I don’t usually read science fiction or fantasy books, but when I came across author J.L. Wilson’s Facebook page I was intrigued by the title of her new book. As many of you know, my day job is teaching Latin, Ancient Greek and History and the word “Adyton” is very important to the God Apollo and his temple in Delphi. It is a very obscure word that many people have never heard of and I was impressed that it was in the title of the book.
I asked J.L. Wilson about the title and she agreed to send me a little synopsis and explanation about her book so I could share it with my readers. It looks very interesting and I am excited to see the connections with Greek myths in her book.
In J.L. Wilson’s own words: Renaria – Into the Adyton released on Nov. 7th, 2014 and is my debut Sci-Fi fantasy novel. With elements of mythology, magic, and gaming it generally leans Young-Adult, but I think it can be enjoyed by anyone ages 9-99. Readers have compared it to Divergent, Harry Potter, Narnia, and Jumanji.
It’s the year 2126, post-World War V. Leda, age seventeen, bounds through the lush forested region of the Desintor Foothills as a regal, bow-wielding, High-Elf Scout. That is, when she’s logged into her favorite MMO game: Renaria.
One crisp fall afternoon, an unseasonal storm fractures the sky of Trinton, New Texas with splinters of emerald lightning and otherworldly songs. Oddly, no one sees the storm except her brother and their guild mate Travis.
She brushes off the event as a fluke, but she can’t seem to get the song out of her mind. Suddenly, a new quest appears in her game directing her to the blue sand dunes of the Sinare Desert to meet Caleb, a legendary Elf Diviner.
Now she has a choice: Ignore the quest and turn off the game, or dive in and risk everything for a shot at an adventure.
Although not the main theme in book 1, J.L. Wilson’s interests in Greek Mythology and Astrophysics led her to interweave mythological characters into a “current” day, real-world setting. Characters related to Nyx (Night) and Erebos (Darkness), for example, are introduced in book one.
J.L. Wilson’s interests in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and video games grew from years of watching Star Trek, thanks to her mother. During her graduate studies in anthropology she focused primarily on humans and their interaction with technology. All kinds! Language, tools, cyborgs, etc. She reads anything she can get her hands on that involve space, wizards, or video games. In her debut fantasy novel, Renaria: Into the Adyton, she sought out to weave these interests together.
When not writing or reading you can find her in World of Warcraft, FFXIV or the latest MMORPG creating new characters or exploring new quests. She’s on Facebook and Twitter and currently lives in Texas with her husband, four kids (cats) and a dog.
Currently the book can be found in eBook format or paperback on Amazon.