Focus Friday: Rise of the Faire-Amanti

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By Raine Thomas

The new novel in The Ascendant series comes out on December 14!
Faire-Amanti

That passing thought had her thinking about Vycor and her parents. The Advisor and Guardians were essentially ruling at the palace in her absence while most of the planet believed she was dead. Vycor and Shaya, who had been conducting an illicit affair right under her father’s nose, could be doing any number of horrible things on the other side of the barrier separating the Dark Lands from the rest of the planet, but Kyr was powerless to stop them.

We’ll get through the protections, Kyr, Ty thought, stepping closer to her and caressing her cheek.

She leaned into his touch. How? We’ve been trying for so long. Nothing seems to work.

Don’t get discouraged. We’ve made good use of this time, haven’t we?

He was right, of course. It had taken them longer than anticipated to gather support on this side of the protections. Outcasts were scattered all over the Dark Lands. Those who weren’t being held prisoner in Vycor’s mine weren’t exactly eager to reveal themselves to strangers, and even if they did, they weren’t enthused over the idea of going up against the palace. Seeing as how it was Vycor and his Inquisitors who had gotten most of them cast out in the first place, Kyr understood their reluctance.

She and Ty had decided not to reveal their true identities to Outcasts in an effort to keep news of her survival a secret, so getting support was even more difficult. They were making headway, though. It was nice to know they had some allies now.

We’ll find a way to get through, Ty vowed, running his thumb lightly over her lower lip.

The caress made her forget about her troubles. Her gaze moved to his mouth, which turned up at the corners. He leaned down, and she rose on her toes to meet him halfway.

Geez. Can’t I ever pop in without you two pawing each other?

Kyr returned to the flats of her feet as Sem’s thought broke through the moment. She frowned as she met Ty’s gaze. They weren’t due to “chat” with Sem yet that day.

This couldn’t wait, Sem explained. I just got back from spying on another rendezvous between Shaya and Vycor.

Kyr’s eyes widened as she grasped Ty’s forearm. Her worry over Sem was bad enough when he was merely pretending to still be under Vycor’s influence so he could gather intel from within the palace. But this…

Sem, Ty thought warningly. We told you not to risk that.

Yeah, yeah. I was getting bored. I haven’t gotten you any new useful information in days. I had to do something.

Ty sighed. What did you find out?

The V’larians are still on Alametria.

Kyr’s brow wrinkled in puzzlement. She felt Ty’s concern, too. The V’larian ambassadors, Telad and Ravina, had gone back to their planet before Ty was banished to the Dark Lands.

I figured since you mentioned seeing some V’larian weaponry and supplies out there in the Dark Lands that you’d want to know, Sem conveyed.

Why would the V’larians return here so soon? Kyr wondered.

That’s the thing, Sem replied. I don’t think they ever left.

About Rise of the Faire-Amanti

This is a New Adult novel recommended for ages 17+.

Stranded in the desolate Dark Lands, Kyr and Ty share a bittersweet reunion. Alametria lies on the brink of darkness. Their people are still reeling, believing she’s dead at Ty’s hands. With no other choice, many have turned to the Guardians and Advisor Vycor for guidance, never suspecting they’re being led to slaughter.

Kyr and Ty encounter overwhelming challenges in their fight to save their people: a deadly environment, murderous Marauders, and powerful protections preventing them from reaching the palace. When the journey itself could mean their deaths, the one thing that keeps them going is the thought of bringing VycorDane to justice.

Facing a battle on multiple fronts, lacking resources, and significantly outnumbered, Kyr and Ty must rely on each other in the race to save their planet. Will they beat the odds and restore peace to Alametria…or will Vycor’s evil destroy them all?

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About the author

Raine-Thomas-Headshot-small-233x300Raine Thomas is the bestselling author of an award-winning series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane. She became truly passionate about writing when one of her stories took an Honorable Mention in a fourth-grade writing competition (who would have thought a story about a dancing spider would garner so much attention?). Carrying that passion with her, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Georgia State University, then her master’s degree in Humanities from Central Michigan University.

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