THE ONE AND THE MANY
YA FANTASY | DYSTOPIAN | 110000 words
At the age of thirteen, Leaf has lost everything except his life. Hunted as a fugitive, he escapes to the remote outpost of Toriro and hides in the morgue, convinced it’s the last place the warlord Anansi will find him. But his hiding place quickly turns into his prison, when he meets a hot-tempered and malicious Magi — a tribal seer who reads omens through the stars. The Magi blackmails Leaf into telling his story, or be ratted out to the militia holding Toriro hostage. Leaf reluctantly shares his unforgettable tale — from the day he fell in love with the beautiful girl with golden braids, to becoming an orphan after his mother sparked a failed rebellion, to when his Ancestors spoke through the stars. Finally, he reveals why he risked everything to join Anansi’s army, the Brood.
When no one can find Leaf, the warlord cuts off the water supply and threatens to burn Toriro down. With tensions rising and only days to survive, the Magi offers an unthinkable possibility: Leaf is exactly where the Ancestors want him to be. Leaf is forced to choose between running away, or taking a stand against Anansi. Will he find a way to finish what his mother started? His legacy is hidden in the stars if only he could learn how to see it.