Monday, October 31, 2011

The One Who Sees: Notes

The One Who Sees
Jodi Ralston
Copyright 2011 Jodi Ralston

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Posting Note: 

Earlier, I was undecided about whether to post a large snippet of my first ebook, The One Who Sees, or to post it free briefly.  I decided on both. 
From November 1, 2011 to November 13, 2011, this novelette was posted in its entirety.  As of November 14, 2011, it has been reduced to a sizable snippet.  The entire work is about 18,000 words, and it is mythic fantasy; the remaining snippet is about half that size.

Title Page and Front Matter:

The One Who Sees 
by Jodi Ralston

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Copyright 2011 by Jodi Ralston.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

Original cover art image by nuttakit. Cover by Jodi Ralston.


After nearly drowning in a lake, young Osan of the First Sister tribe gains shaman-sight, the ability to see the souls dwelling inside people. In doing so, he discovers the secret shamans have kept from everyone: the souls are inside the wrong bodies and have been so since birth.  More than that, the soul of his dead brother is still alive, inhabiting the body of the enemy chieftain's son. This is the very soul the shaman of Osan's tribe holds hostage in order to start a war. The shaman does not care that the souls are misplaced, that souls of the First Sister tribe live on both sides of the battle line, that in essence family will end up killing family.  He just wants to expand his domain and gain more power. He wants the enemy dead or enslaved.

But Osan knows, and it draws on his greatest pain:  Several years ago, fear of the shaman prevented Osan from seeking the shaman's aid when the enemy's plague swept the tribe.  Osan's family died because of his cowardice.

This time, Osan won't let fear stop him from doing what is right. He will steal his brother's soul and return it to its current, foreign body. He will do this even if it means he will never see his brother again, even if it means exile, even if it means death. For that is the only way he can stop the war and the killing, and it is the only hope he has to reveal the truth about souls that the shamans hide.

Purchasing Availability:

This story is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble currently.  I am working on a Smashwords version as well.  The price is $0.99.  If you enjoy The One Who Sees, please consider purchasing a copy or spreading the url.  Thanks!


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