Saturday, 25 August 2018

Akea – The Power of Destiny by Elizabeth Jade

Title: Akea – The Power of Destiny
Author: Elizabeth Jade
Genre: Children’s fantasy, Children’s adventure
Age Range: 8-12
Publication Date: 25th May 2017

Akea is born into a family of sled dogs and a life that follows a predictable path, but from the day she first sees the lone wolf, Kazakh, Akea knows her future lies beyond the safety of her home. Kazakh is well aware of Akea's destiny and the pack laws he will break to help her reach it. Regardless of the challenges ahead, he must make sure this young husky will be ready, even if it means his life.


From Chapter 5 and takes place just after Akea has met the Wolf Queen and discovered her own destiny.

         Akea stared in disbelief. She thought that she had been accepted by the pack, so why after all this time would they suddenly turn on her. Equally puzzled Kazakh stepped forward and demanded an explanation.
         "You are in no position to demand anything," bellowed his father as the pack opened to let him through. "You have disregarded everything you have ever been taught, and now that I know the truth I intend to put a stop to it." Akea had never seen Leopardo look this angry. "How could you possibly train up this creature in place of your sister?"
         "But the Volk Queen has given her approval," argued Kazakh.
         "Nonsense! She would never permit such a thing. Accepting your friend into our pack was obviously a mistake; she has turned your head. How could you even consider fathering her pups? You are an alpha, a future pack leader and..." Leopardo paused for a moment, exasperated. "Do our laws mean nothing to you?" Kazakh began to understand what was going on.
         "This is your doing Bluinse," he growled, turning to face his sister whose face bore more of a smile than a snarl, but he couldn't think of anything else to say. To an extent, what Bluinse had told them was true; he did plan to train Akea for a role that would have gone to his sister, but for the right reasons. As for fathering Akea's pups, well he couldn't deny that the thought had crossed his mind. He realised now that he should not have struck Bluinse. Akea stared at Kazakh, wondering why he had fallen silent.
         "As for you Akea, you are no longer permitted to remain with the pack," declared his father. "You are banished - forever!"
         "No!" snapped Kazakh. "You can't do that; she would never survive alone."
         Before he could say anymore, two of the wolves lashed out at Akea. Kazakh tried his best to stop them, but he was roughly pinned to the ground by his father and Akea turned and ran for her life. As the pack chased after her, Kazakh noticed that only Javier remained, and he could see that he had been severely disciplined. Poor Javier; his only crime had been one of defending Akea’s name.
         As Akea fled the forest, the only wolf still in pursuit was Bluinse. Suddenly Akea turned and snapped, causing Bluinse to recoil in surprise. Akea seized her chance and raced away, vanishing from view as the snow began to fall thicker and faster. Poor Akea; she was used to being tucked up in her shed or huddled up with Javier or Kazakh for warmth, but now she was on her own and nursing wounds inflicted by the wolves before she fled. She had no idea how far she had run, and she was beginning to feel the strain now. She was cold, tired and hungry. She didn't know where she was or where to look for shelter from the snowstorm. Her pace slowed, and in the end Akea found that she couldn't take another step. She tried her utmost, but to no avail. Finally, she was overcome by exhaustion and collapsed in the snow with the wind howling around her.

Youtube Author Reading from  Chapter 1

More Youtube Author Readings:

Reading  from  Chapter 6 - (2 mins 26 secs)
Reading from Chapter 10 - (2 mins 17 secs)

Author Bio:

Elizabeth Jade was born in North Yorkshire, England, in 1998 and moved with her family to Wellington when she was very young.

Her early schooling did not go smoothly and she began home schooling at the age of 7.

She stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to struggle with depression and anxiety, and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper.

It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to Aspergers Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder). She has always had a passion for animals and has volunteered at various animal rescues, so it seemed only natural that her stories would revolve around them.

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