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  • 04/2018
  • 9781775242710
  • 442 pages
  • $7.62
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2018
  • 9781775242703
  • 442 pages
  • $18.99
The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming (Book One: Theory)

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

“Life is transformation. You change or you die.”

Ashamed of his past and overwhelmed by his future, Ronoah Genoveffa Elizzi-denna Pilanovani feels too small for his own name. After a graceless exit from his homeland in the Acharrioni desert, his anxiety has sabotaged every attempt at redemption. Asides from a fiery devotion to his godling, the one piece of home he brought with him, he has nothing.

That is, until he meets Reilin. Beguiling, bewildering Reilin, who whisks Ronoah up into a cross-continental pilgrimage to the most sacred place on the planet. The people they encounter on the way—children of the sea, a priestess and her band of storytellers, the lonely ghosts of monsters—are grim and whimsical in equal measure. Each has their part to play in rewriting Ronoah’s personal narrative.

One part fantasy travelogue, one part emotional underworld journey, The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming is a sumptuous, slow-burning story about stories and the way they shape our lives.

Reviews
Tristen’s ambitious fantasy debut combines a coming-of-age tale, an obsessive love of words and stories, and an opulent created-world setting. Disgraced young Ronoah Genoveffa Elizzi-denna Pilanovani flees his home and his study of the mysterious shalledrim, ancient powerful humanoids who enslaved humankind and were eventually annihilated by their subjects. He ends up in a scruffy Chiropole coffeehouse, barely able to understand the local language, but he understands enough of an overheard conversation about the shalledrim to become fascinated with one of the speakers, Reilin. Ronoah joins Reilin on a journey to the Pilgrim State, setting off a torrent of secondary stories. Each story and its speaker contributes a different insight to Ronoah’s emerging self-awareness. He and Reilin travel first with a group of Tellers, who encourage him to contribute his own history to their hoard of myth, and then leave them to trace the ancient humans’ escape route, where Ronoah laboriously learns to discard self-doubt and build a mature view of the shalledrim and himself. Less dedicated readers may struggle with the often repetitive pop psychology and facile conclusions about what it takes to be a mature adult. However, fans of detailed fantasy worldbuilding will revel in this voluminous story. (BookLife)
Reader Views

"Tristen succeeded in creating a narrative that was beautifully written, not just in mythos but also in its treatments of its characters. . . . The emotions of these pages read not as some farce designed to make the character seem like they’re struggling but as real and human as the reader. When Ronoah panicked, I panicked. We he was joyful, I was joyful. And as he grew and learned to understand himself, I felt like I was learning with him. This type of emotional connection is rare for me; it takes a truly brilliant author and narrative to cultivate that and Tristen’s narrative does so."

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 04/2018
  • 9781775242710
  • 442 pages
  • $7.62
Paperback Book Details
  • 04/2018
  • 9781775242703
  • 442 pages
  • $18.99

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