This New Fantasy Book Lets You Choose How The Story Ends
Books have always been our way to go on astonishing adventures without leaving the comforts—and safety!—of our own homes.
If you loved the mind-bending interactive Netflix thriller Bandersnatch, or if you’re a ‘90s kid who grew up on Choose Your Own Adventure, then you will love Pop Fiction’s The Ceyla Chronicles: Helios Trials.
Let’s count down the reasons:
You choose how the story ends.
That’s right. You don’t just read about Ceyla Ward’s adventures. As in the Black Mirror special, you get to decide how the main character’s story will end. With fourteen different endings, the stakes are high for Ceyla. Choose wisely. Your choices may lead her safely back home or to certain death at the claws of the most fearsome monsters of Helios.
You can visit interesting new places.
The magical world of Helios, Ceyla’s home, is a vast land, and much of which is yet to be explored. In Helios Trials, you can explore Helios Lake and the ruins hidden underneath it, the Great Mountains and the fiery dangers within, and the Sugarloaf Mountains and all their dangerous Fae magic.
The protagonist is a badass female detective who follows no rules—only her heart.
Ceyla Ward is the gun-toting, dagger-wielding, half-Fae detective who solves magical crimes and mysteries happening in her world. And she’s just 5” tall. What’s more badass than that?
The book is written by three talented Filipino authors.
Sielalstreim, Miss_Maple, and Hraefn are three talented female authors who made a name for themselves in the Pop Fiction world with their own fantasy series—Montello High, Wonderland Magical Academy, and Never Wake The Demon. They collaborated in the creation of this unique and mind-bending story with multiple endings.
You interact with astonishing creatures like faeries, demons, and mermaids.
Helios is a hidden magical world where different creatures try to live together in peace. In Helios Trials, you’ll meet Witches, Demons, Angels, Mermaids, the occasional Vampires and Werewolves, and a different breed of Human with a little bit of magic running through their veins.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.