The Prequel: Storge

Storge is the prequel to The Laoche Chronicles. It’s a YA high fantasy that takes place in the world of Laoche roughly 1500 years before the start of the series and lays the groundwork for the worldbuilding and major plot points later on. It’s a character-driven story that’s part political drama, part civil war, and part fantastical family adventure. This manuscript is in its second draft, and I’m preparing it for beta readers.


The city of Maaren had always been divided. The Atilan long ruled over the Debilan and Avian populations with secret magic and an iron fist, but now Anarchists have risen up to challenge their rulers, leaving chaos and terror in the wake of their riots. Society is in shambles, or at least, quickly heading towards it.

The Laine family is outcast: Debilan hiding their magic, barely surviving on the fringes of society, and yet trying to support their community in any way they can.

Acheran and Chara are outsiders: avian siblings who hide away from the growing unrest safe within the cliffs. He sells his wares to whoever will buy; she argues with whoever will listen.

Soon, both families find themselves caught in the middle of the conflict. A conflict that will lead to a nasty civil war. A conflict that, in the end, only they can stop.

Character Introductions

Worldbuilding Information


Storge’s First Scene

It was far too lovely a day for a riot, but not even the cool breeze flapping the fabric of the trader’s multicolored tents could prevent Luca from taking advantage of the fact that there was, in fact, a riot.

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Magic Practice

“What good is my magic if I can’t control it? I spent so many years afraid to try tapping into it, and I choked when it counted.”

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Construction and Camaraderie

“Does that hurt?” “No… Is that strange? I probably should fear it, after seeing the sort of damage I can do. But it feels natural. Exhilarating, even. It feels right.”

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