Could you decide to hunt outlaws to protect those who treat you like dirt?
Would you choose to help someone who you knew was not who they claimed to be?
Can you keep a secret with death lurking ever closer?
Not only does Marilana make her choices with confidence, but she is still in her youth, not yet considered an adult. A young lioness, fiercely devoted to her path as a bandit hunter, a student, a servant, and a healer, Marilana lives a lonely life. With few friends and a desolate future, she is suspicious of the new lion in her class. When Marquiese forces his way into Marilana's path, lives change.
Marquiese is living a lie. His life depends on his secret remaining hidden. When he lets his curiosity drive him close to Marilana, he risks everything. Is trusting her the biggest mistake of his life . . . or the only way he can survive?
Come, enter Mystillion and the Kingdom of Redsands and let the journey of Marilana and Marquiese lead you to fantastic places. You may even learn a little about yourself along the way.
About the Author
In 2010, she chose to leave the veterinary field in order to raise her family. She began to write in earnest at that time. She had started her first manuscript as a freshman in high school, but had only written in her spare time as a hobby. Now as a mother of two active boys, she has founded Avio Publishing, LLC and is very excited to have entered the ranks of independent publishers and authors.
"It's been a long journey to this point, but I don't regret any step of it. It has lead me to understand that imagination is the substance of creation. If I can imagine it, I can create it, at least on paper." ~IA Mullin
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Mystillion by IA Mullin is the first book in the Redsands series. Marilana is a lioness who lives as an outcast with her role as a servant and her job as a bandit hunter to keep people safe. A new lion, Marquiese, arrives at her school and she isn't sure he can be trusted or if he'll be like the other nobles looking to mistreat those of a lower status. Marquiese is immediately curious about her and as their paths cross, the two form a surprising bond. Their friendship could cost Marquiese everything when his secret is revealed and his presence in Mystillion could be discovered. Marilana must confront her past when the threat of the bandits grows and she turns to her new friends for help. The setting is a high fantasy society with the characters facing bad situations in a caste system favoring the upper class, which allows them to freely abuse anyone below them. One of the most poignant themes of the story is an abuse of power which is constant, thanks to this system that keeps the characters in a constant state of fear as they're powerless to stop anything that happens to them. The other big threat against the characters is the bandits which are violent and sadistic men who Marliana risks everything to stop. Mullin incorporates serious topics like abuse and rape which is never explicit with details but do play a serious part in the poignancy and meaning of the plot and also in the lives of each of the characters. IA Mullin has created stunning characters, all of which are anthropomorphic animals, to bring to life an epic world full of dangerous bandits and caste systems. Despite the seriousness of the story, Mullin weaves in some humor and lighter moments between Marilana and her friends. She carries the weight of everyone's lives and safety on her shoulders with anyone she fails to save haunting her to the point where she blames herself. Mystillion is a unique adventure with poignant themes of power, pain, healing, and friendship that are seen through the lives and struggles of various characters who face dangerous threats and pain from the past.