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Gray must embrace either the wild beast in his soul, or the destructive human in his mind. Good hook.
Born with the mind of a man and the soul of a wolf, nineteen-year-old Gray Lupelle hopes the kingdom of Starfall will be a place free of persecution. Unlike his home in Tymeria, Paladins you might need to make it clear what a Paladin is are not permitted to hunt wolfborn and other non-human races inside the limits of the kingdom. But when a rogue wolfborn fails in assassinating the Tymerian king, his actions destabilize two hundred years of fragile peace between Tymeria and Starfall. You might want to be clear on why his would affect relations between the two kingdoms — is it because Starfall harbors the worlborn?
Suddenly, the loyalty of the wolfborn are questioned. Loyalty to whom? Time I’m not sure this is the best phrasing has made the wolfborn feared for the same reason they were loved during the war against Tymeria: They are superior warriors.
When Gray is offered a deal by who? sparing his siblings from the slaughter who is slaughtering them and why?, he must make an impossible decision: his siblings or his entire race. If he saves his siblings by helping helping who? in the eradication of his entire race, he’ll be rewarded with their permanent hatred. If he fights against who?, he risks the possibility of joining them in extinction. One thing is certain – he must kill to survive. Good sinker.
Told through several character viewpoints, WOLFBORN is a New Adult Fantasy novel of 94,000 words.