The Soul and the Seed (The Kyrennei Series Book One)
It‘s the early twenty-first century in the United States, and on the surface, the world looks much as it does outside your door. But here a terrible truth hides beneath the surface. A power cult can usurp your will and turn you against your family, your friends and your own best interests.
Today’s facade of freedom is a thinly veiled lie. The one percent and their political minions quietly maintain their hegemony through coerced apathy, uniformity and the petty greed of those who want a small piece of the pie.
Once—more than a thousand years ago—there were people who were immune to Addin control of hearts and minds. They were another sub-species, similar to but not exactly the same as humans. Legends around the globe still speak of them—slight people with pointed ears, known by various names and now relegated to farcical fantasy stories. Their true name has been forgotten.
They were the Kyrennei.
A prophecy says they will one day return. The Addin fear it and vow to exterminate the Kyrennei again. But a few stubborn souls, in scattered pockets around the world, still cling to that hope. The Meikans, the descendants of human allies of the Kyrennei, yet exist, though they live under a tyrannical peace treaty with the Addin that has bought their survival at the cost of centuries of silence and passivity. Now those who have kept faith with the ancient gods for a millennium stand at the cusp of a new era--the time of the Seed.
It begins in a large round valley in the mountains of northeastern Oregon. One day Aranka Miko is a student in a small town, navigating the dreary world of consumerism, classes and broken friendships. The next, she's a prisoner, a reviled mutant and not even considered human.
At the same time, a young doctor code-named Kenyen fights with a small band of international outlaws in a clandestine war with impossible odds. His mission is to infiltrate the Addin labs in Idaho where those who carry the genetic code of an ancient non-human race are being studied... and murdered. Their crime is their freedom from mind control.
Kenyen is barely keeping his cover, when the girl Aranka turns up in his lab. She is not like the other young people imprisoned there. For one thing, she can see that he isn’t Addin, even though like most in our uninvolved world she doesn’t know any such thing exists. A careless word from her could destroy the tiny anti-Addin resistance and doom Kenyen’s soul. But she could also bring unimagined hope.
Can one girl hold “the seed,” the first flicker of hope in a millennium? Can she even survive one more day in the labs? Can Kenyen forgive himself for the horrors he's forced to participate in?
No matter. Your world will never be the same again.
Cross urban fantasy with a contemporary dystopia and you get The Soul and the Seed, the opening book of an electrifying new series that you can’t put down. It’s the story of a young woman who doesn’t fit the mold, a band of international freedom fighters in the heart of America and half-forgotten legends coming to life. Constant emotional tension and living, breathing characters make this an unforgettable saga.
"This one grabs you!" --Ember Smith
"I was like you.
Okay, I wasn't a popularity queen but I had some good friends. I lived in a small town. I had a father and a brother.
Then doctors came to school and said I was sick. I woke up in the dark... in a cage. My body had changed. I wasn't sick but I looked different. Not entirely human.
I was there with a few other kids. The doctors said there is evil inside of us. They tried to get us to "submit." We didn't even know what they meant. Then they killed my friend.
There is one doctor who says he's a spy. He wants to help us but I think he might be crazy. He says society as we know it is a facade, that there is a power that usurps peoples' wills. That's why politicians on both sides don't talk about the real issues. That's why some people are on the inside and others always on the outside. And I'm a threat to that power because I'm different.
I don't feel that different... Maybe he will help us. But he'd better hurry. We are dying."