Corinne Duyvis is a novelist and short story writer. She’s a graduate of the Clarion West writer’s workshop and lives in Amsterdam. Visit her online at corinneduyvis.net.
Every time Nolan closes his eyes, he doesn’t see darkness. Instead, he’s transported into the mind of Amara, a girl living in a different world. Nolan’s world is our world, full of history tests, family problems, and laundry; his parents think he has epilepsy, judging from his frequent blackouts. Amara’s world is full of magic and danger, and she’s a mute slave girl who’s tasked with protecting a renegade princess. Nolan is only an observer in Amara’s worlduntil he’s not. At first, Amara is terrified by this new presence controlling her. But they eventually learn that the only way to protect the princess and escape danger is to work together. A fascinating premise, clearly and compellingly written and imagined by a startlingly original debut writer.