A small memento, a universal power...
It's the year 2126, post world war V. Leda, age seventeen, bounds through the lush forested region of the Desintor Foothills as a regal, bow - wielding, High - Elf Scout. That is, when she is logged into her favorite MMO game: Renaria.
One crisp fall afternoon, an unseasonal storm fractures the sky of Trinton, New Texas with splinters of emerald lightening and otherworldly songs. Oddly, no one sees the storm except her brother and their guild mate Travis.
She brushes of the event as a fluke, but she can't seem to get the song out of her mind. Suddenly, a new quest appears in her game directing her to the blue sand dunes of the Sinare Desert to meet Caleb, a legendary Elf Diviner.
Now she has a choice: ignore the quest and turn off the game, or dive in and risk everything for a shot at an adventure.
J.L. Wilson's interest in sci-fi, fantasy, and video games grew from years of watching star trek and everything related to magic. wizards, or space travel. During her graduate studies in antropology she focused primarily on humans and their interactions with technology. All kinds! Language, tool, cyborgs, etc. In her debut fantasy novel, Renaria - into the Adyton, she sought out to weave these interests together.
When not writing or reading you can find her in World of Warcraft, FFXIV or the latest MMORPG creating new characters or exploring new quests. She's on Facebook and Twitter and currently lives in Texas with her husband four kids (cats) and a dog.
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Have you ever played a game and thought, "Wow, if only this was real?"
Well, in J.L. Wilson's debut novel Renaria - into the Adyton it is. If you love all things magic and fantasy. You will love this novel.
The time is set in the future Earth after a Worlds War in 2126. After Earth is almost destroyed by what they think is an asteroid. Not only does Earth now have a new day Novusday, But there is now virtual video games. Leda, our main character is seventeen and a High-Elf Scout in her favorite game Renaria. Along with her twin brother Alex a "Sorien" or soldier and guild member Travis a "Prior" or healer. Will be contacted by a fairy like Feon with intructions concerning keeping them safe. They will be led to a fourth member of there chosen team Menaia a "Mage". Together these four will piece together information sent to them revealing, Renaria as a real place. Connected to there world through the video game by the evil Adepts. They travel to Renaria and meet the real Magistrates of the Consortium. This is where they will find out they were chosen to defend Renaria from the Adepts and stop them from stealing a special Ore that fuels terrible weapons, used in the real world Earth. The four team members or "Seons" must decide to stay and fight to protect Renaria and Earth or go home.
This book was such a joy to read. The characters are well developed and I love how time is spent on each character and their own journey and trials they face in Renaria and training. There is reference to a slight romance between Leda and Caleb. I do wish this was a little better developed. Leda has an obvious crush on Caleb and he knows it, as they can read thoughts. At the end Caleb kisses Leda and vows to see her again. I just felt the building of a romance was missing. The thought he's just not that into you crossed my mind as Caleb stops himself anytime he starts to show possible affection for Leda and moves on with his duties. I so hope there is a sequel to this book. I want more of Leda and Caleb. I'm also interested to see how life is after the Seon's or our characters return home. AND.. what a cliff hanger Leda spots her dad coming home. In this novel Leda and Alex's Dad has gone missing and presumed dead. However. Leda is contacted by her dad in the game. He was fully aware of all things Renaria before he went missing and its with his help, through Leda's visions that the Seon's figure out how to get to Renaria and Leda is able to access her abilities. What abilities? Well each of our characters takes on the abilities of there chosen game characters (happy dances). How awesome would that be. I have to say the world building and pure imagination of J.L. Wilson is not only incredible it is refreshing.
So if you are a gamer or a lover of all things fantasy and magic. This is the perfect read for you. Journey with our Seon's to a place of magic and adventure, train with them, and defeat evil.
Enter the world of Renaria.