Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dream Cast for Voluspa: A Magical World

By Ray East and Sam D.

Emma Roberts
Amy is the main protagonist of the novel, Voluspa – A Magical World. She is a fifteen year old teenager who has had a rough start in life. She is a remarkable girl, with a core of steel. She faces whatever life throws at her with courage and spirit. She is no paragon of virtue; like every human being she has her foibles. The admirable part is, she does not let her own shortcomings, difficult circumstances or even evil adversaries defeat her without putting up a fight. At the same time the character of Amy is very real and believable.  She is the girl next door. She is very easy to relate to, suffers from the usual teenage girl angst’s but at the same time is a very spirited young woman. She is someone who is brave and loyal, vulnerable but strong, someone who inspires epic love. Emma Roberts would be a charming ‘Amy’.

Landon Liboiron
Drake is the hero of this novel. He is the kind of boyfriend any girl would wish for. He can be a fierce protector one minute, a romantic companion the other. As a friend, he is exemplary, he would go to great lengths to protect the people he cared for. He is responsible, intelligent and honorable. What makes him absolutely irresistible is that he has just the right amount of ‘bad boy’ in him. He is a skilled warrior and morphs into a gigantic dog. Landon Liboironwould be perfect for this role.

Marisa Tomei

Helen – She is the closest thing to a mother that Amy has. Helen enters Amy’s life when her step father dies and acting as a friend of the family, escorts Amy to Savannah to live with her grandma. Once Amy arrives in Voluspa, she acts as her adoptive mother and gives Amy a home. She comes across as a warm, caring person who has strong ties to Amy and her family. She is fiercely protective of Amy and yet one gets the feeling that Helen is a woman with many secrets. Marisa Tomei would be perfect for this role.

Steven Strait
Jacek – He is Drake’s best friend and Amy’s half-brother. He, like Amy had a difficult childhood. He was abandoned when he was a baby and spent the first few years of his life in an orphanage. At the age of six he ran away from the orphanage and took shelter in the Forest of Skotos, with the Morphus tribe. He and Drake practically grew up together. When he morphs he takes the form of a giant Anaconda. He is portrayed as a brave and loyal friend. He is a man of few words, more of a loner. He and Amy share a strange empathy from the very beginning. Steven Strait would be suitable for this role.

Megan Fox
Sonja – She fancies herself in love with Drake. To begin with she is not too pleased to have Amy join the group of friends. Initially, she considers Amy as her rival and tries hard to keep Amy and Drake apart. Over the course of the novel, she realizes that her she just has a crush on drake but it is Jacek that she really cares about. This self-realization goes a long way in healing the rift between her and Amy and the two gradually become friends. She morphs into a huge Eagle and is a fierce warrior. Megan Fox would work in this role very well.

Lord Vali- He is the symbol for everything evil and is the main villain in the story. He is a monster with dozens of minions at his disposal. He is such a badass that.…Well we don’t want to give it all away! Ron Perlman would be the ideal fit for Lord Vali.

About the Authors:
Ray East and Sam D has moved to Voluspa and live in the Forest of Skotos with their 5 year old daughter and a pet Typhon.  They visit Earth with the help of an Empath from time to time. Ray East did her masters in Phsychology from Univeristy of Sussex and has worked as a counselor for adolescents. Sam D used to teach at a SPJC before he moved to Voluspa.

Their latest book is Voluspa: A Magical World.
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About the Book:
Centuries ago, war between aliens and humans almost destroyed the world. To prevent such a war from happening again, a mighty ruler then formed a secret society of nine powerful humans and aliens called the Bramhas. These Bramhas each wrote a book imparting ancient wisdom and knowledge. The possession of these books could bring about untold power and success. The nine books were hidden but the desire to possess those books, still cause men to fight wars and turn against each other. One such war was fought in the realm of Voluspa decades back; the consequences of that war still resonate in this magical land. Two young lovers get caught in this tussle and it changes their destinies forever.
Amy’s humdrum life takes a complete 180’ turn with the death of her stepfather. She goes to live with her grandmother – her only living relative, though she hasn’t seen her in the last five years. Among her mother’s childhood memorabilia, she finds a book ‘Legends of Voluspa’ that captures her imagination. She becomes so engrossed in the book that she starts dreaming  about the places in the book till one night she finds herself inexplicably transported to the new world – Voluspa, as described in the book. Here she meets Drake, who unknown to her is a shape shifter.  Chemistry cackles between the two from the very first and as they discover that they share a lot in common, a tenuous bond forms between the two. ‘I’ll keep you safe’ vows Drake and he remains true to his word as he befriends her and saves her from various troubles that befall her over the next couple of months.
In Voluspa, Amy discovers a new way of life. It’s a magical world inhabited by primarily four clans – Empaths, Morphus, Mendens and the Pulchrous. The Empaths have the power of mind, the Morphus are the shape shifters, Mendens are the healers while the Pulchrous possess physical perfection and strength. With the help of an old family friend, Amy takes her rightful place in the Empath clan. This marks a new chapter in Amy’s life. She realizes her own powers and subsequently starts going to a school to enhance the same. With Drake by her side, she makes some wonderful friends. However, her life is not all smooth sailing; trouble comes when she learns the truth about her biological parents. She realizes that her very existence is against Voluspan law which forbids the union between individuals belonging to two different clans. History threatens to repeat itself as she realizes that her predicament was not that different from what her mother had faced, decades back. She is totally in love with Drake, who belongs to the Morphus clan.
The enchanting world of Voluspa is far from Utopic; it has barely recovered from a devastating war fought twenty years back when the peace of the land is once again threatened by Gangrels, the evil army of aliens.  The two young lovers soon realize that besides contending with forbidden love, they have to deal with other impediments. Ancient enmities, a past war, a much coveted book, all conspire against the two lovers. Gangrels reappear in Voluspa and Drake falls in the clutches of one such evil being who would stop at nothing to realize his fiendish ambitions. Amy and her friends cross realms, face enemies, deal with challenges, solve riddles and brave possible destruction, as they set off on an adventure to rescue Drake.  The ‘Force of Sutra’ clashes with the ‘Elemental Force’ of the Gangrels as Amy and her friends are faced with an indomitable enemy. They use strategic warfare, pit adversaries among themselves and use every last drop of strength, skill and courage as they take on warriors far more ruthless and skilled than themselves.
As Amy embarks upon a quest to save Drake, her love for him is tested at every turn but she never wavers from her objective. Braving imminent death she manages to reach Drake – only to find a changed person. Gone is the man she is in love with, instead a dangerous stranger stood in his place. This Drake was teetering at the edge between becoming completely evil and retaining his own soul. He almost harms Amy but stops himself at the very last minute. His love for Amy proves to be stronger than the evil entity threatening to overpower him.  However when chips are down, Drake comes through. He sets aside his personal well-being in order to save Amy, one last time. Drake is perhaps lost forever but hope dies last – Amy is determined to get back Drake, no matter what the cost.

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