The Elementalist: Rise of Hara (Book I)

All her life, aviatrix Voi Román grew up thinking she had emelesia—a rare, incurable condition that would soon require lifelong treatment at a mental asylum.  However, when an alluring government agent named Ron Callahan shows up on her doorstep offering a “cure” in exchange for committing espionage, Voi is forced to make a life-changing decision: accept the fate of an institutionalized life, or risk her life so that she might one day live free.

Running on her last drop of optimism, the curious aviatrix is slowly seduced by the agent’s offer in hopes of learning more about her condition, as it appears there’s more to it than he initially lets on. Agent Callahan proves equally mysterious, demonstrating a knack for investigating Voi’s troubled past as well as an uncanny ability to predict her whereabouts. Later, Voi is introduced to Special Envoy Milia Furlan, who survived an attack by a Haran extremist—a remnant of a political terrorist cell previously thought quelled only 10 years prior. Milia also seems to possess more than meets the eye boasting a powerful, steely aura and a fetish for metal objects.

In a quest to unravel the mystery of her condition while helping Agent Callahan and Miss Furlan locate the Haran before another attack occurs, Voi is swept into a whirlwind of occult pseudoscience, experimental aerocraft, aerial espionage, and international intrigue. As a centuries-old conspiracy surrounding emelesia entangles itself with the perilous problem of the Haran…can Voi hope to free herself from a web of lies or come out alive, let alone sane?

The Elementalist: Rise of Hara (TEROH) is the first novel of the dieselpunk fantasy series The Elementalist, harkening back to the golden ages of the League of Nations, globe-trotting aviators, and majestic luxury airships in the world of Element 7—where a connection with the elements is a tangible thing, the power of the mind knows no bounds, and the governing of such forces becomes a cause worth fighting for.

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