Hello! This is one of many many many many many attempts at a query. I will gladly critique others' queries in exchange for some feedback on this, or for general advice on writing queries, which I've realized I'm very bad at. Or at least, I get very frustrated with it.
As a magic-wielding healer, Mable has always believed she was born to help, and never to harm.
But in the kingdom of Aberagan, magic is forbidden and branded as witchcraft.
A refugee in the hidden healer-village of Winnia, Mable has spent the last few years of her life rescuing healer children from being killed in the nearby castle city. With groups of murderous townsfolk and royal guards patrolling the streets in search of witches, it’s dangerous work. Mable has witnessed with her own eyes many acts of terror against her kind. But this secret practice of gathering refugees has kept them united against those who wish to see them gone.
During her travels to the city, Mable gains an ally with ties to the royal family. Little does she know, he’s got a thirst for vengeance after a recent betrayal. He needs some help only her people could possibly provide him - with the added power of their magic, potentially any enemy could be defeated. Before he can earn her trust, however, Mable cannot reveal her true identity as a healer, a certain death sentence if heard by the wrong ears. In the meantime, she will do anything else to earn his favor.
When they learn of Mable’s newfound pathway into the castle, the Winnians present her with a mission involving the most horrific offense a healer knows: murder. She knows change cannot come without death, and she knows there are lower nobility who would help them if given the chance. Still, it troubles her to act as the monster Aberagan believes she is. If she fails her mission, if she trusts or betrays the wrong person while meddling in the nobles’ business, war could be upon them.
THE OUTSKIRTS OF FERNWOOD is a 113,000 word fantasy novel with series potential.
Thank you for your time and consideration.