Do found families, queer af POC characters, and no romance sound like things that are right up your alley? Then definitely check out The Black Veins by Ashia Monet! You can check out the purchase links below:
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And today, I’ll be bringing you something I’m doing a lot more of lately, and which I’m finding I hella enjoy: character aesthetics!
Let’s get on with the show!
The Black Veins revolves around the adventures of the Guardians, seven teenagers whose bodies contain the essences of the seven elements of magic. These Guardians are the most powerful magicians currently alive, and so are hunted by various nefarious parties for their abilities. On top of that, they find themselves at the forefront of a dangerous magical war.
Let’s get to know the guardians a little better!
Blythe Fulton is the Guardian of Ether, easily the most powerful – and most dangerous – of the magical elements.
The Guardian of Ether has the ability to bend space and reality to her whim. While Blythe’s magical abilities have not yet manifested, she more than makes up for it by being a tough-as-nails natural leader, a caring daughter and sister, and a loyal friend.
Cordelia Deleon is the spoiled brat yet highly-competent Guardian of the Mind.
Despite displaying some selfish tendencies, Cordelia proves herself to have a heart of gold and a caring soul. True to her nature as a mind-reader and thought manipulator, Cordelia is the most stubborn of the Guardians. Her strong will and immovable nature put her at odds with Blythe, but the two end up becoming close friends when they discover they have more in common than they originally thought.
Shy, quiet Daniel Quinton, the Guardian of Nature has been hidden away from society all his life.
His parents, fearing the worst as a result of his powers, raised him in seclusion. But when war comes, Daniel has no choice but to step up and fight. He learns to overcome his fears and come into his own as a powerful magician with chaotic, unstoppable powers.
A true-born California surfer who talks a mile a minute, Antonio Torres is the Guardian of Animals.
Able to sprout wings and fly as well as speak with animals, Antonio is as unfailingly friendly and upbeat as the animals for whom he has the closest affinity: dogs. Although oftentimes annoyingly cheerful, there’s no denying that Antonio is the glue that holds the Guardians together.
Caspian Compton, the Guardian of Death, is an enigma the other Guardians can’t quite seem to understand.
Although reluctant to join the Guardians on their journey, he does so in order to find some answers about his dark, unfathomable powers. On the way, he discovers that having these abilities that scare him don’t mean there’s no hope for his own redemption. In the end, he throws in fully with the Guardians, knowing that his new family will always have his back.
Storm Crane, the Guardian of Time, is the strongest
Avenger of the Guardians, and a badass skater girl to boot.
A magical vigilante known as Napoleon, Storm Crane is perpetually ready to kick ass and take names. She gets around on a pair of fast-moving orange roller blades, and is always first one in, last one out when it comes to a fight. Despite being tough-talking and fast-punching, Storm develops a soft spot for the Guardians, especially Daniel, who she decides is in need of her protection. A true mama bear with no time for bullshit, Storm is definitely someone you don’t wanna mess with.
Joshua Hoffman, the Guardian of the Body, has a lot of learning to do.
Unlike the other Guardians, Joshua – or Jay, as he prefers to be called – begins the story totally unaware of who and what he is. A devil-may-care, go-with-the-flow kind of guy, Jay coasts through life on the tide of his wealthy parents’ money. He flirts with anyone and everyone, and seems to take nothing seriously. But war is coming, and the Guardians need Jay, just as much as he needs them.
Get to know the author of The Black Veins!
Ashia Monet is a speculative fiction author whose work almost always includes found families, diverse ensemble casts, the power of friendship, and equal parts humor and drama. Some of her favorite things are The Adventure Zone, Ariana Grande, and the color pink.