Engage Your Inner Hero
Strains of Portomare
They made their living using their eldsinger skills to fix colonies and reefs in the ocean of Portomare. Then siblings Trace and Echo stumble upon a dying, hidden reef surrounded by mystery. Now they feel obligated to rescue other reefs like it and determine who put these reefs here. The bigger question is whether they’ll uncover an ancient enemy on Portomare while they search. Get ready for this series of eight books exploring the world of Portomare.
On Portomare, some have the ability to make music with their minds using an instrument called a reed panel. Those with average strength are fokasingers. They can sing fire into existence or use a song to drive a vehicle.
Then a few can do much more than average, and these are called eldsingers. They can heal, move people, even dig huge mine shafts, all with a small woven instrument and a thought.
The most powerful eldsinger on Portomare, Trace can do things with a reed panel nobody else can do. He also expects too much of himself, and those who love him call him reckless. Unfortunately, a terrible accident has left him with only one person in the world who loves him, his sister Echo.
Echo is the big sister, and she’s always tried to shield Trace from the hardships of his skill. The man is too strong and too smart, and people make him nervous. So she smooths the way, keeps their lives organized, and takes care of the details of running a service using their singing skills to repair reef and villa colonies across Portomare’s vast oceans.
Unfortunately, with Trace brooding, she’s lonely. When the Tormanadu Reef calls for aid, a reef that reminds her of home, she takes the job, hoping she can boost Trace out of his grief with some good, hard work.
It would have been a good plan, but something is wrong on Tormandu, and this simple job becomes dangerous.
Second-in-command of the Tormandu Reef, Dayton hires Trace and Echo to recharge the sun fluid that heats and lights the reef. He’s a fokasinger, so he’s not as strong as the siblings, and although he’s intimidated by their strength, he finds their honest humanity endearing. Echo, especially, charms him as she works so hard to take care of her aching brother.
He’s as shocked as anyone when Trace and Echo discover a strange secret on their reef, one that might prove too much even for two powerful eldsingers.
Kaya of the Fliota
She lives on a houseboat that spends most of the year frozen into a lake in the center of a dead volcano. Most of the Fliota tribe was lost to an earthquake twenty years ago, including all of Kaya’s family except her old amma, and Kaya is lonely. Montefalo–Fire Mountain–gets colder and darker every day, and few babies are born, and Kaya feels like her world is dying.
The Fliota live to grow lettstafur, reeds that light their dark world. They trade with the other tribe in the volcanic cone, the Scavare, who live in the caves and mine the rock that heats their cold world. It isn’t much of an existence.
On a particularly cold, dark day, she meets the leader of the Scavare, who is just as lonely and tired of life as she is, and things begin to change.
Gianni of the Scavare
After the earthquake killed his family, Gianni became the leader of the cave-dwelling Scavare tribe in Montefalo. Because Gi has unusual eyes, his tribe thinks him supernatural, and they keep their distance, so Gi is alone.
On one of the darkest days of the year, Gi wanders outside the cave and discovers a young woman among the Fliota as strange and alone as he is.
Unfortunately, making a friend won’t fix the problems in their mountain. The days grow colder and darker, and the tribes get smaller, and Gianni has no answers.
Then a strange man named Trace falls at his and Kaya’s feet, appearing from nowhere in a flash of light, injured and frightened.
And everything in all five of these lives changes, never to be the same again.
- What is a reef? A reef is a hollow rock on the bottom of the ocean that can be lit and heated with sygotic sun fluid in the roof, and then plants, animals, and people can inhabit it.
- How many books will be in this series? The plan is eight. I’m not so good at sticking with my plans.
- When can we expect to read this series? The first three books are nearing completion. Expect book one around September 2023, but don’t quote me on that. Because all eight books have one overarching story, I need to know where I’m going before I release the first one.
- You write Christian books. Is this a Christian series? Not explicitly. But I am a Christian writer, so I write through a Christian lens.
- I’m impatient. Where can I learn more about Portomare while I wait for the books? Portomare has its own website where you can learn a little bit about its history and geography. I promise no big spoilers, but if you have a moment to wander this world, check out https://www.worldanvil.com/w/portomare-scribblerjill