About Ascendant: Saga of Valor
Ascendant is a high fantasy tale of valor, betrayal, and the search for truth. Set in Hasbal, a city-state—once the envy of the world—rebel freedom fighters known as the “Shields of Valor” fight tirelessly against the predations of their perceived oppressor—the Lord Prime. The story primarily follows Dirk Ava, daughter of Dirk Aurel, a Chapter Head (or leader) in the resistance. Nearly a young woman, Ava has been indoctrinated in the beliefs and passion of her father and seeks nothing more than to overthrow the Lord Prime—who has by the use of Codespeak, a stripping of language and thus the complexity of thought, cowed an entire people into docility in the pursuit of utopia. Driven by the sins of Hasbals past, the people, Trusted, and ministries seek to redeem the city, but at cost, most do not even realize they are paying. Finally of age, Ava’s story of valor and retribution begins with her initiation into the Shields of Valor, but when the rare magic of Ascendancy suddenly awakens with her she finds herself betrayed by those she loves. Forced to flee, against her will, and on the run from the Lord Prime’s personal assassin and ascendant, Dirk Ava finds herself on the strange continent of Nakiaa with even stranger people. There her path collides with perhaps the only person who might be able to teach her how to use her newfound powers and one day overthrow the Lord Prime. In this journey, Ava will grapple with the consequences of her father’s sins, the burden of radical change, and the claws of a world without a care for any one individual. Ascendant seeks to explore if revolutionary change, even if for the best of intentions, can be done without the actor becoming mired in the filth of the supposed opposition. Speculative on the power of language and how it informs thought (as inspired by regimes such as North Korea’s) Ascendant allows the reader to draw their own conclusions and do so in an entertaining and fun way.
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Izaic Yorks. It sounds something like: Isaac (ok, exactly like it. . .), but my parents decided to be phonetically incorrect, so pronounce it how you want (seriously, this name has made my life a Key & Peele skit). Way too many years of running in circles have led to a career as a professional athlete and in my free time as an author. It was early on in my life, after reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone", (I know, real original. . .) that I realized all I wanted to do was write stories. I spend my time writing fantastical tales, podcasting, and dadding (not sure that's a word) as a new parent. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer and if not, well it is a good thing there are million other books!
Rapid Fire Round: What does my dream date include (no, I'm not single, yeesh, this is for the lols)?
1) Coffee baby! Single origin, preferably Guatemalan, pour over with 20 oz beans. Yes, I'm that guy.
2) An argument concerning the age-old philosophical debate, "Who shot first, Han or Greedo?"
3) Backpacking, far and near, I want to taste that mountain air.
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