"In a land teeming with powerful animals, a perpetual war exists between people who share their souls with the creatures and people who enslave them.
Jake never wanted to be like the hunters in his brutish, predatory gathering. When he deserts their traditions by bonding with an animal rather than killing it, he is captured and force-fed a fruit that transforms him into a creature, so his own people can hunt him down. While Jake and his animal companion search for a cure, it's all Jake can do to keep the creature's violent and volatile impulses in check.
Lenjy doggedly sought an animal bond for eight years, but he's completely unprepared for the creature he finds. It carries the ability to shape-steal, which kills an individual and gives Lenjy their appearance. Lenjy's creature also holds a chilling disregard for human life, and is bent on manipulating Lenjy to fulfill its own shadowy agenda. Every time Lenjy shape-steals, he hears whispers from the men his creature slaughtered, and their cruel personalities start to take over.
Both Lenjy and Jake struggle to maintain their humanity while sharing souls with their animal companions. Both are perceived as threats by an organization known as Shadow Claw, which uses enslaved animals to covertly dominate most of the known world. As Jake seeks a cure and Lenjy seeks his creature’s revenge against Shadow Claw, they each must battle Shadow Claw’s arsenal of enslaved creatures, led by men who’ve learned to control the undead souls of their fallen prey.
If Jake and Lenjy succeed, they will liberate men and beasts alike from Shadow Claw's clutches. Their failure would mean the utter annihilation of those who refuse to control and kill.
FUSION (138,000 words) is a standalone work of high fantasy. I am currently studying English at BYU-Idaho, and my hobbies include writing, class, homework, working at Wallmart, and sleep (in that order).
Thank you for your time and consideration
I highly doubt anyone will remember me from 2013, but I was actually pretty active on this site a while back. I went through the query process hardcore as a 16 year old, trying to publish my very first book. I was profusely rejected. After time passed and I gained a bit of objectivity, I realized that I wasn't where I needed to be to publish. So I kept practicing, went on a 2-year volunteer mission to scotland, and grew up. Five books and five years later, here I am, ready to try again.
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"In a world filled with powerful creatures, a perpetual war exists between those who bond with animals and those who enslave them.
When Jake turns against his people’s traditions by bonding with an animal rather than killing it, he barely escapes them with his life. Jake is found and captured, and force-fed a fruit which transforms him into an animal so he can be hunted by his own people. As Jake searches for a cure, he must learn to work with and trust his animal companion.
Lenjy, who finds a bond after fourteen years of searching, ends up falling into his creature’s ploy for revenge against Shadow Claw--an organization dedicated to seizing power by controlling Mythical creatures. Lenjy’s creature teaches him how to kill individuals and absorb their form. To infiltrate Shadow Claw, Lenjy must brave the whispers and dark impulses of the men he overtakes.
Both Lenjy and Jake struggle to hold onto their humanity while sharing souls with their animal companions. Both become steeped in a tremendous struggle against Shadow Claw’s vast array of creatures, led by people who’ve learned how to command the very shadows themselves.
Their success would liberate men and beasts alike. Their failure would mean the utter annihilation of those who refuse to control and kill.
FUSION (138,000 words) is a standalone epic fantasy novel.
Thank you for your time and consideration"