Mara: Today I am sitting down with Tate, the treior assigned the task of observing the young Duillaine on Dhara. Tate, why don’t we start by explaining what exactly a treior is?
Tate: Sure. Treiors are sort of like what you would call an anthropologist and a historian. We observe other cultures and worlds, and record the history of those people.
Mara: And your family has been assigned Dhara.
Tate: Correct. Each family of treiors passes down the information they gained through their observations to the next generation. After studying all of this throughout childhood, the treior would move to the area they are studying at the age of twelve. I moved to Dhara then.
Mara: You’re seventeen now. When did you first get the assignment to watch over the girls?
Tate: When I was about fourteen. I started with Isauria and Rhaya, since they were older. Rhaya was really hard to get close to because of her empathic abilities. Isauria was very shy, and I think she felt out of place. So it was easy to get close to her. I started attending school with Ariana when I was fifteen, and did the same with Zelene when I was sixteen.
Mara: What were you tasked with doing concerning the girls?
Tate: I was supposed to watch out for any powers they might be developing, like Rhaya’s empathy or Isauria’s visions. By gaining their confidence, I could talk to them about it. Like I said, Rhaya would have seen through my lies, so all I could do was report back concerning her. Isauria would talk to me in great detail about her dreams, and I tried to help guide her subtly.
Mara: Did that work?
Tate: (laughs) No. Izzy was more concerned with where her story was going than trying to control what she sees.
Mara: It must have been easier for you to fit in with Zelene and Ariana since you are the same age.
Tate: Ariana, yes. Zelene, no. Zelene keeps everyone at arm’s length anyways, and the timing was really bad.
Mara: What do you mean?
Tate: She and Kyle had broken up not too long before I met her. Things went bad, and she was getting teased by his friends a lot. She thought I was one of them. She told me off on the first day, and no matter how hard I tried to get close to her, she refused. She never trusted me like Ariana did.
Mara: Ariana calls you her best friend, and so does Isauria. How much of that was real for you?
Tate: All of it. Look, it’s hard not to like these girls. Isauria has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met. Rhaya is compassionate to a fault. Her rose-colored glasses are usually amped up to eleven. And Ariana has this passion and charisma.
Mara: I notice you left Zelene out of that mix.
Tate: Yeah, well, I’m not sure Zelene and I would get along even on the best of days.
Mara: Now that the girls have returned, will you go back to Dhara to study?
Tate: No, I’ve been assigned the task of helping the girls integrate into our society in Anscombe. I understand the world they lived in and Estridia, so that puts me in the unique position of being able to help them adjust.
Mara: Will you miss it?
Tate: Oh yeah. For all the faults of Dhara, life is simpler there for someone my age. You get more time to be a kid and be irresponsible. And there’s video games.
Mara: Still trying to get a gaming console to work in Estridia without electricity?
Tate: (grins) You betcha.
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Seventeen-year-old Zelene doesn't believe in magic or prophecies. When she's told she is part of the prophecy foretelling five powerful girls bringing peace to the war-torn worlds, she scoffs. The idea of other dimensions layered on top of the world she lives in is almost as ludicrous as the idea that she might be able to save them. After she is attacked by magic-wielding assassins, she finds she can't argue with reality.
As their enemies strike, the girls are taken back to their world and discover the ties binding them together. Rhaya has always had an uncanny knack for reading people, but can’t seem to unravel the mystery tying her to Isauria, the new friend she bonded with instantly. For years, Isauria has been dreaming of Terrena, a girl living her life on the run in a magical world ripped apart by the tragedies of war, completely unaware that she is psychically linked to the world she was born in.
Zelene views them all with a distrustful eye, familial bonds or no, and can think of a place or two she’d like to shove the crown she supposedly inherited. When she learns that her long-lost twin Ariana has been captured by the rebels, Zelene’s attitude changes. She doesn’t know how she is supposed to go against an army of magic-wielding rebels when her own ability to manipulate the elements is still locked within her. But can she trust the elders to rescue Ariana when it seems their medieval politics are what brought about the war in the first place? With all that is at stake, the answer becomes clear to Zelene.
Screw the worlds. She’s getting her sister back.