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Over millennia, across the seven seterras of Aligaea, twelve women—the Anima—develop powers akin to apex predators. Along with their bestial strength and speed, they inherit the Task to restore ecological Order to the world. Yet fulfilling the Task seems improbable as the Imperium spreads a plague of ecocide and despotism across the land, ushering in the apocalypse with its infectious Disorder.
Stout and smart Freda Johansson leaves behind a promising career, love, and community to seek the red-capped mushroom capable of turning her into the final Anima. Whether it’s plant magic or free will guiding her from emerald forests to austere peaks, she doesn’t care. She only needs to find the mushroom before the Imperial Forces can seal the catastrophic fate of the planet.
The sacred balance of Life depends on the birth of the Anima—but even then, she must choose to own her powers as both woman and wild beast.
KELSEY K. SATHER lives in Montana. Her stories explore the complexities of human-nature interconnections. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found in the mountains. Learn more at kelseyksather.com.
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An epic tale that takes us through the ages and through places that feel so real you would think they actually are. Vivid. Inspiring. A testament to the earth we live on, the physical and soulful power of the female body and the possibility that lives within each of us. BIRTH OF THE ANIMA is a book for always but especially for NOW, this time, this moment we are all living. I was captivated, couldn't put it down. Read it in the dark with a flashlight while humming my young children to sleep. Read it, read it, read it.
- Molly Caro May, author of Body Full of Stars
A richly imagined and fully realized world that develops right from the start, BIRTH OF THE ANIMA grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. Sather has created not just a new world, but one complete with a complex, raw history. The book tackles themes of belonging and otherness against a backdrop of a natural world in peril. The story is detailed and unflinching, and the connection to the characters and their interwoven stories is fluid and fast-paced. Anxiously awaiting the sequel.
- Maggie Slepian
A sojourn across time, peoples, and lands, BIRTH OF THE ANIMA took me on an unfettered journey into the inherent power of women and implicit choice to hold respect, stewardship & reciprocity over imperial destruction and environmental domination.
Charting the Anima across epochs offered me key insight into our human nature and ethics –how to treat each other and how we relate to the land. This book could not be dropped at a better time as we reimagine together intersectional justice, restructuring of power, and reclaim our roles as stewards of the land.
Through fiction, Sather achieves what non-fiction could only dream of. There is indeed room for magic in our world -- especially the sort of magic and stories that expose deep truths of who we are as humans and our relationship to the land. An awesome debut by Sather, pick one up, dive in and grab a few for the important women in your life!
- C. J. Carter
Using rich, lyrical prose, Sather creates an intricate world that holds the unique quality of the sublime, leaving readers feeling awestruck, terrified, and ultimately changed. Her skillful management of time, space, and multiple worlds is unparalleled. The narrative itself is a sort of "Anima," holding the potential to transform the way readers engage with issues related to women and nature. Now more than ever, one might consider reading this book an urgent matter.
- Simone Aliya
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