Ascension of Peary revisited

It occurs to me that I haven’t really categorized Ascension of Peary or who it is aimed at in any way for my readers. I call it a mid-grade/YA hybrid, since it is aimed at those between 6th and 12th grades, and I know the latter are targeted by YA these days. It is a fantasy, a coming-of-age story, with epic dimensions since it involves a conspiracy against the emperor of a vast empire. The tools of war tend to be swords and magic, with the latter usually prevailing. Since the heroine is a 17-year-old girl and her skill is magical, that certainly colors the nature of the battles.

There are witches and wizards, demons and scholars, lords and ladies, and everyday people, something for everyone. My younger beta readers (at the lower end of the age group) are very excited about it and one reports that it is “Awesome!” If you know of any younger folk in the age groups mentioned who love fantasy, I sincerely hope that you will offer this book to them. I even know some adults who like it!

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