by Jennifer Jenkins
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.
Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.
He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”
As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.
But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.
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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
Visit her online at jajenkins.com
So happy to be here! Thanks for having me!
In the CLANLESS there are four different ethnic groups who live in a remote region of the world. The whole concept for this series came from my love of history and exploring different cultures.
In college I took the most fascinating Greek History course, which included an in-depth study of Ancient Sparta. I’d always wondered about the personal histories of both the Spartan people and their slaves (called helots). Most books ideas find roots in “What If?” questions, and the Nameless Series was no different. I wondered, “What if a Spartan warrior fell in love with a helot?” And then that idea/question grew to, “What if I included multiple cultures throughout history to live in a fictional setting?”
In the book CLANLESS, we spend a lot of time with the Raven Clan which was greatly inspired by the ingenuity of early Native Americans and a trip I took to Muir Woods in the Pacific Northwest a few years ago. You’ll see a lot of giant redwoods in this book, as well as unique burial rituals and ceremonies inspired by native customs. We also get to see a little Polynesian influence with the Kodiak Clan in the form of blood oaths and intimidation practices.
Other elements that inspired CLANLESS were subtler. For example, Joshua’s character was inspired by my nephew, Kyler, and traits of other people in my life are seen in other characters in the book. As with any author, I am the sum total of my experiences and it is from that well of experiences that I draw inspiration.
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! It was fun to chat about the inspiration behind CLANLESS and the rest of the series.