FarSight The Divine Potentials Book 2 by Ethan Stein Genre: Epic Fantasy
Death is only the beginning …
Kell Stevyns is cursed with the ability to foresee a person’s death. Unable to completely block the visions of violence and loss, she is determined to find a cure. Recently, her own demise began playing out in her mind, leaving her sanity hanging by a thread. Determination has become desperation.
All is well that ends well … or is it?
Daena Vulatanne faced many trials as she ascended the ranks of her community in Iburdeen and her survival was a relief to her people. Unfortunately, not everyone was pleased and someone is on a mission to carry out their revenge.
Past, present, and future collide …
Kell’s salvation may lie with the mysterious woman in her new vision: a member of a remote religious order framed for the murder of their leader and set to be executed in forty-eight hours.
Haunted by images of death and destruction, Kell must trust her travel companion to keep her safe—and sane—as she embarks on a journey to locate the stranger and exonerate her.
Fate is a fickle thing, and there is no margin for error if Kell is going to succeed.
His opponent defended each of Mylon’s attacks but never delivered his own. Mylon was clearly the stronger combatant and would invariably kill this man if the fight wasn’t stopped immediately. Though her attendant was never quick to anger, it was possible the man had slighted Mylon, or even worse, he’d inadvertently threatened Kell. She carefully circled the men, hoping to get the enemy's attention and coax an apology. Even if Mylon were at fault, the distraction might pause the conflict enough for sanity to return.
She clapped and waved her arms, attempting to a create a signal that reached above the constant din of the battle and the crowd. Her efforts were rewarded with the man’s momentary attention as their swords pressed together.
His eyes grew wide and he snarled. “You!” He spun off Mylon and sprinted straight at Kell, his sword leveled.
Her mind racing, Kell tumbled backward and raised her arms in a futile attempt at defense. This can’t be happening. I’m not supposed to die here!
Suddenly, he flew past her as Mylon tackled him from behind, knocking his sword from his grasp. Mylon sat atop him, slamming his face into the ground and holding it there while uttering muffled words through gnashing teeth. The man flailed his arms ineffectually, and the crowd roared its approval.
The savagery of the onlookers and her once-considered unflappable friend was appalling. She was terrified of their reaction should Mylon succeed in murdering the man. Worse still, what would happen if some type of law enforcement appeared? She couldn’t lose her remaining family.
Scrambling to her feet, Kell tugged viciously at his arm. “Mylon!” she shouted, her voice drowned out despite the close proximity. “Mylon, stop! You’re suffocating him!”
He seemed to be in a trance, refusing to let up. However, she was now close enough to hear his mutterings. “Not again. I won’t let you take away someone else I love.”
Kell was flattered and appalled at the same time. Where had this madness come from? Had something else happened while she was asleep?
Putting her fears aside, she attempted once more to rouse him. When that proved ineffective, she shoved him off the now still form. They collapsed into a pile, Mylon immediately on his back with fists raised and eyes still full of rage. They cleared as he registered her presence. Madness yielded to shock and alarm as he noticed the prostrate man.
He quickly extricated himself and reached the man. Flipping him onto his back, Mylon held a hand to his nose before bending to listen to his chest. After a minute, he sat back with a relieved sigh.
Clarity The Divine Potentials Book 1
High Priestess Daena Vulatanne has spent more than a decade preparing to lead the Holy Order of the Water Goddess Anahita. The safety of the isolated community of women has always been paramount, but the arrival of a strange messenger forces her to question if their exposure is worth risking her role as the future leader.
Asha’s presence in the village threatens the secrecy the women have fought to maintain. While he carries a message for Daena’s people, he also holds the key to a rogue Order member’s lifelong ambition: revenge for the destruction of her brethren.
The purity and innocence Daena thought she knew soon gives way to evil and corruption. In a tumultuous time of deception, magic, and adventure, she must sacrifice something dear to her: her ideals, her devotion, or her life.
The reaction was instantaneous as the feline collapsed beneath its own momentum. Its body erupted into violent tremors and it let out a horrendous cry. The previously healed wounds throughout its body ripped open and black puss seeped from each.
Asha staggered to his feet and recovered his sword. The demonsbane did the trick of severing the bond, but the creature still lived. Even now it attempted to get up in spite of the exorbitant amount of pain; its efforts were accented by periodic mewls and moans.
He would not give it the chance to recover. He silently begged forgiveness for the soul he was about to extinguish, adding it to the others, and severed the creature’s head.
Ethan Stein was born in Buffalo, NY, where he developed a love for writing at an early age. While the beginnings were rather gory and incomplete, it was the start of something important.
In college, Ethan developed a far greater love and understanding of writing, even taking a few courses on how to be a better writer. It was there that he also began to develop the world of Mahrahspand, which was the foundation of his Divine Potentials Series.
His wife and two kids have been very supportive in his quest to further flesh out his fantasy world, and are eager to discover all that he has to offer.
What made you wish to write this book?
This book starts its inception as a continuation of Clarity, book 1 of the Divine Potentials series. However, Kell, the MC of FarSight was more of a side character to Daena, who was the MC in the first novel. However, she ended up wanting more “screen time”, which forced me to reconsider her role and in truth made her become the more flushed out character that is in FarSIght now. That happened with another one of my novels later in the series, but you’ll have to wait for it to be published/released before you can find out who.
What is your favorite part of the book and why?
My favorite part of the book is actually a scene that didn’t originally be there. Originally there was a major part dealing with a wagon ride that introduced a bunch of new characters. It took away from the flow of the story and really didn’t add anything to it. My copy-editors, thankfully recognized the superfluous of it and suggested it be changed. I, of course, could have refused, but after thinking more on it, I came to realize the sense in the suggestion. And in so doing, not only did it become a much more fun sequence events, but it gave an explanation for a trip Asha, our series hero, makes in a later novel. Plus, it was fun to revisit a character which I felt had far too little exposure as it was. I know it doesn’t tell you exactly which part is my favorite, but that is why you have to read the book!
If you could spend time with a character from your book, whom would it be? And what would you do during the day?
The easy answer would of course be Asha, since he is the hero of the series and a messenger by trade. It would exciting to see where he ends up, but incredibly dangerous as well. A less obvious answer would be T’alorin. Each of the characters obviously represent a part of my personality or an observation of someone close to me. So, I know, for a fact that she and I would have a fun time. As far as what we would do together, that is a bit more complicated. Before the story's events I would say we would most likely skip classes to goof off. Now, I might be busy training to become a better person. Not as fun but equally important.
What did you edit out of your book?
I cut a great deal out of the story since originally there were about six points of view. But, it became too disjointed and I was able to simplify the events that took place from those character’s POV by referencing it in dialogue with the primary MCs' POVs. And by doing so, I realized it was simply filler and unnecessarily affected the flow of the story. I think it is far better now without it. Don’t you?
Describe yourself in 5 words or less
Constantly reconsidering my chosen profession :)
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