From the ashes of an ancient empire, five teenagers must save the future.
Jake: Last in line to the Elementi High-King throne, sent through time and space to be brought up in an alien world, he has no knowledge of his past.
Mirim: As the caretaker of the mysterious Citadel which hosts the dying crystal mind of the Matrix, her air power is the only link to the old world.
Kiera: A Romani foundling with growing powers over nature, she is searching for a better life away from her criminal past.
They must find the other two heirs and reunite all their elemental powers over earth, air, fire, and water together with the Matrix to defeat the Empire that conquered their parents.
With a fire-demon on his trail, can Jake bring together the last of the Elementi in time?
The room began to smell of sulfur as the being he called fought for its freedom. Sweat broke out on Aras’ forehead. His body felt like it was on fire. This was a strong one, or did it show how much he had been weakened by the rise of the Elementi power? An acrid stench filled his nostrils, but he held on. Throwing the last of his energy in, he felt the creature’s presence fill the room. In the circle, the Deoc glared at Aras. Its body was made entirely of fire but as Aras watched, the flames flickered and died out. Skin formed over the creature’s body, first on its arms and legs. At last its face formed, and it was covered completely in skin. Over this, a robe appeared until a man stood before him with red and gold-flecked eyes.
“What do you want?”
“I need you to kill a boy.”
“Why would I do that?” The creature smiled, confident in its power.
“You have no choice.”
This is a coming of age, science fiction/fantasy adventure.
When the Atlanteans colonised an alternate dimension in the distant past, five families developed powers using crystals which amplified their fledgling abilities when in contact with a planet-wide crystalline mind known as the Matrix.
Later, the powerful Elementi Empire spanned over a thousand years. Its kings and queens loved and revered by their people and their elemental powers feared by their enemies. One fateful night almost a century ago, the Empire was destroyed by treachery and Magi illusion. All five heirs were thought to be lost… until now.
On present day Earth, Jake has an ordinary life, school,bullies, parties… until he stumbles on an ancient crystal and discovers his adoption and a royal past.
As Jake touches the pendant, the Magi Emperor in Eleria is alerted that not all the Elementi were killed all those years ago. The Emperor summons an evil fire-demon and sends him across the dimensional barrier to hunt and kill the last of the Elementi.
Jake and the other heirs have immense powers but the very abilities which could restore their thrones and remove the invaders could also lead to their undoing.
This debut novel from Ceri Clark, Children of the Elementi is a new addition tothe great fantasy tradition of C. S.Lewis, Anne McCaffrey, Midori Snyder and J.K. Rowling.
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