Triggered by the return of her childhood abuser and unable to cope with reality, seventeen year-old Emily slips into the First Realm, an elaborate fantasy world she created as a little girl. Emily is powerful in the First Realm, maybe even more powerful than her attacker. It would be so easy to stay there, to lose herself in enchantment…to lose herself in love. But something sinister lurks in the forest shadows. Emily soon discovers her demons have followed her inside her fairytale. They’re hunting her. With the help of the Fae, she frantically searches for the weapons she needs to defeat her greatest fears and escape back to reality, before the man who tortured her can prey on her younger brothers and sister, too. Time is running out…
"Wow. Seriously. WOW!!!! It's not often you get a book that's an exciting, well-paced read but also full of powerful emotions and deeper meaning than you see at first on the page. RIVEN is such a book. I completely fell in love with Emily. She became so real to me. I was swept away by the darkness and magic of her story. There are so many layers to uncover in RIVEN. I highly recommend this book to all readers."James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner Series
"A whirlwind narrative about an imaginative heroine that uses fantasy to offer salvation from abuse."Kirkus Reviews
"Harris' debut is a tapestry woven of deeply personal experience and Breath-taking fantasy. Readers will be swept away by her world building, and moved by Emily's gripping journey."Michael Buckley, author of the Undertow Trilogy
Jane Alvey Harris
I have a Humanities degree from Brigham Young University with emphases in Art History, Italian Language, and Studio Art. I’m CRAZY about the visual and performing arts! I enjoy playing classical piano, painting & sketching, singing & acting, and especially writing poetry & prose.
But my real passion is PEOPLE. I love to watch and study what makes us tick as human beings. I’m definitely a dreamer, and my favorite thing to do is weave together sublime settings and stories for characters to live and learn in…myself included.
I currently live in an enchanted fairy-princess castle in Dallas, Texas, with my three often-adorable children and their three seldom-adorable cats.