"Who Knew Flies Had Magic?"
The Flykeeper Chronicles opens a whole new world of imagination and fantasy. There is a time when the ordinary must rise. Lani's time has come.
Published: May 21st, 2016
In a broken America, seventeen-year old Iolani Bearse encounters a world full of wonder and danger.
Lani discovers a secret: houseflies have magic.
Stealers have no mercy.
Armed with memory-draining lanterns, the stone-cold hunters relentlessly follow catastrophes, laying traps, preying on the weak.
Together with her father, Eleanor, Sam, and Mango, her beloved pinto mare, Lani rescues victims from the grasp of Memory Stealers. One by one, she saves whomever she can, looking for any path that leads to safety. When her family’s farmhouse is attacked, Lani must act quickly to save those she loves.
Can Lani unmask their powerful, hidden enemies before the flies’ magic fails and everything burns to ashes?
Will the loss of one of her greatest friends become her downfall?
Can Lani overcome the evil that is tearing her world apart, flying blind?
Mercy in Dystopia genre
Well, in the television show Z-Nation, “Mercy” means death provided by a stab to the skull. Not the kind of mercy taught in churches or in politics. Mercy in the genre of Dystopia means making the hard choices, for the good of the group, and trying to accomplish what you need for survival with minimum damage to others around you. Mercy isn’t heroic. It’s vulnerable. It’s scary. You can’t be safe and merciful at the same time. One or the other: every choice.
And yet every hero we follow, in television or books, takes that chance-- shows that mercy. While it is a risk, it is the wisest and strongest among the characters who is still willing to try. It is because they believe that there is an innate goodness in people, something worth saving. And it is because of friendship with other strong characters that mercy can be offered. It is an expensive gambit; Mercy is the ultimate double-edged sword.
But that singular choice is what makes a character an actual hero. Choosing hope, finding friends, offering mercy instead of safety: those are the actions of a great leader. It’s true in the dystopian genre as it is in real life: we are greater when we trust others. Some will take us for fools, but those are best left to the scythe of Karma. Mercy is the hero-defining trait in the stories we love and in those real life friends we trust with our own lives.
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