Rise by Luis Almonte
Rise is the first book of the Trifecta Series by Luis Almonte.
Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Alexia Wick is an ordinary girl, with extraordinary abilities. She attends the prestigious South Haven Academy for the Gifted and Talented, but unknown to the other students, she is an Alerium witch. The daughter of a High Priest and Priestess, Alexia must learn to navigate the pressures of high school, all while preparing for one of the biggest competitions of her life- the Annual Trials.
Skill, stamina, and loyalty will all be tested in Rise, the first installment of the Trifecta Series. In this debut contemporary fantasy novel, magic gets real as Alexia trains for the Annual Trials, which pits teen against teen, by focusing on her craft and pushing her magic and spell casting abilities to their absolute limit. When the handsome and confident Kaleb moves into town, he offers Alexia a welcome distraction from the Trials, but a dark secret could soon tear them apart.
In the trials arena, friendships will be put to the test, fears will be confronted head-on, and powerful spells will be unleashed. When Alexia is confronted with the ultimate game of chance, and is torn between her ﬁrst real love and the allegiance that binds her to her coven, will she buckle under the weight of the pressure … or will she rise to the challenge?
A Word from the Author
Rise is unlike anything else I’ve written before. As a poet and flash-fiction writer, I had to reach deep into my creative psyche to create the world that resides within the context of my debut young adult novel. When I first began this journey, I knew I wanted to create a story that read and felt differently from what is currently on the market, and I experimented with different points of views before finally settling on the first person narrative. By doing so, I hope I’ve created a three-dimensional character that readers can both identify with and root for, and that can’t help but tag along on Alexia’s journey alongside her. Here’s a brief synopsis of the novel:
Fifteen-year-old Alexia Wick seems like any other gifted student at South Haven Academy but she has a secret: she is a witch. Alexia’s life depends on keeping this secret…and success means that she’ll miss her chance at love.The daughter of a high priest and priestess of the Alerium coven, she must navigate cruel gossip and shaky alliances while preparing for the biggest competition of her life, the Annual Trials.
In Rise, the first of the Trifecta trilogy, magic gets real. As Alexia trains with her mentor on spells and combat-oriented magic, she pushes her abilities to their absolute limit. With the power to call up wind, fire and water, her magic is as deadly as it is beautiful. Add to the mix her creative blending of different spells to create new magic, and the boundaries break wide open.
As the three witch covens battle for control, the vampires take advantage of their weakened front. Facing an all-out war, she is torn between her ﬁrst real love and the allegiance that binds her to the Alerium coven. She must rise to the challenge in order to save everything she holds dear.
(Luis Almonte, November 2016)