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On Lavender Tides

(The first book in the Jekua series)
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Ever since he was a kid, all Balt Vana wanted was to be a world-renowned Jekua Summoner like his grandmother, battling other Summoners in front of audiences of thousands. But from where he stands now, living up to the Vana name feels impossible.

When his best friend Alani, an initiate at the local Church, is sent on a pilgrimage to find her path in life and the god she will follow, Balt sees the perfect opportunity to launch his career by escorting her across the archipelago and its purple seas. The islands are filled with monsters to imprint and Summoners to battle, with every victory bringing him one step closer to his dream.

It will take more than just his family name to reach the same heights as his grandmother, but Balt won't stop until he does.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"This book not only set a new bar in progression fantasy for me, but it also showed how wildly creative and immersive the genre can be when in good hands. An absolute triumph!" - Zamil Akhtar

"On Lavender Tides is an interesting book, with a unique setting, interesting magitech, and lots of interesting mysteries for the world to explore." - Tobias Begley

"Some books make me want to shout to the world how much I love them, to try and convince everyone to read them. On Lavender Tides makes me want to retreat into a cave with all the existing copies and slowly turn into Gollum as I refuse to share with anyone else. Travis has absolutely knocked it out of the park with On Lavender Tides, and it is... precious to me." - John Bierce

"The creativity shown here also really blew me away ... really shows off some stellar world-building and does a fantastic job of weaving in the Progression Fantasy elements, which slot in so well that I'm a bit surprised it hasn't been done before." - Bernie Anés Paz

"Riddle absolutely nails the atmosphere, pace and magic of a youthful progression fantasy, with his own unique touch of humour and brilliantly unusual creativity. He has a great flair for casually offering up an environment you're just happy to spend time in, then spicing it with drama that keeps you flipping the pages." - Phil Williams

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