LEGACY (Book One)

SYNOPSIS

A sensible young nobleman, Leaf Watson, and his sister, Willow Oak, live a rustic medieval life rich in traditions and chivalry. Sealed inside an experimental biodome since infancy, they have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable community devoid of Outsider interference.

They are unwitting pioneers on a path toward confined interplanetary homesteading.

Life within their walled garden is predictable and peaceful until the unthinkable happens. With his dying breath, Leaf and Willow’s noble father bequeaths a family secret, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf’s head. Grief-stricken and afraid for their lives, the siblings defy their upbringing by connecting with Fillion Nichols, a punk hacker who, unbeknownst to them, is linked to their lives in shocking ways. Their encounter launches Fillion into a battle with his turbulent past as he urgently decodes the many secrets that bind them together, a necessity for each to survive.

Youth cultures clash when the high technology of the Anime Tech Movement collides with the Middle Ages in a quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal and love.

* Cover artwork by the incredible  Amalia Chitulescu

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EXCERPTS

“Multi-colored lights flashed and glared on the wet road and cast eerie reflections, reminiscent of artistic surrealism. Fillion imagined that his distress and anger swirled and moved with the refracted lights, creating an urban masterpiece of demented fury.”

FILLION NICHOLS —

 

“As the leaves randomly fell, she contemplated how they sacrificially gave up their essence to sustain new life. Or was it the tree’s sacrifice? Each leaf was a part of Gaia’s play. Their final act: to decompose so a new level of soil could be made, an earthen writing tablet for the next layer of history to be recorded. One generation became the groundwork for the next. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Nothing was exempt, not even the leaves.”

— WILLOW OAK WATSON —

 

“Secrets upon secrets were weaving into a strange and mysterious fabric that would ultimately clothe his future.”

LEAF WATSON —

AWARDS and HONORS

Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media

2014 CYGNUS AWARD for best in SciFi/Fantasy

1st in Category - Great Beginnings 

1st in Category - Cyberpunk

Indie Excellence Book Award

2014 FINALIST - Science Fiction

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 Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media

2014 DANTIE ROSETTI AWARD for best in Young Adult Fiction

1st in Category - Cyberpunk

Book of the Year GRAND PRIZE Award

COMMUNITY REVIEWS 

Joannah Miley The Immortal Game Picture

“I have never read a book like Legacy before, and that is a shame!...The book blew me away with the two completely different worlds contained within it...Both worlds are richly imagined, the characters are well developed,  Ms. Sundin’s descriptions are wonderful, and her writing borders on the poetic. My only complaint about the book is that I will have to wait for book two to see what happens next!

   -    Joannah Miley, Award-winning Author of  The Immortal Game

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“Jesikah Sundin is pioneering a whole new genre: near-future medieval fantasy with a cyberpunk twist…Not only was the world-building detailed and believable, but Sundin also makes some interesting commentary/ predictions about where the current state of affairs will take American culture in the next fifty-odd years, something that a lot of near-future writing attempts to do but does not always succeed at. Sundin’s portrayal of the evolution of technology and society are neither far-fetched nor boringly familiar, but just right. My only complaint is that now I have to wait for book two!”

   -    Selah J. Tay-Song, Award-winning Author of Dream of a Vast Blue Cavern

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“Every time I picked up the book, I felt like I was there with the characters, and when I wasn’t reading, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Legacy really is that gripping! I was impressed with Sundin’s details and the originality of her story. Deception, betrayal, mystery, love, the loss of innocence—this novel has it all. I am looking forward to reading book two!”

   -    Candi Sary, Award-winning Author of Black Crow White Lie

Amanda June Hagarty profile book

"I would describe the book as a kind of cyberpunk meets medieval re-constructionist society. Two things you would never have thought to combine! It has a utopia/dystopia juxtaposition that you just have to experience for yourself...Reading this book offers front row seats to watching these two radically different worlds collide in slow motion. I can't wait to see how the series ends."

-   Amanda June Hagarty, Author of Little Lacey

Artic Fricbergs profile book

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Legacy is a character driven visual feast. Jesikah's detailed writing style emulates descriptive ornamental idioms befitting medieval nobility and the days of King Arthur, juxtaposed with cyberpunk, "Blade Runneresque", dystopian and science fiction themes. The brave blend of these motifs had the potential of having an oil and water clunkiness to them, but Jesikah pulled it off brilliantly. Legacy becomes an intense examination of relationships, family, love, loss, conflict, and futuristic societal culture. I was completely immersed and convinced of the rich visual world and the characters living and breathing before me. Well done, what a debut."

-   Artis Fricbergs, Author of The Muskokans

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