Two warriors, ancient enemies: one sired her, one raised her -- which will she betray?
Thea’s Daharshan sire abandons his newborn daughter to his A’talan enemies, leaving her with a birthgift more precious than emeralds -- a just weaned Daharshan filly. Pell a’Sada, warleader of one of the five A’talan Tribes finds Thea in a Sada horse pen, squalling filly at her side. On her hand is a Mudra, symbol of the A’talan Creator gods -- for which this child was abandoned. This sign convinces the a’Shara to take an enemy’s child into his Creche, grooming her to become a warrior, a Venari like himself.
Thea worships Pell, doing what it takes to make him proud, excelling as a rider, archer and hunter. She lives for turning seventeen and ascending -- becoming Venari -- with all the rights of an A’talan citizen. No more will the Sada mock her for her Daharshan origins, claiming ‘Blood tells.’ She’ll prove she’s good as anyone, as loyal, honorable and brave, all the while refusing to acknowledge that her Tribe’s Daharshan enemies will have her honey gold skin, that one of them could be her brother.
Given To The Wind explores how fathering contributes to a girl’s ascent into womanhood. The series challenges assumptions about gender and family. Set in a vividly portrayed world of horse cultures, of haves and have nots, outcast Thea fights to make a place for herself -- and when love becomes hate, rises above it. As she walks her difficult path, the love of a man with Magic in his touch leads Thea to understand that her Mudra -- The Mother’s Mark -- means loving without conditions. Without rights, without means, Thea learns service to others is the true mark of honor.
Cordia Pearson, lifelong ‘horse obsessed’ is one of fifteen Society of Master Saddlers Qualified Saddle Fitters in the US. A breeder of Morgan horses, she brings to life the heartbeat of being a ‘horse person’, of love everlasting and rising above birth through grit, determination and passion.
Book Two is in revision. Three is plotted. It would be a privilege to send a partial or the completed manuscript for your consideration. Thank you for this first look.