Warmth for winter, and fire for darkness. Though the earth feeds us, now it has awakened, with an quenchable hunger. – Nancy Hightower, Elementari Rising
From the back cover:
Winter is a predator, taking villages one at a time, leaving the people either half mad or dead.
For thousands of years, the Elementarí—spirits of the elements— have slept peacefully under the watchful eye of the Terakhein, a guardian tribe that protects them. But now that the Elementarí have started to awaken, the Terakhein are nowhere to be found.
In Gaelastad, where the trees never die, eighteen-year-old Jonathan is haunted by dreams of a little girl: the last of the Terakhein. Fleeing from enemies across treacherous lands, Jonathan must survive and find the girl. Fortunately, help comes in the form of Bryn, a terrible fire spirit, and Morgan, the most beautiful—and deadly—of water spirits. But are they strong enough to give him the time he needs to find the missing girl and stop the tide of destruction?
Illustration for ELEMENTARI RISING by Galen Dara
*STARRED REVIEW* “Interesting characters and an unusual world of deathless trees and common folk who are more than they seem make this a winner for fans of epic fantasy. With elements that should appeal to readers who enjoy Terry Brooks’s ‘Shannara’ series and fans of weird fantasy.” – Library Journal
“Nancy Hightower has created a vivid and compelling world where Nature is fighting back against humanity’s transgressions. Elementarí Rising is a story about sacrifice, friendship, and self-discovery; and I loved getting entangled in its magic.” – Valya Dudycz Lupescu, author of The Silence of Trees
Illustration by Galen Dara
About the author:
Nancy Hightower is a speculative fiction author and poet. She has co-authored, along with Carrie Ann Baade, the Cute and Creepy exhibition catalogue, an art book of contemporary macabre and surrealist works.
She has a PhD in literature (creative writing) from the University of Denver, and previously taught the rhetorics of the fantastic, uncanny, and grotesque in art and literature at the University of Colorado.
Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, such as Word Riot, The New York Quarterly, storySouth, Strange Horizons, Bourbon Penn, Prick of the Spindle, Prime Number Magazine, and Danse Macabre, among others. She now resides in New York City.
More information can be found about Nancy on her website.
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