The Amakai series follows Eila Corbin on her journey through time and around the world. Beginning with The Grasp of Time, the Amakai series includes science fiction and fantasy elements, and features elves, dwarves, dragons, cyborgs, vampires, mages, virtual world hackers, and more. It might best be classified as a “new adult” slipstream series, and will come to encompass eight novels in the main story arc, side stories, and perhaps more.
The Grasp of Time started as a custom, one-on-one roleplaying game between a wordsmith (Raven) and a talespinner (Robin) back in 1998. After completing the game over nine months of evenings, Raven wrote down what she could remember, making notes, and trying to capture bits of dialogue. Though they went back and forth on developing the story, their break-up put brakes on the story.
It wasn’t until the summer of 2009, after reconnecting, that they talked of reviving Eila’s story. They wrote the draft together in three weeks via chat and private, online journals. The sequel, Seal Breaker, was drafted a week after completing The Grasp of Time. Though the series was set aside for other projects–and life–between drafts, the first book debuted in 2017 and Seal Breaker in 2019.
Book 1: The Grasp of Time
Eila Corbin, a modern-day university student, is pulled into a fantastical future where magic and technology are at odds, and mythical beings live among the mundane. While Eila avoids the deadly hands that brought her through time, she finds help from a dwarf, a dragon, and a love that cannot return with her.
The Grasp of Time is the first volume in the new-adult, slipstream collaborative series, Amakai, by Raven J. Demers and Robin Wood. This series contains coloring pages by Emily P. Fuller, and invites readers to interact with the story. Published November 18th, 2017, it is available for purchase in print, and for Kindle and Nook. Also available digitally at a reduced price on Etsy.
Book 2: Seal Breaker
Eila Corbin returns to her own time and must find a magical oasis in the Drought or perish. She is brought into the hidden realms of the Forgotten, while continuing the illusion of an ordinary, human life—a life threatened by her prevailing obsession with recently-discovered artifacts that possess the power to shatter the world.
Continue the saga of the Amakai in this new adult sequel to The Grasp of Time. Includes ten new coloring pages from two talented illustrators.