The Relics of Illayan

Relics of Illayan Manuscript Draft April 2020

In the fabled land of Caerlon, two life-long friends must experience love, loss, and betrayal as they unravel the secrets that could bring an end to a centuries-long reign of tyranny.

Growing up together in a small village in the north of Caerlon, Catanya and Diyah share a bond like sisters. Diyah is the last surviving member of a race of legendary healers known as the Heiltúir, which gives her an important calling and a drive to help people. But when Catanya, who has never known her family, begins to exhibit magical powers, the merciless warriors of Caerlon, the Fírkon, begin to hunt her down, and the best friends find themselves embarking on separate journeys of self-discovery.

At 104,000 words, The Relics of Illayan is the first novel in a trilogy exploring a pre-medieval world of fantasy and adventure through the eyes of two young women as they encounter forbidden magic, warring kingdoms, and unexpected allies. This book should appeal to readers of heroic fantasy in the style of Patrick Rothfuss, The Kingkiller Chronicles, and historical fiction similar to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. It’s a story that explores the impact of family and friendship and suggests that the line between good and evil is never as clear as we think.