Zerah’s Chosen is a YA fantasy novella. It centers around the world of Zerah and the five who are “chosen” to be Guardians or protectors of their world. The guardians of the elements of Life and Death are born to every generation. They are marked from birth and taken to the temple for training when they are very young. They are trained to harness their powers and live by the Code which dictates they be selfless because the people of Zerah are supposed to be their main concern.
Kieran was born with the Death markings but his mother hid him because she didn’t want to be separated from him. When he accidentally kills a seer, he is found and taken to the temple and his mother imprisoned and isolated for her actions. At the temple, Kieran begins to forge a relationship with the four other guardians but feels like an outside. He finds himself attracted to Amaya, the embodiment of water. This is where things get complicated for Kieran and Amaya. As guardians they are not allowed any other feelings other than friendship and brotherhood/sisterhood. But they find themselves attracted to each other, desiring and needing each other.
Zerah’s Chosen was a great read filled with a wonderful cast of supporting characters as well as dynamic main characters. This story will hold your attention and have you turning pages to see what happens next. There are many layers in the short span of this novella that are woven into the storyline and world building expertly by Ms. Santiago. I look forward to the next novella in this intriguing series.
In Zerah, Guardians of Water, Air, Fire, Earth, Life and Death are chosen by The Beings to serve their people. Able to feel the emotions the Beings cannot, they help their world stay in balance.
Guardians live and die together, but when Kieran is born with the marks that prove he's the Guardian of Death, his mother hides him instead of giving him up to the temple. She loves him too much to lose him. But then he starts seeing people die, and they're begging him for help. Trying to remove the "curse", he inadvertently kills a seer and is brought to the attention of the temple.
His mother is imprisoned and he's turned over to the temple. The rest of his life, he's expected to live there, study with the other Guardians, learn the right ways to use his power.
Amaya, the embodiment of Water, breaks through his brittle shell, helps him to see that all of life isn't bleak, but they've sworn a vow and love for one another isn't part of it. He'll never know the people he must eventually lead into the next life, never know love, never be free.
If he stays...