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The Vessel of KalaDene

Refreshingly original, intense and exciting, Shona Kinsella’s Ashael Rising is an impressive debut from a wonderful new voice in fantasy fiction
— Michael Rowley, Fiction Editor and Former Editorial Director of Del Rey UK
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Shona's debut novel, Ashael Rising: the Vessel of KalaDene Book One was published by Unbound in February 2017. It is available for purchase from Amazon and all large book retailers as well as Unbound.

Ashael Rising (Vessel of KalaDene, #1)

 
 

 

A wonderfully constructed novel, epic world building and a fantastic story ... what more can I say?
— Peter Hutchinson, TheGrimDarkFiles

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.
 

 
 

A strong debut that builds on traditional fantasy… fresh, exciting, and interesting
— Alex S Bradshaw, BFS Indie Reviews