Rise (Trifecta) (Volume 1)
Luis Almonte, author
Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Alexia Wick is an ordinary girl, with extraordinary abilities. She attends the prestigious South Haven Academy for the Gifted and Talented, but unknown to the other students, she is an Alerium witch. The daughter of a High Priest and Priestess, Alexia must learn to navigate the pressures of high school, all while preparing for one of the biggest competitions of her life- the Annual Trials. Skill, stamina, and loyalty will all be tested in Rise, the first installment of the Trifecta Series. In this debut contemporary fantasy novel, magic gets real as Alexia trains for the Annual Trials, which pits teen against teen, by focusing on her craft and pushing her magic and spell casting abilities to their absolute limit. When the handsome and confident Kaleb moves into town, he offers Alexia a welcome distraction from the Trials, but a dark secret could soon tear them apart. In the trials arena, friendships will be put to the test, fears will be confronted head-on, and powerful spells will be unleashed. When Alexia is confronted with the ultimate game of chance, and is torn between her ﬁrst real love and the allegiance that binds her to her coven, will she buckle under the weight of the pressure ... or will she rise to the challenge?
This first entry in the planned Trifecta series introduces 15-year-old Alexia and her family, witches who belong to the Alerium coven. For Alexia and her siblings, training for the annual “Trials” that test the powers of rising witches is on par with studying for the SATs. Yet, as Alexia hones her spell casting, both with her mentor, Darren, and through an after-school program, she learns more about the secretive “Order” that governs the various covens. When Kaleb, a boy she is dating, reveals that he is a vampire, she must come to terms with what she discovers are deep entanglements between vampires and witches. Almonte excels at making the fantastical seem commonplace, particularly in his empathic descriptions of the pressures and anxieties associated with passing the Trials. The relationship that develops easily between Alexis and Kaleb, along with the tensions among the factions of vampires and witches, will be very familiar to fans of paranormal romance; devotees of the genre should enjoy exploring the world Almonte sets up, even if it doesn’t break much new ground. Ages 12–up. (BookLife)
10/03/2016Smith Publicity to Represent Rise and Author Luis Almonte to Media
We are proud to announce that Rise has been picked up by the Smith Publicity Public Relations Firm, which will represent both Luis Almonte and his debut novel to the national media and press.