Complete! A human shaman and healer returns from several years with the mysterious shyani, accompanied by her shapeshifting puma best friend. Back in human lands, the question arises: which world does she belong in?
The friend most important to Vixen in her previous life as a male student physician has come into possession of an old shyani book, and the more fanatical shyani and weyres will stop at nothing to reclaim it and punish Jared. Even though it means going back into the lowlands and facing Jared as a woman, she can’t bear to just look the other way. This should be a short visit, just long enough to see the book into the proper hands and make sure Jared will not be killed for having it, and then she can return to the shyani community that has accepted her as their shaman. And, of course, her feline best friend Dayr insists on coming with her.
But Jared is now a Lord, with considerable wealth and power, and his response to her presence isn’t one she expected. A new perspective born of a decade with the shyani collides uncomfortably with old fantasies evolved through two decades of life among humans. As an honoured guest in a highborn house, Vixen finds herself questioning where she belongs: with Dayr and the shyani, who accept her gender without question but have to make allowances for her differences, or with other humans, in the culture she grew up in even though revelation of her past would mean a major scandal?
Trigger warning: A flashback scene includes an unsuccessful suicide attempt.
In a world without magic, gods and their spirit-creatures live little-seen beside the everyday reality of humans. There are both rewards and challenges for those who become the adopted children of the moons, the few who are of the bloodline of the one woman who fled from the rest… and somewhere out there, the ones she fled from…
Five moons rise over Evanir, and each moon is also a god, one of five sisters. Long ago, they worked together to create a lineage of spirit-beings that were not born but transformed by the mingling of blood. They intended them to be long-lived and to draw their strength directly from the light of the moon who chose each individual. The sisters had different goals in mind - one wanted it to be a blessing for scholars and artists, to give them more time and fewer physical distractions; another wanted each to have an animal form, to keep them more in tune with nature so they could serve as guardians of the wilderness.
But, as always, it takes only one person to alter the tone of an entire group and twist it into a new direction… and it takes only one person to rebel, and start something entirely new…
Moonblood is a series of adventures, some only 3 or 4 chapters, some much longer. There are currently 9, totalling over 200K words, being revised for release in three volumes. They tell the story of a core group of people, which grows slowly over time. Our core cast are directly connected to the moons and thus have various abilities.
New chapters Monday and Thursday.
As with all my work, Moonblood has LGBT+ content.