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Davala publishes first in a series of young adult fantasy novels

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Steve Davala has self-published The Soulkind Awakening, a young adult fantasy novel.

Steve Davala, a science and math teacher at West Linn’s Rosemont Ridge Middle School, has self-published his first novel, “The Soulkind Awakening.”

It’s a fantasy that tells the tale of what happens when magic returns to a civilization after being absent for 1,000 years.

“After lying dormant for a thousand years, the Soulkind awaken,” Davala writes about the book. “Many step forward to claim their magic, but childhood dreams quickly fade under the harsh reality of its return. Who will wield the Soulkind and who must watch helplessly as magic lies forever out of reach? Who will their power corrupt? What unforeseen dangers will it bring?”

The main character, a young boy named Jace, has a unique magical ability that enables him to relive memories associated with stones he finds during the experiences. But one stone — found after falling from a roof into a pool of water — has a memory he cannot recall. What occurred to cause the fall? What happened during and after the fall?

Davala says the characters struggle with the good and bad of magic. The characters are strong, diverse and have interesting interactions with each other.

The book was released in April. He said it is appropriate for young children (at 6 and 8 years old, his children love the tale) as well as young adults. Davala has enjoyed hearing his middle school students’ reactions to it.

“It’s exciting to hear kids talk about the characters like real live people,” he said.

The Soulkind Awakening is available on Amazon.com.

Davala has always written and encourages his students to do so, too. A big fan of science fiction and fantasy, he hosts a lunchtime book club in which the students read “Lord of the Rings,” discuss it and then watch the movie.

“It’s nice to do what I like to do,” he said.

“Steve is extremely creative,” said Principal Debi Briggs-Crispin. “He designs unique challenges and games that engage students in the science curriculum and content. Students look forward to his class and the learning and fun that will take place. Steve is a great teacher and member of our school community.”

Davala will speak about “The Soulkind Awakening” at the West Linn Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The public is encouraged to attend the free event.

“The Soulkind Awakening” is available on Amazon.com for $10 softcover or $1.99 as an e-book.

Davala currently has seven chapters written in the second book of what he hopes will be a triology. He contributes regularly to science and family magazines.



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