Rachel Carter

When your destiny is laid out for you from birth, it should be easy to fit into it. But that isn’t always the case.

On the planet of X48, everyone is born knowing their name and future, and deviating from that plan is unheard of. It sounds easy, but sixteen-year-old Zye isn’t so sure. Since birth, he’s been slated to become a soldier, but he’d much rather be a healer instead. After he graduates from high school, he receives orders to report as a soldier and travel to planet Silver. Here he will train to become a fierce warrior. But when he hears his older, war-hero brother speaking about an upcoming fight against a group of powerful magicians called the Draes, Zye uncovers a secret that will change everything he’s ever known.

Now, old powers left forgotten have begun to gain new strength, and Zye learns things about himself, his brother, and his planet he had never imagined. The young man who believed for so long that he was just one of millions now might be his planet’s only hope. Yet it is the tragic murder of Zye’s beloved older brother that spins his life out of control, and Zye’s future may, for the first time, be irrevocably altered.

Selected Reviews

I love the plot line and story! The underlying theme all throughout the novel is clear, and makes a meaningful statement. Would recommend. (Barnes And Noble)

one of my favourite books, thank you so much for writing it (iUniverse)

I originally picked up this book thinking that it was an early work by Rachel Carter of 'So Close to You'. Realizing my mistake but intrigued by the age of the author, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised that the author kept my attention until the end. However, there are times when descriptions in this book defy conventional logic. Riding Stars and horses often travel at incredible speeds. Zye's world is fantastic to say the least. Don't question. Just accept it and enter the world as the young author has imagined it. I am giving the book 4 stars because I enjoyed the story, despite the misspelled, duplicate and incorrect words that are scattered primarily across the first half of the book. The author also spends a little too much time describing horses and riding styles in the beginning. However, this settles out as the story progresses. I also feel that there should have been more closure at the end of this book. It is obviously book one of a series, but I turned the last page expecting another chapter and found 'to be continued'. I would love to see a reissue with corrections and a reworded final chapter that either ties up the ending a bit more neatly or ends on a real cliff hanger. Overall, I enjoyed the book and will definitely read the second one if it is published. I see a lot of promise in this author and encourage her to continue writing. (Amazon)