The Holder's Dominion
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After her father’s death on a mountain rescue mission, Kaylie Ames watched her family shatter. She fled Tacoma for college in faraway Austin, figuring that even the worst campus drama would be a relief. But when her old friend Elliott turns up on his knees in the grocery store aisle, raving about something called a morphis, Kaylie feels compelled to enter Elliott’s unfamiliar world.
Guided by Elliott and his friends, Kaylie signs on to the massively popular online game Edannair. There she discovers a world of beautiful vistas and magical creatures, where people from all over the globe step into the roles of warriors on fantastical quests. But a real-world evil threatens the players: the mysterious Holder, leader of the elite team known as Sarkmarr, is coercing his followers into traumatic offline dares known as “morphis assignments.” To save her friends, Kaylie must infiltrate Sarkmarr and survive the Holder’s tests.
Will she find the courage there to hold her real-world family together?
Genese Davis grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and went on to the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in English. She taught and competed in dressage, studied fashion, and then took her competitive instincts to the fast-paced world of finance. She discovered the world of PC and console games as an adult and started playing MMOs almost a decade ago; she experienced more serious gaming while playing with competitive guilds in Final Fantasy XI and World of Warcraft and cracked the top 100 in the world for her class in the latter. During her time in-game, she gained a passion for the community as well as a vast admiration for video games and their artists, culture, and development. These experiences laid the foundation for her novel, The Holder's Dominion, where Davis brings her own experience and insider knowledge to a novel that engages dedicated players and non-gamers alike. Davis is also the owner of The Gamer In You, an online movement offering new meaning to the word 'gamer.' As a thought leader in video game culture and its social development, Davis aims to bridge the gap between families and friends of gamers who wonder about the allure behind their loved ones' fascination with video games. She lives in Irvine, California, where she advocates for her other passion: animal rescue.
An absolute must read for anyone who has felt the call of an MMO (community game), and a worthy honest human story for everyone else. Can't wait to follow this authors career.
Welcome to Edennair
The Holder's Dominion is more than just a story of gaming. This breakthrough novel is a complex tale of grief, belonging, healing and redemption. And yes, gaming!
Kaylie Ames and her family have fallen to pieces after the death of her father. To cope, she leaves home and heads to Texas for college. There, amidst studying and simply existing, Kaylie is pulled into a virtual gaming world beyond her imagination.
Kaylie and her family were understandable to me. Having lost my brother in 2000, I could relate. Grief and loss aren't easy to deal with. In their situation, their loved one's remains were never returned to them so that's an extra layer of drama for them. While there are readers who might not understand their actions and Kaylie's character arc, I did. Kaylie grew by finding a purpose, which morphed into a better purpose. She started out just diving into school; however, having something that gave her a sense of belonging was what she needed to aid in her grieving.
Holder was a complex character. Holder is definitely not a cookie-cutter antagonist. Genese's ability to weave such dynamic and multi-layered characteristics into Holder is exceptional. I began paying attention to the real world quests he sent people on and realized his true intentions. While a bit off-kilter, Holder is a great antagonist.
The level of world building in the game made me want to play it. Genese's experience in playing World of Warcraft has given her an insider's perspective on such elegant and involved MMORPG's. The amount of imagination and detail, as well as the arena battles was inspired.
Genese took the real world and a fantasy one and melded them flawlessly.
I look forward to more works by Genese Davis in the future.