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thekeyofamatahns_LARGE In a land where those with magic are esteemed and revered, Janir guards a secret that would send her to the headsman's block at a word. As one of the reviled Argetallams, she has the power to destroy enchantments and steal others' magic—an ability that has caused bloodshed for generations.

Raised as the illegitimate daughter of an influential lord, she was determined to turn her back on her heritage, but when her power manifests, leaving a nobleman dead, she has no choice but to flee her adoptive home. In exile with the help of a fearless young enchanter and an elf sworn to protect her, she finds herself entangled in a quest to hide an ancient artifact from the kingdom’s enemies.

But they are not the only ones after the relic and soon their paths cross with a rival from Janir's distant childhood. With no hope of help or rescue, the fate of nations will depend on a fifteen year old girl and her mastery of powers she doesn't understand.

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Five Favorites in
Fantasy: Characters Hunted for their Power

Janir isn’t hunted so
much over people wanting her power versus hating it, but it’s a common theme in
fantasy literature. Characters with powers, especially those whose powers are
exceptionally rare and/or strong, are often hunted and sought for it.

Han (The Demon King
by Cinda Williams Chima)
Han is interesting
because he has no idea he has these powers at first. They’re all shackled up
inside him and he has no clue even as the reader figures it out pretty early
on. He’s one of my favorites because of how he looks out for his sister and
tries his darnedest to turn his life around. He was a fascinating take on the
“ex-gang member” archetype and kudos to Ms. Chima.

Senna (Witch Song
by Amber Argyle)
Every so often, it is
nice to read about a girl who manages to be bad@$$ without wielding something
sharp. Senna pulls this off a few times over. You go, girl!

Astrid (Broken by
Mande Matthews)
On second thought, it is nice
to have a shieldmaiden in your stories now and again. All the same, Astrid is
so vulnerable and lonely and struggling to find her place in the grand scheme
of things. Poor baby.

(Shadowheart by Tad Williams)
If Han has now idea of
his power, Qinnitan wouldn’t know it if hers smacked her in the face. Even the
reader might have doubts at first, but I assure you, she has it! She was a new
take on the “forced marriage” story, particularly in that she doesn’t want to
escape because of the risks involved to herself and others. But Fate (or
perhaps Mr. Williams) has other plans…

Kaliel (Vulture by
Rhiannon Paille)
This is one series I
have been addicted to for years. Kaliel dies and is reborn and every time she
does, the Valtanyana (baddies of über proportions) crawl out of the woodwork to
come and get her. The series is fixing to wrap up and I expect—no—I demand their deaths to put an end to
this madness.

About the AuthorWheatley Pictures33_s1-cropped

Elisabeth Wheatley began what would be her first novel at eleven and hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, and/or hot guys in armor, she can be found wasting time on the internet, fangirling over her latest obsession, and pretending to be a functional citizen.

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