For all of you following this blog, I thought you might like to see a part of the query I finalized and sent off to the agent I pitched. In it you can get a thumbnail of my book:
Like all young adults, Lis struggles with life choices. But some decisions are more critical than others, especially when you’re being hunted. For dragon wolves prowl the hills near Sarnow and in their haunting cries, Lis can hear words. These wilk are calling for her.
Political pressure is everywhere in 1446, the second year Polonia, medieval Poland, has been without a king. The Dragon Party is pressuring for Casimir’s election while the Polonian nobles who resist him need a candidate to lead them. Lis could be that leader because unknown to the young healer, she is one of the Hidden. Her grandmother, elected King, then married to the Duke of Lithia, died after giving birth. Few know that her baby survived, hidden to keep her safe from the father who coveted the throne so much he sent his dragon wilk to kill his wife and child.
Ten years ago when the old king died, Jerzy, Lis’ father, took Lis deeper into hiding to Sarnow. He assumed the guise of mayor, blacksmith, and owner of the village inn, The Bear’s Den. Now, the throne is empty once more and the dragon wilk on the move. With these dwilk hunting near Sarnow, the anonymity that has kept Lis safe is no longer enough to protect her.
Jerzy will take her to the Castle in the Clouds to safeguard her while Lis undergoes a test to see if she, too, is one of the wilk, a neuri shapeshifter, who in Polonia take the form of wolves. His job will not be easy. As the secrets of her history unravel, Lis demands to control her own destiny. With the help of her friends, along with a Keeper of the Old Gods, a wilk healer and a mysterious circle of Guardian wilk protectors, Lis must stay alive long enough to decide which call she will answer, the one to heal or the one to lead.
The Call fills our need for heroes, noble wilk to love, as well as giving us dwilk, dragon wilk, to hate. No mindless werewolves, these creatures have gifts of empathy and telepathy that create a choice: Use these abilities to serve their land and its people, or to seize power for personal gain by controlling the minds of others.
A third generation American, like Lis I knew almost nothing of my grandparents except a romantic story of how one grandfather got to America at 17 after being smuggled out of Poland in a coffin. It was in trying to find my roots that I discovered the kernel of history that led me to write The Call.
Other than the intro and concluding paragraphs that is my query. So tell me: Would you buy this book?