I've got a slightly different post for you today! You may have noticed I haven't been posting book reviews as frequently, and that's because I've gotten myself caught up in the whirlwind excitement that is NaNoWriMo! (Otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month.)
This is my first time trying something quite like this. The basic goal for NaNoWriMo is to write an entire novel in a single month. Talk about ambitious! But I've had this story brewing for a long time, and I decided that there's no time like the present to get it started.
Of course, it's not a real book yet. That cover design is one that I worked up for my Wattpad account. Because that's right . . . While writing up these chapters for NaNo, I'm simultaneously posting them on Wattpad. No pressure, right?
Seriously though, it's been great. I'm getting amazing and helpful feedback from the Wattpad readers as I post, giving me ideas on where and what to refine as I'm writing along. And it's SUPER inspiring to have a small band of readers waiting for my next chapter each day! It's been an absolute joy to pound them out.
Now, if you'd like to know what the book is about, here is the write-up I made for it:
Ayleth di Ferosa has trained all her life to become a venatrix--one of the sacred Order of Saint Evander, dedicated to eradicating fairies from this world, driving them back to the Haunts where they belong. But when her apprenticeship draws to its end, her mistress refuses to let Ayleth present herself before the Council of Evander and become an official member of the Order.
Frustrated, Ayleth sets out from her mistress's borough and journeys into the kingdom of Perrinion, determined to prove herself and her abilities. When the Golden Prince of Perrinion gives her an opportunity to compete for a borough of her own, Ayleth is ready to rise to the challenge--even if that means facing off against Terryn du Balafre, the protégé of the Venator Dominus himself.
But the work of a venatrix is more complicated than Ayleth ever anticipated. When she finds herself on the hunt for a fairy-taken child, she begins to doubt the goodness of the Order and the laws established by the Saint. Can she somehow prove herself worthy of the cause despite these new heretical thoughts? Or will handsome and arrogant Venator Terryn drive her to commit murder before she gets her chance?
If you're at all curious to read my opening you can find it here on Wattpad, under my account name, BookishSylvia. I hope to finish this draft by the end of the month.
And you'll probably be seeing more about The Venatrix here and there on my blog in the future. (Though I'm going to get back to those book reviews next, I promise. I just finished an awesome read that I can hardly wait to tell you about!)