The Scientist and the Savant by Mocha Von Bruen
Dear (Agent’s Name)
When Lara, a skeptical fourteen-year-old, befriends Finnian, an ageing musician, she is baffled as to why Red, his angry young cousin, is so jealous.
She soon works out it’s connected to Finnian’s blackthorn walking-stick, which looks completely normal to everyone – except her, and Red.
Finnian claims the stick is an Arthurian artefact, powerful enough to cause a cataclysm that annihilated Britain, transforming it into Arthur’s Wasteland way back in 6th century Wales.
Red maintains it’s been promised to him and views Lara as a threat.
Lara is well-informed on Arthur’s Wasteland thanks to her dad, a climate-change scientist eager to prove his theory that the Wasteland was caused by a super-volcano. She’ll take plenty of convincing to start believing in long-lost, magical treasures. Or that they’ve anything to do with her.
But as Finnian gives her unique insights into the cataclysm, Lara concludes he’s telling the truth. Caught between her dad’s contemporary world of science and Finnian’s older world of legend, Lara doesn’t want to lose her new friend and the magic that makes her feel so alive, but she doesn’t want to lose her dad either.
She needs Red’s help to find the solution. Only Red can’t stand her. And the feeling is mutual.
Set in past (6th century) and present Wales, THE SCIENTIST AND THE SAVANT is a character-driven YA fantasy which investigates the cause of Arthur’s Wasteland using contemporary science and historic tradition. Told with parallel timelines, it is complete at 85,000 words.
Thank you for your time and consideration,