Sixteen-year-old Milas’ sole desire is to be a Hunter. They are the protectors of their village, harnessing ancestral powers to embody the abilities of the forest animals unique to each family. Not to mention, they are all around badasses. But when Milas chooses not to kill a rabbit in the final stage of his trial, he fails the test and is labeled a Gatherer.
After invaders break through the impenetrable Great Forest and attack his village, the Hunters beat them back, but not without amassing a large number of casualties. Worse, Milas’ brother and only family, Aram, never returned from the hunt he set off on just before the attack. The village leadership rule that Milas must remain under watch as the last surviving member of his clan, but he refuses to accept that his brother died. Against their orders, Milas sneaks out into the Great Forest to find his brother.
Now branded a criminal in the eyes of his village, the deadly and fierce Hunters that Milas once respected mark him as prey. But although he failed his trial, Milas inherited the powers of his clan’s rabbit spirit and has kept them hidden. The Hunters will stop at nothing to find him and he will stop at nothing to save his brother. And there is no telling what dangers the Great Forest has in store for them all.
[Title of Book] is a YA Fantasy novel complete at 82,000 words. It would appeal to fans of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s THE HUNTER AND THE WOLF and Naomi Novak’s UPROOTED. I am a Lebanese-American graduate student living in the Boston area. My novel explores the clash between culture and globalism influenced by my studies in Chinese and Middle Eastern Politics.