Beings with magic in their blood have lived incognito amidst humans for time immemorial. They call themselves the Chosen – in the belief that they’ve been plucked from the human population to be bestowed with the gift of magic. Torn apart by rifts and feuds, they defy all attempts to unify them. Until a mysterious plot from the past, hatched by an ambitious and ruthless Wizard and tied to a seemingly innocuous prophecy, seeks to exploit their differences and deepen the schisms that exist between the factions. As the Chosen awaken to the grave danger that threatens their world, they will have to forget old norms, traditions and feuds to work with each other if they are to successfully survive this threat to their way of life.
The Chosen are divided into four broad factions – based loosely on the type of power they command. Wizards with their almost normal powers, for want of a better expression, are closest to their near cousins, the humans. They tend to look down upon other Chosen, except for the Ancients who they revere and try to emulate. Shape-shifters possess a beast form they can shift into and their magic is more ephemeral but their physical strength and superhuman senses make other Chosen wary of tangling with them. Their beast counterparts influence the Shifters at an elemental level. They are territorial, paranoid, aggressive, tend to keep to themselves and are loyal to their Packs. Vampires are the Undead and tend to stay isolated within their own kind. Their lives are governed by social standing, their elaborate customs and hierarchical nests. Most Chosen look upon the Vampires as an abomination. The Ancients refer to themselves as the First Ones for they are believed to be the descendants of the first Magicks to ever walk the earth. They are the Chosen with the most diverse range of powers and they tend to form loose collectives to govern and police themselves.
Interwoven into this saga of the Chosen is the tale of Tasia Armstrong, whose circumstances have forced her to eke out an existence on the fringes of Chosen society. When a fateful decision forces her out of the shadows and into a volatile alliance with the local Shifter Pack in San Francisco, she must fight to guard her secrets, navigate the politics within the Pack, cohabit with aggressive and volatile Shifters and reach an understanding with the enigmatic and formidable Alpha Protector whose command brings his Pack to her aid when she stumbles. When the Pack is tasked with investigating the nascent threat to the Chosen, Tasia’s special talents prove essential to solving the riddle. As the investigation draws Tasia deeper into a past where her own deadly secrets are threatened, she must decide who to trust as danger stalks ever closer to her.
Can Tasia survive a perilous world of powerful beings and shifting alliances where danger stalks her every footstep?
Can the Chosen survive a ruthless wizard who will stop at nothing in her hunger for glory and power …
#urban #fantasy #paranormal #epic
#adventure #mystery #romance
A naive wizard with a kitty of deadly secrets. A formidable and enigmatic Shifter Alpha with a ruthless streak and a dislike for Spell Casters. A divided people who resist all efforts to unite them. A mysterious prophecy wielded with deadly precision by a scheming and power-hungry Chosen to divide her own people. A cut-throat world full of high-stakes politicking as factions of wizards, Shape-shifters, vampires and Ancients vie for power and influence over their kind.
Saga of the Chosen is a rollicking urban fantasy epic of one girl’s journey in a dangerous world where friend and foe are often separated by a thin line and no one is as they seem, interwoven through the unfolding story of her people, the Chosen, as they hurtle towards a destiny that will force them to confront centuries-old dogma and traditions if they are to survive as a people. Intrigue, action, mystery and adventure abound in this paranormal fantasy tale with a dash of romance sprinkled in.
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Tasia Armstrong is a very special Chosen, one forced by circumstances to conceal her powers from her brethren. She hides in plain sight from her kind, as an unremarkable wizard in San Francisco who works dead-end jobs to make ends meet. Then one night, she makes the fateful decision to assist an injured Shape-shifter. Suddenly, Tasia finds herself forced out of the shadows, an unwitting pawn in the ongoing skirmish between rogue Shifters encroaching on Pack turf and the local Shifter Pack led by a formidable and dangerous Alpha Protector. Catapulted abruptly into a life amidst volatile and aggressive Shifters, Tasia has little time to learn the complex rules of a Pack as she grapples to deal with the enigmatic Alpha who holds his fractious Pack together with a ruthless hand on its reins.
Grave danger threatens their world as a powerful wizard exploits an old prophecy to make an audacious grab for power. When the Pack is asked to examine a twenty-five year old mystery, Tasia’s special brand of magic proves essential to cracking its riddle. Tasia is slowly drawn deeper into the investigation and risks raising the suspicions of the very Chosen she hides from. As danger closes in on her, Tasia must decide who to trust with the deadly secrets she guards.
Saga of the Chosen
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Magicks, beings with magic in their blood, have lived incognito amidst humans for time immemorial. They call themselves the Chosen, believing that they have been bestowed with special powers to set them apart. The Chosen organize themselves into four factions, based on their brand of magic – the First Ones or Ancients, Wyrs known in the vernacular as Shape-shifters, Wizards and the Undead, also known as Vampires, Blutsaugers or collectively as the Clan. The four factions keep to themselves, are responsible for policing their own, object vociferously to outside interference and follow their individual and contrasting traditions, customs and rules cobbled together over centuries of existence. The only thread to hold all factions together is an absolute belief and adherence to the Supreme Edit.
The Council of Chosen
The CoC was created twenty-five years ago as a forum to foster communication, co-operation, understanding and unity between the factions. Meant to usher in a new era of co-operation between Chosen, the Council comprises of four representatives, one from each faction. Faoladh represents the Wyrs, the First Wizard her brethren, ElThor his First Ones, while the Vampires have a complicated system whereby the Masters of their illustrious Pure Blood Families rotate as representatives to represent the Clan.
WIZARD Guardian Council
The elites of the Wizard world, the Guardians are responsible for policing and protecting their kind. For centuries, this responsibility rested solely with the Guardians. However, since the advent of the CoC, the WGC has been forced to share the responsibility with the First Wizard. This has led to a faction of Guardians being locked in an escalating power struggle with the First Wizard.
The Chosen with the most conventional form of magic. The inherent magic in a Wizard is represented on a Magic Level scale. At the local level, Wizard Registries in cities handle the day to day affairs of Wizards. At the global level, Wizard concerns are handled by the WGC and the First Wizard.
The Chosen who possess a beast form, in addition to their human one. Organized into Packs with clearly demarcated territories, each Pack is led by an Alpha Protector. A Pack is usually a collection of smaller were-packs, each led by a Were-Alpha. A Wyr’s power is derived from his physical attributes. Possessed of phenomenal strength, jacked-up senses and the ability to heal from almost any injury, they are territorial, aggressive, unpredictable and paranoid, preferring to keep to their packs.
The Chosen with the oldest magic. Also known as the Ancients, they are the descendants of the very first Chosen to walk the earth. Most Ancients primarily consider themselves to be custodians of their illustrious heritage. They are also the most disparate Chosen faction, with vastly differing powers and abilities. As they have for centuries, the various groups of First Ones continue their ancient traditions and customs, to pass the old ways down to their descendants, reluctant to dilute their legacy, in any way or form. Enigmatic and driven to preserve the old magic of their ancestors, they tend to keep their distance from the cut-throat politicking of the Chosen world.
Organized in a hierarchical command structure, with a handful of Pure Blood Masters at the top of the food chain, they keep to themselves and away from other Chosen. The Undead are hard to kill and live a long life, but otherwise possess little magic when compared to other Chosen. Most Chosen do not regard Vampires as their brethren and some look upon them as an abomination.
A mysterious Wizard in an uneasy and unusual alliance with the Northern California Shifter Pack. Her bargain with the Alpha Protector safeguards her cover, secrets and abilities. In return, she helps with their investigation into the past and eschews the use of magic.
The powerful, enigmatic and formidable Alpha Protector of the Northern California Shifter Pack. Cold, hard to ruffle, distant, and reserved, he makes for a very bad enemy and makes no bones about his dislike of Wizards.
The preeminent Wyr of his time, he’s the Alpha of all Alphas. Of Irish ancestry, he believes that the continued existence of the Chosen rests on greater unity and co-operation. Also responsible for the advent of the CoC after a decades-long effort.
A powerful Guardian and contender for First Wizard, she was believed to have died in an explosion at the Wizard Registry in Chicago. Responsible for pulling the strings from behind the scenes in a power grab over the Chosen, based on The Prophecy.
Hawk Manotti : The Shifter responsible for befriending and bringing Tasia into his Pack. Second in the totem pole of his were-pack, with a complicated heritage.
Sara Manotti : Hawk’s twin and a reluctant Shifter.
Duncan Hawthorne : An influential English Were-Alpha with the Alpha’s ear.
Luis Beltran : A taciturn Were-Alpha trusted by his Alpha. Was once led by Hawk and Sara’s father, Stefano Manotti.
Atsá : A highly respected Were-Alpha, with Navajo heritage, he is Hawk and Sara’s estranged maternal grandfather.
Maartje : An influential Were-Alpha and Atsá’s ally. Her grandmotherly looks belie her political acumen.
Elisabetta De Luca : A beautiful Were-Alpha with a sharp tongue who has her eye on the Alpha.
Stefan Simeonov : A handsome Were-Alpha, with bright blue eyes, who makes Tasia wary.
Owen O’Brien : A Were-Alpha.
Justin Markham : A Shifter with a history with both Sara and Tasia.
Evgeny : One of Tasia’s Shifter bodyguards, the young Shifter is friendly with her.
Joaquim : Tasia’s second Shifter bodyguard, he is older and more taciturn.
Caroline Hamilton : Tasia’s friend and a powerful Wizard in her own right.
Sienna McAlister : The daughter of Lady Bethesda and the Oracle, she walked away from her heritage to make a life away from the Wizards. Offered sanctuary in the Pack Lair by the Alpha, she works with the team investigating the past and her mother. Like her father, she is a seer who has had visions that involve Tasia. The visions have only been shared with Jason LaRue.
Jason LaRue : A Guardian hand-picked by the First Wizard to liaison with the Shifters investigating Lady Bethesda. He’s also responsible for Sienna’s protection. The son of two Guardians who perished in the explosion in Chicago, he’s an old acquaintance of Sienna’s from high school and is the only one aware of Sienna’s vision.
Lady Esmeralda : An ex-Guardian, she defeated Lady Bethesda and now represents her brethren on the Council of Chosen.
David Hamilton : Caroline’s father and the ranking wizard in San Francisco.
Scott McAlister : An influential Guardian and husband of Lady Bethesda, he’s a respected seer known as the Oracle. One of the contingent of Guardians sent to Chicago to question Lady Bethesda, he was killed by the explosion at the Registry. His many predictions include the Council of Chosen and The Prophecy.
Gabriel Azevedo : A Guardian who defected from the WGC to work with the same Lombardi Vampires now allied with Lady Bethesda. He is believed to have been killed by the Clan when he rejected them to run away with one of their prisoners.
Ted Anderson : A Guardian responsible for unleashing Shifter mercenaries to terrorize low level Wizards in San Francisco, as a means to ferret out a Chosen. He was once best mate to the erstwhile Gabriel Azevedo and the Alpha suspects that the Wizard Anderson seeks is Tasia.
ElThor : Represents the First Ones on the Council of Chosen. His moniker means The First One, in the Ancient tongue.
TorElnor : A First One who leads the Setik in North America.
Roman Durovic : Handpicked by TorElnor to be his successor, Roman gets involved with the investigation into Lady Bethesda. Due to his missteps with her, he also has a prickly relationship with Nandini.
Nandini Rathore : The daughter of Lady Bethesda and her second husband, the Indian First One, Tribhuvan Rathore. She’s believed to be the second daughter from The Prophecy.
Tribhuvan Rathore : A powerful First One and leader of a mystical sect believed to worship and receive their powers from a Snake God. Their group, referred to as the Kabila, is headquartered in Nagalok at the foothills of the Himalayas in India.
Mahen Rathore : Nandini’s twin and heir to the Kabila.
Franciszka : The Mistress of the local Vampire nest in San Francisco. She has a relationship with the Alpha and his Pack, but not the other local Chosen factions in her city.
Rafaelo Bianchi : A shrewd, canny and ruthless Vampire who serves Lady Bethesda, at the command of his Master, the Pure Blood who leads the Lombardi Family in Venice.