The Gatecaster's Apprentice
by Devon Michael
Hollo always wanted to go out and explore the city, not that she dared… but still… staying inside all the time is bad for a body, even a wooden one. And what's the good of being able to do magic if you can’t even enchant the statues next door to keep you company? Or make the best tea you ever had? Or accidentally turn people into stone…
Hollo has always been different, but now that she’s twelve, she is about to find out that she isn’t just different, she's one-of-a-kind. Once forced to brave the city streets alone, she finally sees magic for what it really is. The golden glow that brought her wooden body to life may be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined, and worst of all, her safe, secret house is losing its light. The clockwork men are coming for her, and soon she will have nowhere left to hide.
"Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman, of the darkest episodes of Doctor Who, of some of the madness of Tim Burton, Devon Michael's Hollo: The Gatecaster's Apprentice is an artfully told, dark, and frightening coming-of-age tale with a twist."
Author of Empire's Daughter
The Hands of the Sea
by Devon Michael
Returning to the land of Thedes, the prequel to "The Gatecaster's Apprentice" takes us back in time to the north-western coast, where a fourteen-year-old Eferee is about to discover a whole world hidden beneath the waves.
"Never enter the ocean at night. The seas can be an angry place, Eferee. We may hunt the water in the daylight, but the nighttime is when the seas belong to the hunters whose home we borrow. Never enter that world. It belongs to the gods of the seas, and men must not go there." –My father always said.
The Discovery of Magic series continues with-
Hollo: Hands of the Sea
by Devon Michael
Season 1: The Dark Entrance to Dawn
The story of a new world explored by its unlikely inheritors: a generation of orphans left behind in the wake of environmental holocaust.
Craye and his friends stand at the forefront of a civilization of orphans who inherit a new Earth... one with fewer rules and larger consequences.
As if that wasn't enough, now a madman is loose in their lands and must be dealt with...
Season 2: Children of the Woods
Season 3: The Warehouse
Season 4: The Empty Fields
Season 5: Winter of the Terraphage
Season 6: The Warden of Elmo
O v e r v i e w
"They were orphans once, in the beginning, when the world caught fire and so many people became lost and abandoned. The young ones were led to a place in the wilderness where towering piles of junk had been left to rust. They made a home there. They made weapons from scraps and clothing from animals while the old world turned to ashes and their tiny new world grew up.
Craye is seventeen. Armor is metal now, weapons are sharper, and survival isn't the question anymore. The question is how can Craye truly protect anyone besides himself.
He always knew there was more to the history of the world than war, but now the more he learns about what is coming next, the more it looks like he won't be able to stop it on his own. Their new world is on the brink of chaos, and it is up to Craye to challenge the age-old biases and prejudices that control them all. Uniting everyone is risky, but even if he should succeed the world is going to change, and anyone who wants to live will have to change with it…"