J.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She's learning about permaculture gardening and debunking popular myths about food. The rest of the time she reads Robin McKinley and Lois McMaster Bujold, plays boardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and writes stories set in her troll-infested North-lands. Look for her novels and novellas at your favorite bookstore - online or on Main Street.
"Skies of Navarys" is an imaginative science-fiction fantasy that begins when a giant wave threatens to drown the island home of Liliyah Lykos and Mago Mytris. When warned the inhabitants pack their possessions, ready to flee, the children to escape in airships and the adults by sea.
Liliyah and Mago, the children of high-ranking families who certify and engineer the magical energy of the stones , are learning to control their magic either hearing its musicality or as a kinesthetic practitioner sensing it. When they meet Palujon Clisto, an aeromancer little do they suspect he will steal the lodestones, Mago's father's latest invention which will transform life on Navary. The question the children will ask is whether he's using them for his own gain or for the salvation of their people.
This is a short story, well-written and interesting especially for middle-school aged children. The story is thought provoking with messages about trust, and pre-judging people. It's a story that gives a glimpse into family relationships and friendship in an affluent world that depends on magic.
The characters are realistic thirteen years old with all their curiosity, doubts, amiability and daring in the face of adversity. In this story a mystery lies in who's the hero and who's the rogue and thief. Zandro Mytris, Mago's father is quick-tempered, a genius of invention who's struggling with trull-disease, while Palujon Clisto is a friendly, self-assured and brilliant aeromancer who controls the weather routes for the Navarean merchant fleet.
I enjoyed the novella and will look for other science-fiction-fantasy's by this author
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