We meet Ayana, the healer and lonely outcast with her scarred face; Vinton, her protector (or is he her imaginary friend?); Gamma and Blu Tara, the beautiful, fiery twins who can kill with one look. These twins are important characters in the book. They could hardly be more different from each other. Krave, beloved by Gamma, hated by Blu Tara, ‘tall and upright as a polished spear with a beautiful crop of golden hair that cascaded down his back in waves’; his ‘brother’ Skylar, pure trouble with ‘muscles on his arms and legs that stood out in lumps’; Ryder with his crystal spear, forever seeking Ayana’s approval although she, refusing to believe she’s worth it, can only wonder, ‘What does he see in me?’ And Ice, mysterious, dangerous, murderous with eyes like bright furnaces who feeds on Innoverans. These young Innoverans are often haunted by a forgotten past recalled only in strange dreams. They form friendships, make enemies and face constant physical and emotional challenges that test them to their limits. They have amazing powers; they can fly, they can communicate through ‘thought-words’, their minds can travel to other worlds. They harbour secrets.
But life is not easy on Innovera Yakov and the young Beings must live in constant fear of Blu Tara; ‘What I want, I have. What I can’t have, I destroy.’ They find that the great powers they are gifted with are nothing compared to the dangers they face. They must shelter from Solar-storms. To fall in love is dangerous. Lovers long to combine to become stronger, better Beings but it can go terribly wrong and when that happens they perish. Their survival is further threatened by Ice, who consumes Innoverans and holds both Blu Tara and Ayana in his control.
Everyone seeks a partner with whom they can ‘merge.’ This desire to ease the passage through life by joining forces with a true companion, is one of the main themes of the story. Love for Blu Tara, is a terrible thing. She tells her sister, ‘It is a curse. You will scoop out your core and abandon it just to have the Being that you love… You will steal another person’s life force if it makes it easier to get it. You will kill or die for it. And you’ll hate yourself for the weakness that it brings on you.’
They are told that they must embark on ‘The Journey‘, this journey will be more terrifying than any of them could imagine and a strong leader must be elected from their midst. They are shocked to discover who that leader is, none more so than the chosen one herself. Many of them will perish as they make their way through the watery darkness of Verheer while battling the army of underworld warriors bent on destroying and consuming them.
Finally, diminished in strength and numbers, they reach their journey’s end only to learn the final brutal truth.
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Blu Tara stared her sister in the face. ‘Let me tell you what you don’t know about love, Gamma. It is a curse. You will scoop out your core and abandon it just to have the Being that you love. You will steal another person’s life force if it makes it easier to get it. You will abandon the world you have been cradled in, betray everything and everyone you care for. You’ll give up your name for it.’
Blu Tara’s voice went soft and dreamy. ‘You will gladly close your eyes and embrace the world of darkness. You will kill or die for it. And you will hate yourself for the weakness that it brings on you. So don’t talk to me about love.’
Gamma shook her head. ‘You’re not making sense,’ Blu Tara. ‘You talk as if… I’m the one who should be upset about all this.’
Blu Tara lifted her hand dismissively. She pointed a hot finger at Gamma. ‘Anyway don’t forget what we are.’
‘And what are we?’ Gamma glared at her..
‘Different. Strange. Something to be frightened of. Two Beings that can fuse and burn everything to ashes. That’s the way they all see us down there. That’s what the Stardog wants from you – the powers you possess.
‘I hate them all. With their suspicious, shiny faces and their empty games. I hate that Voice which drones on and on at us in the Learning Dome as soon as we’ve finished resting.
Innoverans! All those perfect, pretty Beings; they remember nothing — it’s the curse of this shallow, shining world. Tell me, Gamma – what do you remember of the world we come from before your Odors Apeno dumped us here?’
Gamma swung around to face her sister fully. ‘Blu Tara! What’s got into you? Where’s all that coming from? I’ve never heard you speak like that before. This is about Krave and I- not you!’
Krave and you – don’t make me laugh. And, oh! Here’s a big difference — between you and I this time, Twin Sister. It’s the answer to your question that you brought me up here to ask.’ Blu Tara mimicked Gamma’s soft and musical voice, Why do you want to kill Krave?
Here’s the answer, Gamma. I will do whatever I have to do to save myself. I’m the half of you that’s not like you. I don’t have a weeping heart. Now I’m out of here. I need my Rest.
Welcome Kia. I’m so happy to have you here. Please tell us about your current series.
Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is the first installment in an action-packed fantasy drama where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for ‘The Journey’. Innovera Yakov is a faraway planet in a faraway universe: under five moons and two brilliant suns that never set. At the very edge of Innovera Yakov, there is always the terrifying watery darkness of Verheer. We meet Ayana, the outsider, forever searching for herself and the truth of their world; Vinton, her protector. Gamma and Blu Tara are beautiful, fiery twins who can kill with one look. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes explores the desire for acceptance, the need to belong, the importance of self-belief, the danger of secrets, the pain of betrayal and the power of love.
Interesting. Let’s change topics. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be, and why?
I would love to visit Innovera Yakov. I really would. It’s the kind of world I wish to live in and sometimes it does feel real to me. Whenever I am going through a sad moment, I would close my eyes and imagine that I am right there, immersed in a world of light and crystals and absolute splendour! I often think of a scene where my main protagonist is looking down at Innnovera Yakov as she glides through the air on her Sylva: It was wonderful beneath her – all shimmering blue grass and great Golkan trees with their mysterious blue leaves and beating hearts. Starbirds flew past her like bright daggers, heading for the high air of the Ishu Mountains. The Great River of a Thousand Eyes flowed quietly beneath, reflecting the glorious multi-tinted sky.’ That is my idea of sanctuary.
I’ve posted on this question before on what this tells me. How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?
Not very likely!
So you’re more fantasy based when you write and might be able to respond in real life. I’m the same. So what inspired your latest book?
The concept of Innovera Yakov originated from my dreams. I used to dream about these Beings in some other world. At first, it was scary but then I learned to overcome that fear and started looking forward to them. At one point, I became so enthusiastic about science, evolution and the possibility of realities and forms of life that might exist outside of what we know that I wanted to absorb anything in relation to that. Innovera Yakov addresses many of the questions I have about our world and the universe in general. It’s my attempt to understand life.
Dreams are the best though the most scientific people would argue the life outside of this is fantasy. I’m okay with that. I’d rather be a dreamer than a dreary bore any day of the week. What is your next project and when will it be released?
I am working on my second book in the series while networking and meeting other authors.
Smart. Networking and meeting people is important. But so is the next work. What is your favorite part of writing?
I prefer the emotional scenes where the reader gets to know her heart or the inner feelings of the characters better. There is a scene where Ayana who is seen as the weakest amongst them and who does not believe in herself really begins to get a sense of her own powers. The scene I really like is where she discovers that, the scars that mark her face and leaves her feeling ‘ugly’, are the key to their survival on the dangerous Journey.
I have to pull to get to the emotions. I’d rather a surprise element than get into what the character feels. As the writer, I’m drained when I put this in. I don’t hate it, and it’s awesome. But not my personal favorite. What is your least favorite part of writing?
When I am faced with characters that have to die or disappear. Losing them is very hard.
Wow I love throwing crazy loops in. When they disappear, they can come back. And death isn’t always the end, at least in fantasy. In contemporary too if it’s a faked death. I do love those. Okay. Give us an elevator pitch for your book.
Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is the first instalment in an action-packed fantasy drama where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for ‘The Journey’.
You spoke alot about your book today. Last question. Change of topics, do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?
Follow your dreams. Work for what you want and even in the depths of despair or fading confidence never give up. It is important to believe in yourself because not everyone is going to believe in you. Embrace your gifts. Learn what they are and use them for good. Cherish what you are and don’t let go of that.
Where would you tell the readers find you? The media kit had so many links. Top few?
Thank you for coming to my site today for a chat.
Kia Garriques studied writing and English literature at University and has been a published short story writer since 2009. Her first story “The Invisible Alien Watcher” was published by Micro Horror in 2009 and reprinted by Pill Hill Press in 2011. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes – is her first novel in the ‘Worlds’ series and will be out on amazon mid February. visit www.kiagarriques.com/books to read the first chapter
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