Synopsis – it’s like doing pilates in a Smartcar


Explaining a novel in a matter of sentences is something I’ve never tried before.  I think the only experience I can compare it to is trying to pee in a wedding dress.  Awkward, frustrating and just not natural.

Brevity has never been a talent of mine.  When I went to “announce” my novel on the NaNoWriMo site, and it expected me to put down a synopsis, I was taken off guard.  Nearly offended.  I signed up because I like making big wordy things, and now they ask for a small wordy thing, and people who write big wordy things shouldn’t also be expected to make small wordy things.  That’s just improper.

Anyway, I suffered through the indignity of it all and created a synopsis.  Any feedback about which part, if any, pulls your attention would be highly welcome!  I’d also be happy to return the favor.  As I make changes, I’ll track them below in case the edit process is helpful to anyone else.

Oh, and there’s a cover now and everything!  Gasp!



Maika’s not exactly equipped for continental life.  Still, when her ship colony stops at port in one of the largest remaining landmasses in the world, she can’t resist getting off to explore the first city she’s seen in years.

Pirthe is a proud kingdom, as old as the rainstones that protect it.  Alive with culture and music, it is controlled by those skilled enough to dominate the fiercely beautiful living weapons known as the Jin.  Maika just has one problem.  She’s kinda, sorta accidentally stolen one.

Stranded and on the run in an unfamiliar world, she’s now stuck with a brooding superweapon for company and a variety of monarchs, rogues, and philosophers out to control her connection with the Jin.  Choosing a side proves to be her one chance to reunite with her people.  But will the world, and her humanity, survive the process?  Choosing a side may be her one chance to reunite with her people, but what… and who… is she willing to sacrifice?