Version 4. (For the previous version, scroll down)
All in all. Same stuff. Different take.
Goodness, after fifteen years of living with this story, you'd think I'd have a better time of cobbling together a query. Doesn't help to have this the same week as the school holidays. One whine from her and that carefully thought sentence is just gone!
At least this query is shorter. Seriously. It jumped from two hundred in the original to nearly three hundred and now we're at just under two hundred and fifty. I think that deserves some chocolate and a good night's sleep.
Love. Family. Being a Rogue, Veng has little chance at either. He is subject to possession by Lorric, the God of Lust, and hunted by normal folk. That does not stop him from harbouring the idealistic wish for both. But it is clear to him and those around him that he is not normal. He knows the blame for that rests on the alien humans and their genetic manipulations of native DNA. Whereas others have believed him to be from a species long thought to be extinct.
Both are right. And he's not the only one the humans have brought into being.
Veng's steady, if not very peaceful, existence explodes when Lasil, the young woman he once saved as a little girl, comes into his life. In protecting her, he falls in love and, in turn, faces a plot from the powerful All Mother. A son is demanded of him. To keep Veng hidden from Lorric's sight, his soul is stolen and gifted to a goddess slightly less dark than the devil who already has his shadow.
Lorric is not content to allow this piecemeal ownership of what should be his. The god retaliates to the loss and, staging a willing departure, Lasil is kidnapped. Years pass before Veng learns the reality of her disappearance. Lorric plans to make her his priestess unless Veng risks the last portion of his life to free Lasil from the god's clutches before Lorric can bend her to his will.
THE ROGUE KING is a science fantasy told through the point of view of Veng, Lasil and their son. At 199,000 words, and written to stand on its own, it is the first in a proposed duo.
Thank you for your time.
Well, come on. Take a crack at it. ^_^