Publisher Description

Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

This doesn’t stop her from competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

Nicole turns to her best friend, Lizzie, for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.

Readers of Lovecraft and M.R. James will recognize and enjoy themes from both authors.

If you'd like to receive Praxis (the second book in this series) for free as well, you can grab a copy at the author's website here: Enjoy!

Suggested Reading Order:
Discern, Katon University Book One
Praxis Novellas, Katon University Book Two
Perceive, Katon University Book Three
Observe, Katon University Book Four
Reclaim, Katon University Book Five

What readers are saying:
"Wow! Original, classic ya fantasy. This book is simply captivating! Once I read the first sentence, I couldn't put the book down." - Marina

"Intense action and suspense. Great creativity." - Char

"I really love the way the paranormal things are brought in. It isn't run of the mill regular magic. Different and compelling, can't wait to read more!" - Taylor

"This story was a pleasant surprise. Exciting and full of intrigue. Totally different take on magic. Loved the characters, even the (purposefully) annoying ones." - Susan

"The story was a nice change from the usual young adult fantasy stories that are out there." - Kindle customer

"Recommended to anyone who enjoys a fairly quick read and who likes YA fantasy." - Laura

Young Adult
August 25
Andrea Pearson
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Lindailin ,


Enjoyed very much. Filled with adventures and gaining powers and learning how to use them. Dealing with outside influences and so much more. Highly recommend reading for everyone.

Bdock86 ,

Wonderfully engaging

This is one of those books that I had to finish. It is easy to follow with a great story line. Andrea has a way to develop characters to make you feel as if they are real and you genuinely want to see what happens

Granmalee ,

Magic and adventure

It’s very difficult to find good clean books to read these days. One of the important characteristics I enjoyed about this book is the fact I didn’t have to cringe at a swear word or uncomfortable sex scene as I turned each page. It was an added bonus that this was a book about magic and adventure. And just so I could get a few more of this author’s books, I signed up for her newsletters. I’m hoping my need to read more of her books will be sated, at least a little, until I’m finished with those.

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