Author: Jacquitta A. McManus
Illustrator: Mariam Trejo
Length: 110 pages
Genre: Fantasy Adventure / Middle Grade Book
For over 14 years, Nagoan Village had been safe from Empress Zarina and her Thor Warriors. The magic treaty, although frail, had been maintained. To help maintain that treaty, Anyia's father, the chief, kept magic out of the village to protect them. Anyia grew up not knowing she had magic, but that has all changed. With her magic awoken, she's now able to charge her battle stick, but it might not matter. Thor Warriors captured her mother and took her to Empress Zarina to break the treaty. To get her back, Anyia must go into the heart of Thor City, the place of stolen magic, and face her enemies. The cost will be high, and if she wants to succeed, she will have to give up her identity, trust a stranger, and rely on new friends.
Anyia, It Begins, is the second book in an epic story of a young feisty girl's journey to follow her dream. She will discover her real power when she leaves the only worlds she knows. This book explores identity, self-trust, and traditions. She will come face to face with Palens, the resistance, and a new foe. It's an excellent addition to any fantasy reader's collection. It's perfect for readers ages 8 to 12.