Famine has swept across the island of Dearviél. The threat of war looms on the horizon. The Vacids, the people of the owl-totem, wilt under the dominion of a foreign king. Their greatest hope lies with two sisters.
Leara and Caileigh Mana had trained to be scholars. But the famine has compelled them to take on the task of healing their weary people and averting even greater suffering. Leara’s quest to find a mythical seedling that can sate all hunger will require all her knowledge and skill in the sciences, both the physical and the arcane. But she isn’t alone. She’ll find friends in the most unexpected places-friends she’ll need when she comes face-to-face with the otherworldly Fae, who will do everything in their power to stop her from reaching the seed.
Meanwhile, together with a ragtag group of companions, and hiding a secret power deep within herself, Caileigh must convince the Vacid nobles to put their quarrels and scheming aside and come together for the good of the people before it’s too late. But just as her strength of spirit is tested, so too will be the bonds of family.
In this intimate, emotionally charged adventure, the hand that heals may be stronger than that which wields the sword, virtuous deeds may count for more than titles and accolades, and the greatest power of all, whether in the material world or in realms beyond, may be that of compassion.
Sean E. Kelly has been writing fiction since 2009, and has no immediate plans to return to the real world.
He published his first novel in 2015 under the pseudonym John Gaiserich, but later unpublished it due to poor quality. His writing exploits were reinvigorated five years later with the publication of Aethyr, which received rave reviews, being dubbed “philosophical cyberpunk” by one reader. This was followed up in 2021 with the technothriller Omega Noir.
Sean’s latest novel, the fantasy epic Owl Totem, is the culmination of thirteen years of world-building and backstory, finally coming to light. The novel draws heavily on the author’s Irish ancestry.
When not indulging his overactive imagination, Sean works as an aviation professional and is an avid photographer. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
When Detective Winston Radhauser’s phone rings in the middle of the
night, he knows something terrible has happened. On this night, a homeless
man, rummaging for food in a local dumpster, finds the body of a severely
beaten young woman. On scene, Radhauser estimates the victim to be in her
early twenties. He’s overcome when he learns the forensics reveal she is the
girl whose disappearance has haunted him for three years–Ava
In broad daylight, Ava’s bicycle had been found parked with the kickstand
down near a wooded area. Search parties inched their way through every
portion of those woods, the neighborhood, nearby Lithia Park, and along
miles of railroad tracks, but there was no sign of the little girl.
Where has she been all this time? And why was she dumped on the eve of her
thirteenth birthday? There must be something, some tiny detail, he missed
that will give him a lead. This time, Radhauser won’t quit until he
About the Author
Susan Clayton Goldner became fascinated with books and writing as a young
child. Her first publication came when she was ten. It was a poem on the
back of a church bulletin. Perhaps seeing her name in print prompted her to
pursue that love and become a novelist. Susan shares a life in Grants Pass,
Oregon and Tucson, Arizona with her partner, John Carter, her fictional
characters, and more books than one person could count. When she isn’t
writing—which isn’t often—Susan likes to make stained
glass windows and quilts. She says it’s a little bit like
writing—telling stories with fabric and glass.