After finding a note from her deceased mother hinting that her past is a lie, seventeen-year-old human Pheobie has a choice - go through with an arranged marriage to a loathsome man, or flee north to a mythical and dangerous enemy kingdom. Unfortunately, both options are a far cry from the simple life of solitude she had dreamt of. Choosing danger over misery, Pheobie travels to the reviled Jhihari, a winged people that had been exiled after the Great War to the inhospitable northern alps a century before.
At the mercy of the embittered Jhihari king, she narrowly escapes execution, and is banished to survive a winter alone in the alpine wilderness. When she’s rescued and nursed back to health by a handsome young Jhihari named Caleyb, she takes refuge in his village. One night, a mysterious seer reveals to Pheobie that she’s the last of a magical Jhirari bloodline and that she alone can bring salvation to the troubled people in a coming clash between races. Trouble is, Pheobie has never even heard of magic, and is told that to unlock her powers, she must recover an ancient book that’s in human possession.
Not quite human, not quite Jhihari, Pheobie hides her identity and struggles not only to find her place among the Jhihari, but also with the feelings she has grown for Caleyb. When the king resumes his efforts to have her killed, she escapes to journey back to the human lands and begin her search for the book. War is looming, and she can either risk her life for the troubled people she has come to love, or to take the opportunity to start a new life, the one she always wanted, free of any bonds.
OF WINGS is a 95,000 word YA Fantasy with series potential and will appeal to readers of Heather Fawcett’s EVEN THE DARKEST STARS and Rae Carson’s THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNES.