by Karina Kantas
Genre: YA Romantic Fantasy
‘Romance, Magic, Action…Illusional Reality has it all.’ Emily Woodmansee
Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie. Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filled with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction.
Becky will soon learn that her arrival is no accident. If learning that she is Thya, the heir of the enchanting land isn’t enough, she’s then told that an Oracle prophesied that she will save the gentle Tsinians from slavery and domination by Darthorn, the Warlord of Senx.
It is at a festival where she is introduced to the Tsinian council and her kinsmen, that she learns the whole truth. The council are so certain that a union between Darthorn’s son, Kovon and Thya will create peace between the two lands. However, Darthorn has plans for Tsinia as does Kovon for Thya and neither are good.
Although her future has been planned and if she is to save Tsinia she must marry Kovon, Thya gives her heart to another. A love that is forbidden and dangerous.
‘This story is unique. No typical fantasy stereotyping.’
“Wow, that was amazing. I have never seen anything like it. You really do get caught up in it, do you not?”
Omad and Alkazar laughed.
Siren left to speak to a friend, and soon Omad made his excuses to leave. “If you will absolve my departure, my lady, I speculate that my fellow Tsinians desire to converse.”
Thya watched as Omad walked over to a group of Tsinians that were similar in dress. They patted him on his back as if in congratulations.
She turned her attention back to Alkazar. She smiled at him and their eyes locked, until Alkazar broke away.
“Who do you surmise will be victorious?” he asked.
“I am sure the silver knights will win. They seem to be the stronger of the two. You are more familiar with the game, who do you think will win my favour?”
Alkazar laughed. “Nay, my lady. I disagree with your outcome. The team coloured red will triumph, for they are swifter.”
“Oh, I agree. The red dragons have more speed. Call it woman's intuition, if you will, only I am certain the silver knights will win.”
Alkazar threw back his head and laughed. “You possess strange expressions, Thya. Although if we ruled our land on intuition, as you name it, we would have lost our land to Darthorn long ago.”
Alkazar regretted his words as soon as they left his lips, although Thya seemed unaffected by his comment.
“So, a bet then?” she cried. “What will you give me if my team wins?”
“You retain the whole of Tsinia at your feet. What could I possess that you would claim as your reward?”
Thya didn't reply.
Leaning in closer, he lowered his voice. “More to the point, my lady, what could you offer me?” His eyes bored into her soul. “Alas, regretfully, I will decline.”
“Why so?” Thya asked.
His eyes shone as did his smile. “I do not gamble for I am fearful of the amount I could lose."
He smiled again, only his eyes saddened and his grin faded. “Pardon, my lady. Unfortunately, I am requested elsewhere. I hope you enjoy the remainder of the tournament. I look forward to concluding our conversation.” He bowed, and then left.
To Thya's annoyance, Siren met him. She took his arm and guided him to the other side of the arena, but not before glancing over her shoulder and giving Thya a look of triumph. Thya turned away, when what she should have done was smile and wave back. Why give Siren the satisfaction of knowing how uncomfortable she was at seeing
Karina Kantas is the author of the popular MC thriller series, OUTLAW and the loved romantic fantasy, Illusional Reality
She also writes short stories and when her imagination is working overtime, she writes thought-provoking dark flash fiction.
There are many layers to Karina's writing style and voice, as you will see in her flash fiction collection, Heads & Tales and in UNDRESSED she opens up more to her fans, giving them another glimpse into her warped mind.
When Karina isn't busy working on her next bestseller, she's designing teasers, book trailers, recording audio or videoing small readings and then working on Twitter and FB posts. She's also the host of a popular radio show, Author Assist on the Artist First Radio Network.
Karina writes in the genres of fantasy, MC romance, Young Adult. sci-fi, horror, thrillers and comedy.
Her inspirations are the author S.E.Hinton and the rock band, Iron Maiden.