Elemental Manipulation. Only those with the power can train to become a Draev Guardian.
Cyrus Sole hates life. She’s only half-human, with weak wrists, and not a day goes by when someone doesn’t say something mean about it—especially her step-mom. But when the forbidden power to manipulate metal awakens inside her, she finds herself on the run as the Argos Corps is sent to kill her…
Aken is a Scourgeblood, the last in a line of monsters. But all he really wants is to gain wings and be free. Until a new power suddenly awakens, changing the course of his life...
The Draev Guardian Academy is their only sanctuary. But training to become a Draev won’t be easy. Cyrus has to hide her human side, as she gets placed in Floor Harlow with the outcast students, and nightmares of her deceased mother keep returning.
With creepy Corpsed on the prowl, and whispers of Cyrus possibly being a reborn Hero, both she and Aken find themselves caught up in a web of secrets, racial tension, and an old legend with enemies that could spell their untimely demise…
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“Fresh and original” aren't words I often use in connection with a story that revolves primarily around vampires, but they absolutely apply to Strayborn. Thankfully, Strayborn steers well away from all the usual tropes that afflict YA vampire novels…so much so that I wouldn't actually saddle it with that category. The vampires of this story (called “vempar”) are a clever and richly-detailed new take on the mythological creature that's a far cry from the stock blood-drinker archetype you'll find in most YA fantasy. This isn't a “vampire novel,” it's more of a gothic version of Harry Potter. The cast of characters is likable and engaging, the plot has a number of unexpected twists, and there's a good balance of humor and earned moments of darkness. The deep worldbuilding and teases of further revelations about main characters leave plenty of room for future stories to carry the series forward. I'm definitely on board to find out what happens next. Highly recommended.