dreams that Astra lives.  The dreams of this seer child give the people hope and fuel rebellion. Lumi’s dreams of Astra are the only thing standing between Sorin and the crown he longs for. She must be silenced.

The crown, however, is not the only thing at stake. For years the High Kings and Queens of Drasilgard have broken the ancient promises made to the gods weakening the only gateway to the realm of the divine, the Eternal Tree. Without it, divine presence in the mortal world will disappear leaving only darkness and chaos. With the night of the blood moon rapidly approaching and the Eternal Tree growing weaker, Lumi and Astra must fight to survive and protect the future of their land.  In the darkest hours, their strength of spirit will determine the fate of all Drasilgard.

Here are my attempts to illustrate some of the main characters. I do apologize about the child-like drawings, it has been a long time since I have sketched. University assignments and paid work kept getting in the way…must fund the writing obsession…

Luckily for me, I have a talented young cousin studying fine arts who kindly illustrated some characters for me.

It was very interesting for me to see the differences between our drawings – what I imagined Lumi and Astra looked like, compared to how my cousin imagined them from the character descriptions. Here are the more professional looking versions for your enjoyment.

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