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DAUGHTER OF FURY (Adult Fantasy)

Title:

Daughter of Fury

Author:

Suzanne Samin

Genre:

Adult Fantasy

Word Count:

108,000 words

Query:

Rhea has been told since birth that she is a descendant of the goddess Jua, capable of manipulating the world around her and destined to do something heroic. If drunkenly trying to kill a man in a bar fight is considered “capable,” and “heroic,” then she’s doing just great.

When Liga, the woman she loves, is snatched from their bed in the middle of the night, Rhea’s life crumbles. Fast forward to the wrong person seeing her fist meet the jaw of a woodsman at the local watering hole, and Rhea finds herself behind the cold iron bars of a prison cell. While the Elders want to confine her, her tribe’s councilman to the King has other plans. Argos needs a new bodyguard, and Rhea sees her chance for dignified, sober redemption.

But it’s not all sword-swinging and adventure. The people beyond the Southlands think of Rhea and Argos as savages and insult their people at every turn. In order to overcome their country’s nobility dismissing their pleas for help with the mysterious kidnappings that haunt their tribe and to outsmart the assassins that target them, Rhea must learn not only what her powers really are, but also the delicate art of subterfuge.

With the list of missing growing nearly every day, and many of them children, it’s no longer about just those Argos and Rhea have lost. When they finally learn the truth, the two face an impossible choice that may spark a civil war, if the rats don’t kill them first. Treachery lurks around every corner, and while the flames of love and revolution tangle, the plague of hatred inches closer to their hearts.

DAUGHTER OF FURY is an adult LGBT epic fantasy complete at 108,000 words. It will appeal to fans of George R. R. Martin and the movie TAKEN. It received 3rd place in RWA’s On The Far Side 2015 contest in the fantasy category. I am a Syrian and Cuban first generation American woman who identifies as bisexual and genderqueer.

First 300 words:

The inside of the prison was disgusting. It was dark, moldy, and wet. Rhea crinkled her nose from the musty smell as they hauled her into the guards’ quarters to sign her name in the ledger and record her crimes. Her head was still pounding from last night’s debauchery, and her eyes glazed over while they leafed through the pages to find a blank spot.
 
That is, until a wall caught her eye. It was covered in sheets of paper, each of them a drawing of a face; their charcoal eyes staring at her not unlike the villagers did just moments earlier — how they gaped in astonishment as the guards dragged her through the streets. She recognized them. They were copies of the missing persons fliers, the ones that had been littering the Southern Quarter for turns now. The guards must have kept a copy of each of them, in case one of them ended up in the cell blocks below. The victims grew more numerous by the season, more and more people going missing in the middle of the night, some even from their own homes. Once they were gone, they never came back. Barely anyone walked alone at night anymore, too afraid of becoming the next.
 
She couldn’t find Liga’s face. But then again, she had disappeared so long ago she was probably buried under the other fliers—lost in a sea of faces with no hope of finding her. She felt her throat tighten.
 
After marking her in the ledger, the guards led her downstairs to the cell block. Each cell contained its own crumpled, defeated body. They gaped at her, likely unable to process what was unfolding before them. One of them, a balding man with three jagged teeth scattered across his gum line, pointed to her head and cackled.

3 Comments

  • We at NineStar Press would be honored to look at this story in its entirety for potential publication. We are always seeking out LGBTQA+ stories that offer something more – an undeniable voice, a character that people can relate to, a story that will engage people. We believe this story may just be one of those. We would be thrilled to assess DAUGHTER OF FURY and hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi Suzanne,
    Rhea seems like a great character! I’d love it if you could email me the manuscript.

  • So much I love about this story. I’d love to see the synopsis and query in the body of the email, with your full MS attached (.doc or .docx) to michelle@inklingsliterary.com

    Please put #WCNV in the subject line with the title of your book.

    Thank you!

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