Hunger drove her from home. Invasion from his. They are the last Ilmar, naked savages . . . Heroes.
City by the Sea: To save her family from starvation, Thelana goes in search of civilization. In the city of Hedonia, she is forced to live in the slums, stealing to survive. But when a star falls to the One Sea, flooding the populace, she and Xandr---the only other of her people---will fight man and monster alike to get out alive.
The Serpent’s Eye: When Xandr is poisoned by snake man venom, Thelana crosses into the West, where the days grow longer and hotter. As the man she loves clings to life, she discovers that their only salvation is a desert ruin, a relic from their past and future.
Flesh and Steel: Accused of witchcraft for talking to ravens, Emma is banished from her city and sold as a slave. But after a chance encounter with Xandr and Thelana, the timid young girl embarks on an adventure to reach the peak of Mount Strom in an effort to save the world.
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The Prologue: Thelana is far from the home and family she knew in Ilmarinen, and she can never return. Trusting in her skills as an archer to hunt and fend off predators, she struggles for survival. In the deep of the Wildwood, she discovers an ancient, forgotten city, and strange humans who cover their bodies in something called clothing.
Chapter 1: A Compass for Miseries: After ten years of wandering, Xandr believes he is the last of the Ilmar. Ouranos, an old winged friend, convinces him that there may be more to his future than sulking in the swamp. Hedonia, the City by the Sea, is under siege, and only Xandr can aid them.
Chapter 2: Dreams of Ilmarinen: In Ilmarinen, the waking world is inseparable from dreams. On his way to Hedonia, Xandr is haunted by memories of his mentor and the lost paradise that was his home.
Chapter 3: Jewel of the Sea: In Hedonia, Xandr is treated with scorn for his "barbaric" ways. As he travels to meet the High Priest at the Temple of Sargonus, he discovers the human cost of great empires.
Chapter 4: The Secret: Climbing the pyramid wall of the Temple in the dark of eclipse, Thelana prepares to steal the pearl eyes of the Sea God.
Book 3 Chapter 1: Donkey Face: In a crowded mountain city of narrow walls, Emma is utterly alone, but for the ravens she keeps as friends. Her mother is long dead and her father is strange and reclusive. The other children throw rocks at her and call her donkey face.
Book 3 Chapter 2: Through the Gates of the Silver Key: Emma is forbidden from entering her father's private study, but curiosity overtakes her judgment when she finds his silver key.
Book 3 Chapter 3: Fabulous Secrets: What strange and terrible secrets does Emma discover in her father's sanctuary? What is the source of her childhood fears? Can Emma find out before her father comes home?
The Characters: XANDR - THELANA- EMMA- GRIMOSSE
Races of Aenya: Avian - Bogren - Halfman - Horg - Ilmar - Merquid - Septhera
A Brief History of Aenya Timeline
Geography of Aenya
Cosmology of Aenya: The Hayden Planetarium Answers Questions about Aenya: Aenya is uncommon in the fantasy genre in that it follows real world astrophysics. Specifically, it is a moon of the gas giant Infinity. Close proximity to this large planet accounts for the turquoise "moon" Xandr and Thelana can see in the sky. Since one side of their world always faces Infinity, life can be harsh on Aenya. The struggle for survival drives much of the plot and drama in Ages of Aenya. Fortunately, Alejandro Nunez at the Hayden Planetarium helped add credibility to this fictional world by answering my questions about an Aenya-type planet.
Ages of Aenya: The Illustrated Adventure - Journey through this work-in-progress illustrated telling of Ages of Aenya featuring art from fans and freelance professionals gathered from over the past ten years.
About the Author: By six years of age, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. At nine, I convinced my father to take me to DC Comics Headquarters in New York City, to endorse my comic book series, The Red Panther. When I turned fourteen, I sent out query letters for my first novel, Dynotus' Adventures. I later graduated with a BA in English Fiction from the University of South Florida, where I helped as a tutor, ran a fan-fiction site, and worked as a freelance editor. My short story, The Gorgon's Lover, was a finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. For more about my life, please visit my bio page.
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"The Prologue for 'Ages of Aenya' is phenomenal, and it enticed me in something both different and exciting."
"Thelana's struggle makes us care for [this] adventure way too much, more than any other story I've read recently. It fires up our anticipation for the rest to come ... Keep up the good work ..."
"Often times I forget how intimately involved in the world of Aenya I've been. As this point, I feel a degree of genuine love for it's characters. I absolutely love the subtle nuances [which] says so much about her [Thelana] with so little. As you know, I'm a huge fan of minimalist storytelling. The issue of nudity is also brilliantly addressed here. By weaving it into Thelana's thoughts, more than into the physical description of the actions, you make nudity, not sexuality, a clear theme. Masterful storytelling there, man. You should be very proud."
"I like the style of writing and became very curious about the Aenya project. I already like Thelana and definitely feel the urge to know more about her and her world."
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