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"Set amid an imaginative blend of sci-fi and fantasy, the novel’s fictional universe is vividly realized and will grab curious readers. The book works in thought-provoking themes that will further draw readers in." BookLife Prize



The Alchemist meets fantasy with a splash of space opera.

 

Viola Alerion, a renowned storyteller in the Haldrian Empire, wants to be left in peace. For years, she’s been hounded by her past, never to find a moment’s rest. Then she meets a boy who wants to become her apprentice. He refuses to take no for an answer, and she reluctantly yields, even though she knows taking him with her could endanger his life. As their journey progresses, Viola begins to understand she’s not the only teacher in the equation. The nameless boy also has something to teach, but Viola makes for a reluctant student.

Can she give way to possibility and embrace a future in alignment with what she’s always wanted? Can she find the courage to embrace the principles that will transform her life? Can she overcome her circumstances and face her past? Or will she keep on running with nowhere to hide?
And what of the boy who guards untold secrets and exhibits mysterious powers that defy belief?

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In 2021, The Apprentice Storyteller was a "Top 10 Finalist" in the Fantasy Category


The Author Elite Awards recognize excellence in literary achievements. Entries are reviewed and evaluated on popular vote, social contribution, and overall presentation (cover, content, flow, and originality) by the Academy's voting membership, which is comprised of best-selling authors, literary agents, and industry leaders.

Astrid V.J.'s epic Fantasy/Space-Opera cross-over series set in a dystopian universe, but with an uplifting message.
Wishmaster Series
The Apprentice Storyteller
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Viola Alerion has been on the run from the intergalactic Haldrian Empire for most of her adult life. After parting ways with her one and only apprentice who’s faith inspired her own transformation, the storyteller finds herself plagued with more profound, life-altering questions than she's ever been willing to consider. And most importantly, she is in a position to choose her path, seemingly for the first time in her life.

Determined to face her past and unlock the secrets her apprentice hinted at, Viola sets off into the jungle of Téarman unaware of dangers there, which will test her faith, her self-belief and threaten to cast her back into the pit of her worst despair. But more frightening even than a raging swarm of poisonous fireflies is the knowledge she must face the most terrifying and powerful being in the whole intergalactic empire—her mother.

Forthcoming titles in this series:
Becoming Spellwright
Master Wordmage

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Finding the Way

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The continuation of Viola Alerion's story...

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