Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins
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Published by Month9Books, LLC.
Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.
Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.
He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”
As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.
But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.
Writing Book Two: How Writing a Companion is Different than the First Book
Thank you for hosting me! This is such a great question.
Writing the first book in a series is all about discovery and new ideas. It’s young love that’s passionate and exciting! The third book in a series is really a culmination of a hundred little plot threads that all need to be tied off into one satisfying (hopefully freaking amazing!) bow.
Many authors will agree that writing the second book of a trilogy can be VERY difficult. Scarier still, many readers generally prefer the first and third books to the second in a series. Needless to say, I felt a lot of pressure when I approached this story.
When I set out to write CLANLESS, I didn’t want it to only be a bridge from the first book to the finale in book three. I wanted to give my readers a book that presented some huge, new conflicts, as well as its own big pay off at the end. Part of the trick to doing that is showing growth in the characters, growth in the relationships (romantic and platonic), and offering a richer understanding of the world and some of the other clans not featured as much in NAMELESS.
Most importantly, this book needed to up of the stakes for the series. (No sweat, right?)
In CLANLESS, no longer is Zo trying to get her sister out of the deadly Ram’s Gate. This book is about “gathering the team” and forging new allegiances. There are new threats and a lot of emotional turmoil for my main characters.
I wanted this book to end with Zo and Gryphon knowing exactly how they feel about each other. I have to say that the final scenes in CLANLESS are some of the most rewarding chapters I’ve ever written.
In the end, readers will just have to decide for themselves if I accomplished my goals with CLANLESS. I’m pretty proud of this book and can’t wait to share the third and final book with everyone in the spring.
Book one in the series, Nameless!
Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.