The Beast Chaser
Intended Audience: Young Adult
Length: 50,000-100,000 Words, Around 50 Chapters
Summary (Less Than 500 Words)
A monster attacks Sonya’s home and she misses a shot with her bow that could’ve saved her fiance. She flees to Ceran with her animal companion, Leeka, to start fresh.
In Ceran, Sonya befriends Wolfe. He shows her around and tells her about Chasers - people who hunt monsters to make a living. Sonya learns being a Chaser is the only good way to make money in Ceran and that Wolfe once dreamt of becoming a Chaser.
Sonya meets Zairen - a Chaser with an animal companion named Shade that bonds with Leeka - and Zairen encourages her to join a Chaser tournament. He offers her money to buy a new bow and armor. Wolfe encourages her to join but tells her to be cautious because lately monsters have been “strange.” Sonya declines the call to adventure.
Sonya stays in an inn and bonds with Cirie, who notices Sonya is lonely, and suggests she should try to move on after the loss of her fiance. Sonya runs into Zairen in the woods and struggles with her attraction to him, but feels guilty and denies her feelings for him.
Sonya tells Wolfe he should become a Chaser and he gets upset with her. Cirie explains Wolfe’s parents died and he couldn’t protect them, so he’s given up on his dream. Sonya and Wolfe make up and make a deal to move past their tragic histories. Sonya signs up for the Chaser tournament.
Sonya purchases new gear and buys a sword as a gift for Wolfe, inscribed with a message to never give up. She enters the tournament and befriends a fellow hunter named Charce. Sonya struggles with her tendency to break under pressure, but does well in the tournament. She is approached by a wealthy Chaser funder and offered a job: travel the continent with three other Chasers.
Zairen and Charce join the group and they are in need of one more member. Sonya suggests to Wolfe that this is his chance to move on, and he joins the group. They travel across the continent, bonding and defeating fantastical beasts. A messenger arrives and announces Ceran village is under attack by the same beast that destroyed Sonya’s home.
When they return, Ceran is destroyed and Cirie is dead. They chase the monster and Sonya breaks under pressure again, accidentally letting Charce die. Wolfe breaks away from the team, bitter over the loss of Charce and Cirie.
Zairen mentions the monster was acting “strange,” suggests an object that could help defeat the beast, and encourages Sonya to try again.
While fighting the beast again, Zairen’s life is at stake and the outcome relies on Sonya. She lines up the shot, struggles as images of her past fade into her head, calms herself, and takes the shot. This time, she hits it and defeats the monster.
(Epilogue: Years later, Sonya and Zairen wed, Ceran rebuilds, Leeka and Shade have a litter of babies, and Wolfe and Sonya make up. Sonya feels like she’s found “home.”)
Both Sonya and Wolfe have to overcome their past/try again in order to “arc.”
Sonya fully arcs after they lose the fight against the beast and Zairen tells her, “The past isn’t there to torture us, it’s there to make us stronger” to encourage her to try again. When she finally doesn’t break beneath pressure and hits her bow shot, that is her complete arc.
Wolfe arcs when Sonya has the strength to move past her trauma enough to enter the Chaser tournament.
Sonya has a mini-arc by allowing herself to move on romantically (marry Zairen in the Epilogue) after the death of her fiance.
Leeka starts off lonely for another of her kind (she’s a rare species) and arcs when she meets Shade and they bond.
Zairen starts off feeling alienated by the village (everyone is afraid of him because he’s an outlander marked with red hair) but arcs when Sonya, Charce, and Wolfe all grow close to him.
Charce dreams of getting noticed as a Trapper and arcs when he places high in the tournament and is hired by a rich patron.
- Story is set in a unique fantasy world
- All the monsters are original
- Leeka is half sugar glider, half kitten
- I’m currently rewriting/editing this, so there is no better time for feedback! I’d love absolutely any suggestions on both the pitch itself and the story/plot/characters and will try to incorporate all of them!
Thank you in advance for the feedback!