Carrying A Torch (Virian Companions Book 1)

by Xanxa Symanah

First of the Virian Companions

First of the Virian Companions, telling the back-stories of Mustapha Morphew and Malawi Redigan, the lovers who never really were.

Mustapha comes from one of the old Northern Virian travelling clans, but a chance meeting with a sorcerer from another world makes him yearn for more than the usual routine. His curiosity leads him in unexpected directions and his fascination with gambling shapes his future in ways which he could never have imagined.

Malawi was born into a privileged Southern Virian family, growing up in a large mansion on the outskirts of the capital. She always feels overshadowed by her glamorous and graceful elder sister. The enduring feelings of jealousy shape her life and lead her to embrace the darker side of her nature.

When the two meet, strong feelings are unleashed and their lives are transformed beyond all expectations. Mustapha pursues the unattainable Malawi, even though she regards him as a mere plaything, to be discarded once the initial excitement wears off.

Eventually, Mustapha realises that she will never love him, but by that time, his life is in ruins, with no prospects for a happy future. Can he find love in the arms of another woman or will he be forever doomed to a life of poverty and misery?

Publisher: Symanah Publishing
Tropes: Ancient Weapon, Becoming a Monster, Big Sword, Dark Enemy, Prophesy, Secret Society
Setting: Fenian Galaxy, Planets Viria and Yttria
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

About the Author

Sarah Xanxa Wallace (AKA Xanxa Symanah and Xanxa Raggatt) has always been involved in creative writing. In fact, before she learned to read and write, she would make up stories, telling them to anyone who would listen, or simply reciting them to herself when she lacked an audience.

She is also a poet, having had some of her poetry published in an anthology which was brought out by a Brasilian University publishing house. Some of her poems have also featured on drug abuse awareness websites, youth club websites and other creative communities online.

Her main areas of work are epic and urban fantasy. She has written seven fantasy novels with the collective title The Virian Chronicles and is currently working on offshoot novels collectively entitled The Virian Companions and The Vyrdigaan Prophecies. She has also written one detective novel and published a collection of her dark poetry.

She is married to the home-based progressive rock musician Ian Vincent Wallace (formerly Ian Raggatt) and she wrote a novella to accompany one of his albums, The Presence, telling the story of the concept in her own words. The novella was distributed with the first batch of CDs released but is now only available in ebook format.

Besides creative writing, she has a keen interest in fantasy and science-fiction movies and TV shows, travel, languages and music.

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