New Query for The Manda

It has a new name! A better one. But I’ll keep tagging it under it’s working name, so everything is all in the same place. But here’s my query:

Dear Agent,
Having lived in the remote Australian bush town for most of her life, seventeen-year-old Kira Hilta has avoided the outside world and the problems that go with it: the powerful factions, the rebels, and the Manda – a race of dangerous, silent shapeshifters. When Kira finally comes into contact with the Manda, they are not what she expects. They talk to her when they’re supposed to be incapable of speech. They’re intelligent, but bound to the will of the humans that control them.

The Manda resent being used as mindless tools by humanity, and they pour their hate of mankind into Kira’s head, until Kira is ready to jump into the nearest river to escape. But it isn’t Kira the Manda are interested in: Kira’s grandfather has something that is precious to the Manda and those that use them and he is killed for it. Kira sets out to hunt down his murderer. The world she enters is complex, political, and on the edge of collapse.

As she attempts to survive in this new world, Kira is drawn into it, developing an influence and connections of her own. When she discovers the identity of the killer, she must decide what to do. She can either seek closure through revenge, abandoning those reliant on her, or yield to the killer. Pressed for time, Kira decides to take the unexpected road, and conspiring with the Manda is looking like the unexpected best option.

“When the Mute Speak” is a completed young adult fantasy, of a approximately 58000 words. It’s themes and ideas follow in the tradition of Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy, and Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn.

Thank you for your time,

Sian Chapman

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