At age twenty-four and suffering from emelesia, a rare genetic disorder, aviatrix Voi Román is in a pickle: by her twenty-fifth birthday, the natural supplements she takes to manage her symptoms—such as uncontrollable jitters and hallucinations—will no longer be enough. Soon, she must be admitted to a mental asylum.
Running on her last drop of optimism, a solution presents itself when an alluring government agent named Ron Callahan visits her home. He reveals a disturbing truth about emelesia and offers Voi a cure, but in exchange, she must become a spy.
Despite Voi’s pacifist leanings, the unassuming aviatrix accepts Mr. Callahan’s offer—if only to learn more about her condition, as it appears there’s more to it than the agent lets on. He proves equally mysterious with a knack for investigating Voi’s troubled past and an uncanny ability to predict her whereabouts. Later, she is introduced to Special Envoy Milia Furlan, a diplomat who survived an attack by an agent of the Haran: an occult political terrorist group previously thought quelled only 10 years prior. Milia, too, seems to possess more than meets the eye with a powerful steely aura and an unusual fetish for metal objects.
In a quest to better understand her condition while helping Agent Callahan and Miss Furlan locate the Haran before another attack occurs, Voi is swept into a whirlwind of arcane occult practices, experimental aerocraft technology, aerial espionage, and international intrigue. As the conspiracy surrounding her condition entangles itself with the mystery of the Haran…does Voi stand any chance of coming out sane?
The Elementalist: Rise of Hara is the first novel of the dieselpunk fantasy series The Elementalist, harkening 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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