Artist: Miguel Rodriguez Sánchez, Photo credit: https://www.deviantart.com/manurs
Book one the Oaql Seed is complete!
To be published Summer 2021!
Let me tell you why this is called the Treeboat Series: because I’m already 92 pages into Book Two (pending title), and then there are Ica's Tale and Biyan the Rainbringer, that are tales from within this world, but not part of the main trilogy itself.
A picture we took at Coral Harbor Beach in Nassau, Bahamas. (The ocean is featured a lot in this book)
Speculative fiction fans of M.R. Carey, Margaret Atwood, and Adrian Tchaikovsky will find many of the themes that excite them, but can settle in for an exploration of a future that is not necessarily bleak and dying, but also filled with new life and indigenous wisdom.
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.
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 heroes 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.