Review by Anniek
Dagny and her family are travelers. For them it means that they take over bodies of the recently deceased until the time comes to travel again. They always spend a lot of time doing research and they make sure to start a life far enough away, so nobody recognizes their bodies. The prophecy says that the power of the Sun Goddess will return to earth, born during the winter solstice to a fallow daughter of Dionus. Her family believes that Dagny is the one. A seer once told her mother that she would have a child with the power of the Sun Goddess. They became travelers because of this prediction and as a result of the prophecy Dagny's family is very protective of her.
Marc is a witch and he has no idea that he is one. In his family/coven witches get their power at the age of seventeen. This is also the time when a person is told that he/she is a witch. The prophecy states that the Moon God will give his power to an Aradnian bloodline on the night that a fiery star passes between the moon and the earth. When the powers of the Sun Goddess and the Moon Goddess are reunited it will bring forth a battle that will determine the fate of all wiccan kind. His family thinks that Marc is the one the prophecy is talking about and they want to prevent it from happening. What will happen when Marc and Dagny meet each other?
Dagny has plenty of skills, but she has no idea that she's extremely powerful. What she does notice is that she doesn't have to chant spells to get things done. She can just think about something and it will happen. Dagny doesn't want her family to know this, which is why she chants anyway. Dagny feels like an empty shell. Traveling from body to body is incredibly hard on her. She hasn't mastered to keep her memories yet, so every time they travel Dagny loses part of it. She just wants to be a normal teenager and wants to stop running. When she meets Marc on a plane Dagny finally has the chance to live a little. Dagny is impulsive and reckless, but is also sweet and innocent. She intrigued me because she is still a child in a lot of ways, but can act responsible when she needs to. I hoped Marc would be the one who could make her stop running, they have an interesting connection that fascinated me from the moment they met.
Marc never knew he was a witch. He's a straight A student, is always prepared and organized and does everything by the rules. He's a good person. Marc truly cares about his family and the people around him. Recently he's been having cravings to do reckless things. He needs to feel the adrenaline. When he meets Dagny he is thrown by her appearance, not knowing that it is just a body that she has chosen to live in until the time comes to move on again. He thinks she's beautiful and tries
hard to get her attention. I really liked this part of the story and was anxious to find out what would happen when they'd get to know each other better.
The Travelers is an original story which captivated me from the beginning. The story pulled me in straight away and I loved to read about its new perspective on the wiccan world. K.L. Kranes knows how to make her characters interesting and I could effortlessly picture them in my mind. The strong family connections made the story even more amazing and I could easily understand them, as I share similar ones with my own family. K.L. Kranes tells her story in a fast pace, but never reveals too much information at once. I found it difficult to put The Travelers down. I wanted to keep reading because I needed to find out what would happen in the next chapter. This is K.L. Kranes's debut novel and I can't wait to find out what else she has in store for us.
The Travelers is action-packed and will keep you interested with all of its different twists and turns. If you love reading about witches combined with a new and original perspective The Travelers is certainly a story you should try.
About K.L. Kranes
K.L. Kranes lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband, daughter and their adorable dog. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Communications. K.L. moved to New York City after college and worked in public relations before returning to her true passions of writing and editing. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and trying out new potential hobbies. Her latest endeavors include driving her dog crazy as she learns the guitar and making a fool of herself as a novice swing dancer.
Writing The Travelers: The Many Faces of Inspiration
by K.L. Kranes
Inspiration is a tricky concept. It’s hard to define why some days my fingers suddenly begin typing and the words pour out of me, while other days I can stare at a screen and type nonsense that I erase. To pinpoint any one thing that inspired my young adult fantasy novel, The Travelers, isn’t easy. There's no one source. It came from many people, ideas and places.
#1 Inspiration from friends
A close friend of mine once said to me, “When you teach hate from the bottle, it’s hard to make change.” I found this comment very disturbing, mostly because, like most things that disturb us, it’s true. Our families, parents and even society teach us hate and we often just accept it without question. So, I wrote a book about two people taught to hate each other. Then, I made those characters question that hatred. And then, I had them fight back against it. My hope is that the story will entertain, but also inspire others to rethink negative ideas.
“Let me make sure I have this right. You want to kill people just because some dream and an old book say so?” – Marc, The Travelers
#2 Inspiration from books
I think reading begets writing and I’m a reader. Therefore, it’s not surprising that books inspire me. While I enjoy all genres, I definitely have an affinity toward fantasy books, particularly ones about witches and vampires. (But, no zombies, I really hate zombies.) In many of those books, particularly of the vampire variety, the wiser, much older, male character falls for a young girl, a relationship that would really not be appropriate by normal, non-supernatural standards. I wanted to turn this concept upside down. But, I didn’t want to write another vampire story, plenty amazing ones have been written already. Instead, I came up with the idea of Travelers who can move their souls from body to body and stay young for centuries. Then, I made the main Traveler character a teenage girl, or a woman in a girl’s body to be more accurate, who falls for a teenage boy.
#3 Inspiration from love
It may sound dorky, but I found inspiration for the love story from my own life. The book centers on this relationship between Marc and Dagny, who meet by chance on a plane. That chance encounter was actually based on real life, obviously without the witches and magic. Many of the details of that meeting in the book are exactly what happened when I met my husband on a plane from LA to Australia. I had an editor once make a comment that the scene “wasn’t realistic” and “would never happen like that.” I could only think “but it did!”
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