Artist: Miguel Rodriguez Sánchez, Photo credit: https://www.deviantart.com/manurs
Book one the Oaql Seed (pending title) is complete! Now the process of finding an agent is underway. Let me tell you why this is called the Treeboat series: Because I’m already 92 pages into book two :D and it is becoming apparent to me as I write it, that there will be even more! Also if you notice the name Ispharazi around, that is because Zahra and I are uniting our last names when we get married.
A picture we took at Coral Harbor Beach in Nassau, Bahamas. The ocean features in this book a ton.
For those who seek a fast paced read that doesn’t explain itself too often but reveals its depths as the story unfolds. Teens and adults who have a love for nature, but also are tantalized by its mystique, and want to see the world through multiple perspectives, not just a single hero’s myopic vision. For those who are transitioning to adulthood asking, “what’s this all about?” For those adults who look back now and then at their teenage years and wonder if they could have done more, or still might try, to delve deeper into existential questions. Ultimately herein lies a message of love that is accessible to anyone.
Synopsis of the Oaql Seed
Arionella, a twelve year old girl, has been swept away on a sentient Treeboat called the Oaql boat. She is part of a family of orphans. Her loving family embarks upon a rescue mission with the charismatic Taola Lonwe, who is the Captain of the rogue Oaql boat, to rescue Arionella. Dangers are afoot in this world, one being the Treeboat itself which must be approached with caution because it naturally seeks connection with humans, at the cost of the human losing their own sentience over time. Usually only well trained individuals learn to maintain symbiosis with this powerful organism. Another key figure in this story is a mysterious man named Revalo Otrebor who seeks to collect Treeboats for himself for dark purposes.
From crossing the ocean to visit hidden tribal islands of the Reteti, to a journey on foot to seek the aid of the ethnically diverse Enane people, our heroes end up with more challenges- and therefore opportunities for growth -than they had expected at the outset.
The third section of this tale sets up another set of heros and heroines who are connected to characters in the first two parts of the novel. The story of Arionella comes full circle with these intrepid people who are on a mission to address the larger mystery of a growing imbalance in the fragile world in which they live.