Epic eco-fantasy. 2020 Kindle Book Awards Finalist. Standalone Bk 1 in an award-winning trilogy. 2020 IPPY and Royal Dragonfly Award winner.
One misfit girl and 50,000 bees against the might of the Citadel.
Mielitta, a despised servant of mysterious origins, yearns to be an adult and fit into Citadel society but the all-powerful mages won't even consider her for the Maturity Test. As they fight amongst themselves, Mielitta overhears their secrets and plans to escape.
Bastien and Jannlou, the boys who terrorised her as a child, have grown into their status as Mages and she cannot escape them forever.
In desperation, she flees to the forbidden Forest and its dangerous attractions. Her scent angers thousands of bees and, although she survives their attack, she has changed. As a bee-shifter, Mielitta sees the world differently.
This bond works both ways and the bees need Mielitta's help as the rift widens between Forest and Citadel. Can Mielitta find the fulfilment she craves or will the Mages crush every cell of her second nature?
Block Nature out and she'll force a way in.
'Gill's work stands apart through its strikingly inventive concept, distinctive sense of place, and masterful use of imagery.' 10 out of 10, The Booklife Prize
'A brilliantly imagined fantasy with a strong environmental message.' Ashley Dyer
An engrossing story that has you wanting more.
This book is a questing tale of a young woman coming into herself. Fighting off the scathing eyes and leprosy that others see in her. Finding a part of herself she never knew was missing and fighting for a new way of living. I enjoyed this riveting story by author Jean Gill and am excited to read the continuation of it, in the second book “Arrows Tipped with Honey”.