QUISTA (Book One: Danay)
"Danay, my par’mida, you are important.
One day you will see this too."
Danay is an outsider on the water planet of Uma’Three. She’s too tall, too thin, she doesn’t have second lungs, and the water dries out her skin to the point she has to wear a reversed wet’skn just to survive.
When her Nan’Dah gives her a coming of age bracelet on her fifteenth birthday, she knows she won’t get a courtship pearl from anyone. She’s happy enough when the one boy she likes mysteriously returns after being gone for a whole Turn, but she isn’t surprised to discover he’s more interested in her best friend. That is … until he sees her bracelet. The braid has Danay’s pet name woven into it. Par’mida: ‘Precious One’ her Nan’Dah says. Phillip seems to think it means something different and now he won’t leave Danay’s side.
Something doesn’t seem right. Phillip is nervous around officials and he can’t answer any of her questions. And then the Emperor’s fleet arrives to perform loyalty tests. Caught in the middle and branded a traitor, Danay is swept into a secretive rebellion. When her best friend is taken by the Emperor’s men, Danay will have to learn that only she has the power to save the ones she loves.
About the Author:
Aviva Bel’Harold writes young adult fiction: Horror, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, etc. — as long as the characters are young, full of life, and out for adventure.
When she’s writing, you’ll find her curled up on a sofa with a pen and a pad of paper, surrounded by her adorable puppies.
Born in Winnipeg and raised in Vancouver, Aviva Bel’Harold currently resides in Calgary with her husband, four children, and a pack of dachshunds. [MORE]
"A fascinating and vivid story. Bel'Harold does a wonderful job of creating an imaginative and beautiful world that paints itself into the reader's imagination. The plot is at it's roots a good vs. evil story, however as Danay discovers her identity she also grapples with the question of what actions are honorable." - amkj, LibraryThing
"I can tell you I truly enjoyed the journey so far....I read the story in one sitting as it engaged me from the mere beginning, I was hooked and taken by what was going on. I needed to know what would happen. Who was who, and who to believe and trust." - Kathy, lovewordsandbooks
"Better than I expected and very easy to read. Aimed at a young teenage audience..." - Cfraser, LibraryThing
"Quista is beautifully unique and original, blending familiar parts of life on Earth with fascinating aspects of realities on new planets. The story of Danay’s journey is rich, full of adventure, and sure to leave you wanting more." - Toria Spencer
"Quista:Book One: Danay is a pretty good story for preteen or young teen readers who like stories about magic. Although it starts out like a science fiction, it switches partway through, dealing with magic more and more as Danay finds out about her past." - Junebaby, LibraryThing
"A combination of fascinating landscapes and intriguing characters keep you turning the page in Quista. Bel'Harold brought not just one world to life, but an entire universe as she weaves this tale. This is a book to get lost in. A fantastic addition anyone's library, Quista will pull you in and leave you wanting more when you're done that last page." - D. C. Menard
"...a must read for anyone who loves travel and adventure. Love is found in the most unsuspected people and places." - Sarah Hein
"The world is so immersive it drags you in by having a blend of new exciting alien concepts as well as having familiar things you would find on earth giving a fascinating contrast to just the setting itself." - Connor Tisdale