Seventeen-year-old Fay Comyenti has it all: lots of freedom, great parents, a budding romance, and super animal abilities most can only dream of. Only, those powers have to be kept a secret in order for her kind to stay safe. After being rejected by her love interest, Elodyn, Fay leaves her village to do some good with her skills in the world despite the concerns of her comyenti mother and human father.
Zemandu, the last of the tracar people has been following Fay from a distance for a good reason. The demoness is dying. Attracted by the girl’s altruistic mission, her abilities, and her benevolent energy, she sees Fay as her last hope.
When Fay and Zemandu — two powerful women of a very different nature, yet both the last of their kind — cross paths, they’ll forever change the course of humanity, but at what cost?
Will Fay risk losing her heart and her innate empathy to the tracar– the very characteristics what makes her a comyenti in the first place –without jeopardising her vital mission?
Follow Fay and Zemandu in this suspenseful, romantic, yet dramatic YA novel which is a full length standalone spin-off story from the popular Comyenti Series.
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I had the good fortune to ask Natasja a couple of questions about her new release!
Why did you want to write this book, specifically?
I specifically wanted to write this book because of a gap in the market. It might appear to be a small niche it being lesfic fantasy, but the audience could actually be quite broad as I feel many could enjoy this story. I felt it was needed and as an author I had no other choice than to write this story, because it wouldn’t leave me alone. There are no other books written with a female, half- alien (to be precise: quarter-alien), who is also a lesbian and empath, and a superhero with very special powers for (young) adults who saves non-human animals. None. I mean, there are plenty of comics and books with superheroes, even for small kids, but there were no other books out there like mine, who not only combine a seemingly light-hearted story with something more meaningful.
What do you like best about it?
Personally, I liked writing when Fay meets the mysterious Zemandu best and everything that follows after that. They are complete opposites, yet find themselves entangled to each other for various reasons. I loved their conversations and the changes that both women go through over the course of the story were great fun to write about.
Can you tell the readers something about Quarterling that they might not know just from reading the book?
The main character, Fay Comyenti, is a side-character in one of my other books, Chained Freedom, which is set at a later date, a sequel as such, even though I had already written that one before Quarterling. I wanted to explore her character and personality. And she is Sula’s first born who is the first character I had ever written about in the Comyenti Series. Quarterling is a spin-off from this series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.
In ten words or less, tell us why we should buy this book?
It’s different, witty, thought-provoking, adventurous, courageous, altruistic, sexy, and with strong characters.
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