The Elementalist: Rise of Hara (Book I)

“What they wanted was a servant; what they got was something else.”

All her life, aviatrix Voi Román grew up thinking she had a rare, incurable condition known as emelesia, which would eventually 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 decision: ignore the stranger and 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 aviatrix is 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 from an operative of the Haran: a political terrorist group previously thought quelled only 10 years prior. Milia also seems to possess more than meets the eye as she boasts a powerful, steely aura and an unusual fetish for metal objects.

In a quest to unravel the mystery of emelesia while helping Miss Furlan and Agent Callahan 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 involving her condition entangles itself with the perilous problem of the Haran…can Voi hope to free herself from a web of lies and still 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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