Title: BANEWIND Author: M.B. Chapman Publisher: Light Messages / Torchflame Books Pages: 268 Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Fiction
Almost two weeks ago I was just a normal girl getting ready to start my senior year of high school, deciding where I wanted my life to go. And now? I’ve kissed a boy. I’ve been to another world. I’ve seen death. And I don’t know what my life’s become.
Banewind tells the spellbinding story of 18-year-old Genevieve DeWinter, a typical high school girl who finds herself entangled in the throes of adventure, romance, and survival after discovering the existence of a group of magical beings known as Formulists and their co-existing world, Banewind.
With the arrival of several mages in her hometown of Parma, Ohio, Genevieve soon learns that these extraordinary secrets are rooted deep within her family’s history when it is revealed her deceased mother was a heroic warrior in a long lineage of female protectors called the Holy Guardian. Now, a vengeful group of Formulists known as the Voidweavers have returned and set their sights on Genevieve, believing she might be the next Holy Guardian and the key to awakening their fallen leader, the Void King, who had been destroyed by Genevieve’s mother when she sacrificed herself a decade earlier to save Banewind and all of humanity from an unthinkable evil.
With the help of new allies, Genevieve must fight to stay alive as she unravels the mystery and danger that have shattered the stability of the life she once knew before the Voidweavers succeed in shadowing the world in chaos and darkness once again.
Now that he’s in better
light, I can get a good view of him. I’m right on the age part—he’s probably
eighteen or nineteen—and he’s very attractive. He has black hair that swoops over
the side of his forehead, and blue eyes that are sparkling like sapphires. His
face is beautiful, with high-set cheekbones and a slender nose. His skin is
pale and ashen, but it suits him well. And his body appears fit beneath the
turquoise track jacket and matching track pants he wears. “Want me to help you
look for him?” He takes another step toward me. “It’s okay. Thanks.” I back up.
“You don’t have to do that.” “I don’t mind.” He stares at me with a wolfish
grin, and I feel as though his blue eyes are piercing through my body. “It
really isn’t smart for you to be out here alone.” “What about you?” I snap
back. “I mean, really. A girl can’t spend her time alone in the woods, but it’s
perfectly acceptable for a boy?” His eyes widen in surprise. “I-I guess you
make a good point.” He bites his lips. They have a blue tint to them. “What’s
your name?” “Genevieve.” Can he tell I’m caught off-guard? “I’m Scythe. Nice to
meet you.” We both stand there in awkward silence. “Okay. Well, I’m going to go
find my dog. Take care.” “Wait.” He jerks his hand towards me. “Why don’t you
stay here, and I’ll go find the dog and bring him back to you.” He looks proud
of himself for suggesting this. “If not, you might get lost.” “These woods
aren’t that big. I’ll be fine.” I’m beginning to get agitated with this punk.
“I appreciate you offering to help. But seriously, I’m just going to—” The tree
behind Scythe explodes into thousands of splinters, crackling while the red
blaze ascends to the top. As I fall to the ground, I see him bound to the left
and roll behind a hollowed trunk, taking cover from the hissing flames. The
clearing illuminates with a fiery orange light as the trunk bursts into dancing
embers. I cover my eyes, blinded by the fire’s brightness as it continues to engulf
the shrubbery around me. My face is drenched in sweat, and my breathing is
swift and shallow. Up and down, up and down, up and down. My chest rises and
falls so fast I’m afraid I’ll pass out if I don’t get myself under control.
Another explosion. I cover my ears and scream. I drag myself over to a stump
and hide behind it, scanning the clearing to see what has become of the boy.
About twenty feet from me, his body lies sprawled out, with flames flickering
just inches from his clothes. A nearby tree explodes and falls to the ground,
revealing a figure in a hooded red cloak standing in its place.
“This story has a great mix of fantasy and young adult romance. Love the strong female protagonist at the center of the story! It is like Harry Potter, but with a unique, imaginative world all its own. There is a rich backstory of the fantasy land woven throughout the book that makes me excited for future books by this author!”
— Amazon Reviewer
“I think this could be the next big thing. I would love to see this made into a movie or tv show. The story is intriguing, the characters easy to imagine, and the writing is great. Super easy read and kept me invested the entire time! Ready for book 2!”
— Amazon Reviewer
I don’t think this is a series but it sure could be! The mixture it has sets this into a good read! Especially if you are snowed in. Well written and thought out plot and characters! Very interesting read that you will find yourself completely drawn in and lost from the reality of life!
Matt Chapman grew up outside of Cleveland and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he is completing his residency in Psychiatric medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine where he obtained his MD and a graduate of Saint Louis University where he majored in Biology.
Matt has had a passion for writing and reading since childhood and continues to find time for these interests among his other pursuits, including medical education and leadership studies. He is currently working on his next novel in The Banewind Series.
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