The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure
The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure. Exciting eBook about a teen girl who stumbles into adventure and becomes a legend. Her allies include her gay brother and an elderly but heroic lesbian couple. Revised, second edition. By Duane Simolke with Toni Davis.
In this comical and magical novel, a young swordswoman learns that, sometimes, going home is the most dangerous adventure of all!
Though born to a noble maternal lineage, Sasha Varov lives in exile on a dangerous island. Her family faces constant threats from deadly weather and deadlier dragons. That family sends sixteen-year-old Sasha back to their beloved kingdom of Jaan to buy seeds. She stumbles into adventures and becomes an accidental legend, known as “Innocence.”
A year later, Sasha leaves her father and her gay brother protecting the other exiles while she returns to Jaan. She begins her journey, unaware that an old enemy has gained arcane powers, or that the people of Jaan expect her to defeat that enemy. With the help of an outcast, a mutant, and an aging but heroic lesbian couple, Innocence might prevail.
This novel blends humor and romance with exciting fantasy action.
Winner, Allbooks Reviewers Choice Award.
Keywords: heroine, sword, sorcery, magic, lesbian, gay, camp, humor, dragons, teen heroes, YA, young adult, high fantasy.
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