Merlin’s Descendants

HISTORICAL FANTASY

The History we’ve learned… the legends we’re told… it’s all connected!

Book series: Merlin’s Descendants

The History we’ve learned… the legends we’re told…
it’s all connected!

A fantasy series that combines modern action and adventure with characters and events from the past, which are all part of our History.

A historical fantasy for young people and adults.

#1 The Guardians of the Magic Manuscripts
#2 The lady of the lake
#3 Heroes of the sea
#4 The legend of Count Dracula
#5 The cursed treasure of the Nibelungen

​​Book series: Merlin’s Descendants

 
A fantastic story told by a young man in the first person:
 

It all started in a village where nothing ever happened…

It was there that I met the greatest wizard of all time: Merlin. That was also where I discovered his true mission in Camelot and the unique legacy that was passed down to the “blood of his blood”: his 12 children, and the children of those children who came after them. A valuable, magical, legacy that made a cruel enemy envious, and made its guardians the targets of a ferocious chase, which is still going on, to this day.

It was there that I learned that Merlin’s descendants had the Templars on their side. Their alliance stretching back to the birth of a small nation, Portugal, and greatly affecting the course of its history. Later, with the loss of these allies, it was the Freemasons who came forwards to protect the cause… and today, my brother, sister and I are part of this world of mystery.

(From: The Guardians of Magic Manuscripts) 

Our lives were never “normal” again.

We became protectors, and we swore to defend the Merlian cause. It was in my determination to keep this promise that I broke into a monument this summer, disregarded rules, ended up in hospital, learned to drive, almost got shot, sang in public, and thought I would never see the people I love the most again…

But not everything was hard on this mission. Getting the chance to discover secrets from the past was incredible; finding out the truth about Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere, and the most beautiful love story in Camelot was so special. Knowing that one day I might be lucky enough to have something like that… it wasn’t bad either.

(From: The lady of the lake)

Twelve months later, on a symbolic Friday 13th, in a concerted operation throughout Europe, the houses of Merlin’s descendants were invaded by Adamastor.

The guardians and protectors who managed to escape went to special meeting points to regroup and come up with a new strategy. One of the places chosen was Coimbra. It happened to be an afternoon when my brother, sister and I were visiting Lina that they began to arrive.

However, we also got a call for help from Amsterdam. We had to retrieve a manuscript to save other lives.

Adamastor was everywhere. Could we, four young people, stand up to such a powerful enemy?

Heroes of the past, from the era when the Portuguese dominated the seas, show us the way, inspire us and give us the answer.

(From: Heroes of the sea) 

It was then that we all got the same message.  Me, Dália, Rodrigo and Lina all got a call for help from Romania. From the Transylvanian forest.

I, who had always believed that vampires were nothing more than folklore – stories made up to frighten children – found I was terrified of nightfall in the dense forest near the Carpathian Mountains.

An old diary, which had belonged to a protector like us, who dared to discover, tells us that others have shared the doubts that now torment us, and assures us that the dangers lurking are very real.

In the present, like in the past, the quest leads to the discovery of the truth hidden behind a legend that is still alive to this day. A legend that lives on, century after century: the legend of Draculea, the son of the Dragon.

(From: The Legend of Count Dracula) 

Just as the threat of Adamastor seemed to be under control, terrible news arrived from Germany: the enemy leader knew who we were and was determined to finish us, the four young people who had brought about his demise.

We ran, struggling to escape from someone who would guess our every move, predict our every reaction. And as we did, Lina, my brother, sister and I discovered an amazing story that centred on an ancient treasure, an ambitious woman, a child gifted with magical powers, some impressive attempts to get over the wall that separated a city … and a Merlian family.

(From: The cursed treasure of the Nibelungen). 

I want to tell you about this adventure, but do not be deceived. Even though we are no more than children, this story is not the least bit childlike. The dangers we faced were real, and the only reason I dare speak of them now is because circumstances have changed and I, myself, have grown.

Unpredictable!  I would definitely recommend it (Tânia A. Oliveira – about The Guardians of the Magical Manuscripts)

I read the book in 1 day; it’s one of my favourite books. (Ricardo Alfaiate / Jock, about The Lady of the Lake)

It’s almost impossible to put down because of the suspense it creates! It’s a fascinating book! (Vasco Moreira – about The Legend of Count Dracula)

I love this series, and although I haven’t been alive for very long yet, I think this is one of the best I’ve ever read … and I read a lot!!! (André Vieira)

For me, Vilela’s books are as good as chocolate, only healthier (Rodrigo Santos, 25 – The Azores).

Written in the same style as Enid Blyton’s classic adventures of The Famous Five (A. Graça)

I love the “Merlin’s Descendants” series, it’s extraordinary!!! (Eduarda)

Please don’t end this series yet because I’m not ready to say goodbye to Lina, Luís, Dália, Rodrigo, Lina’s mother and all the other characters, but especially to Lina, because whenever I’ve faced a difficult situation, I’ve thought of her and the decisions she had to make (Rita, 13 – Escola Medas)

Another exciting adventure. Once again, the author uses well-documented creativity in the story, leading us successfully as we embark on an exciting and contagious adventure. I can’t wait for her next book to take me on another adventure! (Telma – about The cursed treasure of the Nibelungen).

Magic exists and is passed on through blood ties, from parents to children, from generation to generation.

The guardians of the magic manuscripts

Rita Vilela

#1 Merlin’s Descendants 

  • ISBN: 9789897241055
  • Published: 2017
  • Publisher: Clube do Autor
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 360

The 1st volume of a historical fantasy saga for young adults.

Merlin, the most powerful wizard of all time, had twelve children who he taught the secret of freezing the past in magical scripts. From generation to generation, his descendants, supported by dedicated protectors, have guarded these relics and enriched this precious legacy with new scripts, so that history would not be lost.

But a fierce enemy covets these treasures and would do anything to have them for himself. Merlin’s descendants and his legacy are in danger.

Luís, Rodrigo and Dália, three siblings, meet Marcelina at their grandmother’s house one day. A young girl who has a connection to the famous wizard, which will soon be revealed.

Will they throw themselves into this adventure and defend Merlin’s cause, just as the Templars and Freemasons had done before them?

The guardians of the magic manuscripts

There are many legends, but only one truth.

That summer I learned four things:

  • Everything I thought I knew about Merlin, King Arthur, the Round Table and the Lady of the Lake did not happen the way the books say it did;
  • Magic exists, it can be used to write magical texts and is passed on through blood, from parents to their children, from generation to generation;
  • There is a line that connects the Templars, the History of Portugal, the Inquisition, the Freemasons… A line that starts with Merlin, the wizard, and leads all the way up to nowadays. A line that my siblings and I became a part of;
  • Courage is a quality we all have, and it will surface when we really need it.

Yes, I know you have no idea what I’m talking about, but if you open the book and start reading, it’ll all become clear… 

Read the first chapters here (portuguese version)

Excerpt

Lina sat up straight, put on a solemn voice and began to speak, as if reciting a text she had learned by heart:

Ever since human beings learned to write, certain men and women have been tasked with recording the most remarkable events in the history of Mankind. Tasked with preserving the memory of everything that has happened. Scribes, apostles, troubadours, sages, writers, reporters… are the names by which these heroes became known.

But what few people know is that there is a lineage that has gone further than recording History in words. They have a unique way of preserving events for posterity, a technique that even goes as far as allowing them to re-live past events.

The patriarch of this lineage, the first of the true Guardians of History, was a powerful magician, the most powerful of all time. Upon his birth, his father named him Merlin.

At that point, Dália interrupted.

– I’ve heard of Merlin. He’s got something to do with King Arthur and the Round Table, hasn’t he?

– People usually talk about his role in that story, yes. Only, the wizard who accompanied Arthur was not always the real Merlin. At the beginning, it was, then it ceased to be… although he was always there when it mattered most. In fact, the magician who was with Arthur most of the time was another magician, a rather talented substitute magician who went by a different name.

– Another name? What are you talking about? How do you know, Lina? – doubted Rodrigo, who had been completely obsessed with King Arthur’s stories since he was a child. In fact, he was so fond of imagining himself as a knight of Camelot that one Christmas he was given five identical “Excalibur” swords.

– My family is descended from Merlin’s only daughter – Lina explained. – And that is why I know that Merlin gave up the fame, glory, and wealth he had gained by serving Camelot with his magic, and asked a friend to take his place by impersonating him.

– And why would he do such a thing? – asked Rodrigo, suspiciously.

– For love, my friends. For love!

English version not available

Anyone who thinks that the story of Camelot is only about a king and his knights should take a closer look at the queen’s life.

The lady of the lake   

Rita Vilela

#2 Merlin’s Descendants 

  • ISBN: 9789897241659
  • Published: 2017
  • Publisher: Clube do Autor
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 368

The 2nd volume of a historical fantasy saga for young adults.

What would you do if you had to choose between sacrificing what you cherish most, or fighting for a greater cause?

Two young women, who are separated by time, face difficult choices.

In Camelot, Guinevere, a queen with a secret that could destroy the king, will have to decide between her happiness and the future of the kingdom.

Many centuries later, Lina, a descendant of Merlin’s only daughter, will have to choose between saving a loved one’s life or giving up one of the magical scripts she has vowed to protect from her enemy.
But to access this legacy, Lina first has to find out where it was hidden: with the lost treasure of the Templars, described as “between other treasures, visible to those who seek more”.

Embarking on this adventure with her are her three protectors, Dália, Rodrigo and Luis, who have already decided that they are willing to risk everything to support and protect her.

The lady of the lake 

There are many legends, but only one truth

That summer I learned four things:

  • Anyone who thinks the story of Camelot is only about a king and his knights should take a closer look at the queen’s life;
  • The treasure of the Templars, the one everyone thinks it is lost, is hidden with other treasures, within reach of those who seek more;
  • Adamastor, Merlin’s descends’ biggest adversary, won’t stop at anything to get what he wants;
  • There are difficult choices in life, and adults aren’t the only ones who need to make them.

Yes, I know you have no idea what I’m talking about, but if you open the book and start reading, it’ll all become clear… 

Read the first chapters here (portuguese version)

Excerpt

Guinevere’s lungs screamed out for oxygen. Using the last of her strength, she bit her assailant, but he did not let go. If she could reach the surface and take a breath, she might be able to escape him. After all, although the enemy was bigger and stronger, he was also slower and did not know the lake like she did.

But she couldn’t reach the surface. The weight of his body was just too much for her to fight against as he pushed her further under, the water gushing into her mouth making its way into her lungs.

She fought, gradually weakening, until finally, she lost consciousness.

English version not available

There is a good reason why the Portuguese national anthem talks about “sea heroes” and a “brave nation”.

Heroes of the sea

Rita Vilela

#3 Merlin’s Descendants 

  • ISBN: 9789897242649
  • Published: 2017
  • Publisher: Clube do Autor
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 360

The 3rd volume of a historical fantasy saga for young people and adults.

How would you react if you were far away from home and had to face a much more powerful enemy than you, that was also far greater in number? Would you surrender? Would you go back home? Would you work out how to carry on?

This volume takes us all the way to the Indies, to meet men who have removed the word “impossible” from their vocabularies. We join them as they struggle to overcome the gigantic challenges placed upon them as they build an empire for Portugal.

500 years later, in Coimbra and Amsterdam, Lina and her three protectors, Dalia, Rodrigo and Luís, face the most powerful of their enemies, to defend the lineage of the guardians of History.

In the past, just as in the present, feelings collide with reason, Men struggle to control their emotions, and to pursue love and happiness.

Heroes of the sea

There are many legends, but only one truth.

That summer I learned four things:

  • There is a good reason why the Portuguese national anthem talks about “sea heroes” and a “brave nation”;
  • The death of a devil lead to the most impressive victory of all the victories achieved by the Portuguese;
  • The ability to achieve the impossible exists in every one of us;
  • To love and to be loved is one of the best things in the world.

Yes, I know you have no idea what I’m talking about, but if you open the book and start reading, it’ll all become clear… 

Read the first chapters here (portuguese version)

Excerpt

I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and an idea began to form. It was a crazy idea, daring, almost suicidal. The probability I would succeed was almost non-existent. The chances of getting killed in the process were high. But I clung to that idea for one single reason: I had no other.

I prayed. I just hoped that this plan would work, that history would repeat itself. I hoped that the few would defeat the many, that the underdog would defeat their stronger adversary.

I had no time to lose. I ran to the closest toyshop, where I spent the last of my money. Down to the last cent. It wasn’t enough. If it hadn’t been for the owner’s discount, I wouldn’t have got everything I needed. 

I grabbed the jostling bag and asked to go to the bathroom. When I left, I was ready to face the enemy.

As I walked down the path that would take me away from the building where my guardian was waiting, I felt as if I was walking towards a firing squad…

Taking one step after another, I remembered another letter Lina’s mother had shared with us – one from Master John.

Dear life-saving companion,

Many wonder about the secret of the Portuguese empire in the Indies, the ingredients that have allowed us to impose our will on such a vast region, defended by such numerous troops. (…) But what really tips the scales in our favour, the true secret of our success, is the courage and determination of our men.

When you hear the true story of Count Dracula, it all starts to make sense.

The Legend of Count Dracula

Rita Vilela

#4 Merlin’s Descendants 

  • ISBN: 9789897243219
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: Clube do Autor
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 384

The 4th volume of a historical fantasy saga for young adults.

How would you react if you saw something you knew to be impossible, with your very own eyes? Something you were sure was nothing more than folklore, something so terrifying that even the most valiant warrior’s blood would turn to ice at the very thought?

The end of the 19th century saw a protector of the merlian cause take on a challenge: to discover the truth behind the legend of a man born over 450 years before, who had died and who had risen, who was said to be immortal. There was also a rumour that he had superhuman strength, he fed on blood, and those who found themselves on his property would end up facing a terrible death.

Now, Lina and her three protectors, Dalia, Rodrigo and Luís, face the same challenge.

In the past, just as in the present, many surprises await those who trespass onto Count Dracula’s property in search of answers.

A centennial warning has been engraved on a stone by the side of the road: “Seek and you shall find.” and a little further on: “Are you sure you want to carry on?”

The Legend of Count Dracula

There are many legends, but only one truth.

That summer I learned four more things:

  • Some secrets can be kept for centuries;
  • When you hear the true story of Count Dracula, it all starts to make sense;
  • Fear often overshadows reason and makes us believe the most unlikely stories;
  • Anyone can make a difference, even if they haven’t been gifted with magical powers.

Yes, I know you have no idea what I’m talking about, but if you open the book and start reading, it’ll all become clear… 

Read the first chapters here (portuguese version)

Excerpt

It was in the Crossroads Inn that I heard a story that awakened my curiosity. At the border between the kingdoms of Wallachia and Transylvania, lived a man who was over 450 years old. It was said that he had died and been resurrected. It was said he was immortal. Rumours also said that he had superhuman strength, he would feed on blood, and those who approached his territory would end up facing horrible deaths.

I knew that magic existed, but my mentor had told me that not even Merlin, the most gifted of magicians, had managed to conquer death. To live 450 years one would have to conquer death many times.

So if it wasn’t immortality, there must be another explanation for the legend… and I would make it my mission to find out what it was.

English version not available

The medieval legend that served as inspiration for the Lord of the Rings trilogy led to the birth of the cruellest of Merlian enemies.

The cursed treasure of the Nibelungen   

Rita Vilela

#5 Merlin’s Descendants 

  • ISBN: 9789897243905
  • Published: 2017
  • Publisher: Clube do Autor
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 384

The 5th and final volume of a historical fantasy saga for young adults.

How would you react if, overnight, a barrier was built in the middle of your city, stopping you from crossing the street, barring access to your school and separating you from your parents, siblings and friends?

In 20th century Germany, a boy struggles to get back to his family after they were separated one night – after he ignored an early curfew.

At the same time, a young woman’s obsession with an ancient treasure would lead to an unusually powerful child being conceived. He would come to be known as the Devil, and would leave his mark on Merlin’s descendants in the worst way imaginable.

More than 50 years later, in Lisbon and the Azores, Lina and her three protectors risk everything to fight against the Devil, protecting those they love the most as they unveil a mystery that has enchanted generation upon generation.

In the past, just as in the present, one dangerous challenge leads to another, pushing these young people to their limits. But everything is at stake and it’s all too important… giving up is not an option!

The cursed treasure of the Nibelungen

There are many legends, but only one truth.

I learned five things that winter:

  • People with magical abilities are forbidden from having children together, to avoid witches and wizards being conceived who are too powerful;
  • The medieval legend that served as inspiration for the Lord of The Rings trilogy led to the birth of the cruellest Merlian enemy;
  • There is a well that for over 200 years has challenged both treasure hunters and mystery lovers, and it was built for a very good reason;
  • The building of a wall that divided a city was a catalyst for actions that required great courage and audacity;
  • No matter how big the obstacle, as long as you don’t give up, nothing is really lost.

Yes, I know you have no idea what I’m talking about, but if you open the book and start reading, it’ll all become clear… 

Read the first chapters here (portuguese version)

Excerpt

– All I see is darkness – she said, opening her eyes. – It’s all dark.

– Then close your eyes again and see beyond the darkness… before the darkness… well before the darkness… where the story begins – he encouraged.

Lina’s eyes were narrowed, her brow furrowed. She was visibly tense. Another split second and her expression changed. For about three minutes, her eyes moved under her eyelids, as if she was dreaming. Then she opened her eyes, looked at us, and shared what she had seen.

The first image was a flash of a river. Plunging into the water, she had seen treasure: chests and chests full of gold and jewels. Then wagons, an endless line of them escorted by knights in white cloaks. Then came the ancient boats, a boat trip that led to an island shaped like an animal. It could have been an elephant, a rhinoceros or even a dog: a large body attached to a head with a kind of horn or muzzle.

English version not available

 

Special World

FANTASY AND ADVENTURE

A computer game ruled over by gods empowered to change our world.

Book series: Special World

Fantasy and adventure for adults and young adults.

A fantasy trilogy, the first book of which was published in 2018.

#1 Three superpowers 
#2 Let’s Play (coming soon)

Original and catchy. Anyone who seeks adventure is sure to love it

Book series: Special World

Imagine being able to choose a superpower, and then being granted that ability.
What would you do?
Would you take your time, thinking calmly before you made a decision?
Ana, Bia and Martim didn’t think. They thought it was a joke… and they got three pretty silly superpowers.
What’s more, is that they will only be able to swap them for better powers if they can prove that they can use them well. And they’d better hurry up, because a child’s life may be in their hands.
But how can you make good use of the power of “changing the colour of your nails”, the power of “spitting the furthest,” or “knowing what other people are thinking”?

***

A computer game, gods, magic, a little revenge, the granting of superpowers, a worldwide crisis and some young people are only some of the elements that bring this adventure to life.

A captivating story about three friends who are granted superpowers that come with a mammoth set of problems.

Special World is a book that piqued my curiosity as soon as I first saw its cover.
I found the way the characters interacted with each other very interesting.
I felt as if I was a part of this adventure. Ana, Bia and Martim taught me to believe that there is always a way to turn a situation around. I wish I were one of the characters in this wonderful story.
I hope I’m privileged enough to reading many more books like this, because I really enjoyed it. As I read, I lost track of time and of what was going on around me. May this book serve as inspiration to many other people.
I want to thank you for giving me this surrealism. I found the book very fun and special.
I’m looking forward to the second part.

Lara Silva, 12

***

Special World is a great book that can easily captivate readers. Although it is aimed at young people, anyone would like the book, which has a fun, surprising storyline and writing that is easy to read thanks to the use of accessible, intimate and common vocabulary that people use day-to-day.
The characters are realistic and very similar to today’s teens, which makes us feel like we’re talking to a friend or classmate.
The story is addictive – just like the Special World game – it makes us feel like we’re part of the adventure. Tense moments make us anxious to see what will happen, relaxed moments make us feel comfortable and funny moments make us laugh.
I got completely caught-up in the book. It’s one of those where you think you’ll just read one more page, and then you end up reading almost half of it. It had certain features that reminded me of some of my favourite books.
I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

Carolina Costa, 13

Three young people with useless superpowers are mankind’s only hope.

The three superpowers

Rita Vilela

#1 Special World 

  • ISBN: 9789897244933
  • Published: 2019
  • Publisher: Clube do Autor
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 252

First book of a fantasy trilogy.

The three superpowers

A story filled with magic and adventure, in which three friends receive a set of superpowers to thank them for an act of kindness.

A present that ended up having very serious, surprising consequences, that only they can fix once they finally work out what happened.

A huge responsibility rests on their shoulders – none of them wanted it, but it is something they just can’t ignore. And they will have to risk everything, going into a computer game ruled over by the gods to do so – a computer game that’s widely considered the “most addictive ever”.

A compelling narrative that will entice both young people and adults. In this book, action is interlaced with a look into human nature (relationships between people and how they respond to challenges and difficulties), as well as raising awareness of some key issues:

  • The dangers of computer game addiction, and
  •  The importance of making good use of our abilities – our powers – whether they are large or small.

Read the first pages here (portuguese version)

Excerpt

We ran home the second school was over. I went through the storeroom to fetch the alphabet board and took it into the living room, where we all sat around the table. My parents wouldn’t be home for another hour. We wouldn’t be disturbed until then.

– Ask, “what happened to you”? – said Angela, impatiently.

The answer came straight away. The glass began to move across the sheets, stopping over a few of the letters before it carried on moving towards the next. Martim wrote down the sequence: I…  A… M… S… T… U… C… K….

– Where are you stuck? – I asked. – Tell me.

Again, the glass began to move with a shudder, this time taking a shorter path, only stopping twice. At S and W.

As we had suspected, he was stuck in the game.

– How can we help?

The sequence of letters was clear: C… O … M … E … S … A … V … E … M … E.

– How do we save you? What can we do?

Letter by letter, the answer was revealed: T … A … L … K … T … O … X … I … S .

– Where do we find Xis?

This time came a long sequence: C … R … Y … S … T … A … L … P … A … L … A … C … E … G… O… I… N…

–  Oh! What if some of them are double letters. Cry stall pall ace goo inn?!

The glass kept moving. It hadn’t finished yet: S… W… I … L … D … R … I … V… E.

– No! Crystal Palace goins wi. – corrected Martim.

– No, you’re splitting the words up wrongly. See if this works better: Crystal Palace, full stop. Go in SW, full stop. And then “I’ll drive” – ​​suggested Bia.

Angela repeated after her – this made sense to everyone:

– Xis is in the Crystal Palace. We have to go into Special World to get to her. My brother will lead us there.

– Let’s go – said Bia. – Go get the computer, Ana.

– It might be best to use Angela’s. It’ll probably be easier for Bernardo to find us if we get to the same level where he disappeared. If we start the game from the beginning, we have a long way to go – even if we do have instructions.

I saw Angela’s face drop.

The Heroes of Andosia

FANTASY AND ADVENTURE

Sometimes, heroes can be found in the most unexpected places.

Book series: The Heroes of Andosia

Fantasy and adventure for adults and young adults.

A fantasy trilogy, the first book of which was published in 2018.

#1 Blood Ties
#2 The three challenges (coming soon)

Book series: The Heroes of Andosia

Original and charming; this story is both adventurous (a teenager is called upon to help in a parallel universe she’s connected to through family ties, although she doesn’t know that yet) and leads gradually and subtly into the subject of prejudice related to people with disabilities and the elderly.

Accessible characters make this a book that is sure to win over readers of all ages.

I loved the book. I fell in love with the story (…) and can’t wait to read more. I really, really liked it. The idea of ​​a “parallel world” we go to in our sleep… it’s fascinating! I know it’s not quite that easy, and that not everyone gets the chance to go to Andosia, but I love the idea that we have a whole other life when we fall asleep (Maria Ramos – 15 years old)

***

It’s a very pleasant read thanks to its direct style and the fine line it walks between suspense and humour. (…) A catchy, light read aimed primarily at young readers, yet capable of providing a good adventure for readers of all ages. Light, simple and interesting it’s a good story.(Carla Ribeiro – blog “As leituras do corvo”)

A strange nightmare and a broken bed mark the beginnings of an adventure…

Blood Ties

#1 The Heroes of Andosia 

  • ISBN: 9789897770302
  • Published: 2018
  • Publisher: Planeta
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 240

The first book of a fantasy trilogy.

The fantasy story of a young girl who is called upon to save a parallel world she is connected to by family ties.

An adventure that leads gradually and subtly into the subject of prejudice, related to people with disabilities and the elderly.

Blood ties

Have you ever woken up feeling like you’re falling helplessly into a void?

That’s exactly how Sofia felt the night before her 15th birthday, and the night after that, and the next one, and the next one…

This strange nightmare and a broken bed marked the beginning of an exciting adventure, which went far beyond anything she would ever have imagined.

What happens to Sofia when she falls sleep? How can her best friends help her?

Embark on this adventure and dare to discover the Heroes of Andosia who live alongside you.

The chosen ones walk among us!

Read the first chapter here

Excerpt

– I still think going upstairs to sit in a dentist’s chair and put your hands on a ball is a rubbish adventure. It’s only fun the first time…

– Silly! – Francisca reached her right hand out to give him a playful slap on the arm.

I lifted myself up slightly until I was sitting up in bed, looked Luis in the eye and mysteriously said:

– And what if I told you all that’s just the beginning? That they expect humans to help them far more than this? What if I told you that as well as defending the kingdom by energising the shield, there are other types of missions. Attack missions, missions that mean we have to leave the protective dome to fight the enemy on their own turf.

All three of us were now sitting on the bed. Their lips were parted, mouths slightly agape in astonishment, which made them look a bit gormless. They were hanging onto every word I said. I enjoyed the feeling for a moment, before Luis was back to his normal self.

– If I had superpowers, I’d do the same! – He teased.

– About that… I didn’t say, but we don’t have any superpowers up there.

– But you said you could walk through walls, that you could fly! – He sniped quickly, thinking he was catching me out.

– Yes, I know what I said… I told you the only explanation I could think of for what happened to me. But now I know I was wrong. Now I know that this time I could do all that because…

The 7 colours of Oniris

FANTASY AND ADVENTURE

The fantastic story of a magical world

Book series: The 7 colours of Oniris

A magical adventure, loved by all ages.

And also a story about people, the feelings that connect them, how they face difficulties and manage their differences.

In a world inhabited by 7 human races, the fate of the gods is in the hands of mankind.

#1 Oniris – A divided world
#2 Oniris – The great challenge
#3 Oniris – The gift of the Gods
# The 7 colours of Oniris – The great adventure (comic book)

Book series: The 7 colours of Oniris

 
A fantastic trilogy for young adults and adults.

The narrative unfolds in Oniris, a world inhabited by seven human races created by the Iris (the seven young gods) in their image and likeness. Each race can be told apart by the colour of their hair, and much more besides.

Because the humans couldn’t get along, Oniris was divided into large swathes of land and the races separated between them, according to the colour of their hair.

And because the Iris didn’t look after the world given to them; they were punished, imprisoned by their own father.

The key to uniting Oniris once again, and to freeing the gods, lies in the hands of mankind. But to do so, representatives of the seven races will have to come together to climb mountains and pass all sorts of tests… Meanwhile, the gods are watching, and they’re taking sides.

Six young people of different races, united by friendship, face dangers and obstacles to overcome the great challenge and bring unity back to their world.

  • I would love to wake up in Oniris one day, so I could be a part of all the adventures (Francisco – Braga)
  • I spend so much time carrying all 3 books around that my mum says I treat them as if they were my children. No one can touch them without my say so! I love them. They might just be books, but they’ve really changed my life because I’ve started to see things differently! (Inês Margarida – 15 years old)
  • I must say that there are a lot of fantastic authors out there writing absolutely extraordinary stories – each in their own way – but up until now, no book had touched me and fascinated me like these three books have (Andreia Vaz).
  • I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating Oniris, the 7 races and the characters (Inês Margarida – 15 years old).
  • You saved me because I had given up on reading, THANK YOU. One of the reasons I’m happy to be Portuguese is that if I weren’t, I never would have read the 3 most important books of my life! (Inês Margarida – 15 years old)
  • Thanks to you, I’m now an avid 24-year-old fan of fantasy books. It’s never too late to start to enjoy reading. (Pesco)
  • As soon as I immerse myself in the magical world, I feel like I’ve gone back to being ten or eleven (…) Nowadays, whenever I read “A divided world” I find that the child I once was is still inside me (Dulce Pacheco).
  • Easy reading with both joyful and dramatic parts, which are sure to touch more sensitive readers. – Rute do Carmo Alves Pires Veiga (about Oniris – The Gift of the Gods)
  • I love it. However, on the one hand I can’t put it down, and on the other I want to savour every word I have left to read, already sad that it’s going to end one day (Leonor, about A divided world)
  • It made me dream!
  • I would recommend this to all young people but also to all dreamers! (Ana Sofia, about Oniris – A divided world)

English version not available

The gods are watching, and they take sides…

Oniris – A divided world

Rita Vilela

#1 Series: The 7 colours of Oniris

  • ISBN: 9789895553594
  • Published: 2008
  • Publisher: Oficina do Livro
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 284

The 1st volume of a fantastic trilogy cherished by adults and young adults alike.

Oniris – A divided world

As a result of the War, an almost unsurpassable mountain range has divided Oniris into 7 parts, coarsely dividing the 7 human races between each of the new territories.

Legend says that representatives of each of the different races will have to come together, overcoming their differences to get through the trials given to them by Deo – the creator god – and restore the harmony and unity of their world.

Setting off on an adventure, Bigo, Seara, Norma, Kanel and the twins, Lyra and Aryl, take us through Oniris, showing us the origins and the history of this unique world.

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A magical story that intermingles action and adventure with stories about people, the feelings that connect them, how they face difficulties and react to the differences between them… All of which amounts into a story that has been cherished by readers of all ages.

Read the first chapters here (portuguese version)

Excerpt

The gods argued, and Oniris was shaken by their words.

A voice made itself heard above the thunder:

– Dea, you interfered with my challenge, now you, your children and your creatures will face my wrath…

An intense, pleading voice answered:

– Look at them! They did everything they could, they had hardly any help and they deserve to win. See what they’ve achieved, free your children, keep your word.

On the ground, at his feet, seven human beings, each of whom had different coloured hair, lay motionless, oblivious to the importance of what was now being decided.

– Let us review everything that has happened, so that you may see that you are wrong and accept defeat. 

At a flick of the God’s hand, the black clouds parted slightly, leaving a circle of light between them where images of the past began to take shape, reviving their memory.

English version not available

Overcome the challenges, make Oniris whole again.

Oniris – The great challenge

Rita Vilela

#2 Series: The 7 colours of Oniris

  • ISBN: 9789895554508
  • Published: 2009
  • Publisher: Oficina do Livro
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 314

The 2nd volume of a fantastic trilogy cherished by adults and young adults alike.

Oniris – The great challenge

Oniris, a divided world inhabited by seven human races.

Legend says that representatives of each of the different races will have to come together, overcoming their differences to get to the forbidden land where they’ll have to overcome the trials set for them by Deo – the creator god – and freeing Iris. Then, and only then, will Oniris be united once again!

In this squeal, Bigo, Seara, Norma, Kanel and the twins, Lyra and Aryl have been separated and stripped of their memories.

Facing dangers and obstacles, they will now have to find each other again, finish their mission and make the legend true.

But this time, they won’t be able to count on help from the Goddess.

The fate of Oniris lies in the hands of mankind.

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A magical story that intermingles action and adventure with stories about people, the feelings that connect them, how they face difficulties and react to the differences between them… All of which amounts into a story that has been cherished by readers of all ages.

Read the first chapters here (portuguese version)

Excerpt

Summer rain washed the earth as the sun shone. The old purple-haired woman’s worst fears had just been confirmed.

A strange rainbow materialised over her head. Under the seven coloured arches, a new arch of bright white light lit up the sky.

There was no doubt about the meaning of this change; it meant that the Goddess now occupied a place in the heavenly prison, alongside her children.

She wouldn’t be able to help the group this time. They would have to finish their mission alone, using only the resources they already had…

The prophecy says: two siblings will rule Oniris, and their reign will bring peace once again.

Oniris – The gift of the Gods

Rita Vilela

#3 Series: The 7 colours of Oniris

  • ISBN: 9789895555109
  • Published: 2010
  • Publisher: Oficina do Livro
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 336

The 3rd volume of a fantastic trilogy cherished by adults and young adults alike.

Oniris – The gift of the Gods

Oniris changed, became one again, the barriers fell.

But the seven human races were not ready to live together yet. Fights, conflicts and disputes for power became the new reality they faced.

The prophecy says that two siblings will rule Oniris. Night and day, dark and light, they will create balance where chaos reigns and their rule will bring peace once again.

Bigo, Seara, Norma, Kanel and the twins, Lyra and Aryl, along with Erik and the young Suci, now face new challenges. It is up to them to ensure that the future rulers are safe so that the prophecy can be fulfilled and bring peace back to their world.

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A magical story that intermingles action and adventure with stories about people, the feelings that connect them, how they face difficulties and react to the differences between them… All of which amounts into a story that has been cherished by readers of all ages.

Read the first chapters here (portuguese version)

Excerpt

– Has the Oracle revealed the prophecy yet?

A nod gave her the answer she feared the most.

“It’s too late,” she thought, disheartened, resting her head in her sweaty hands. “She shouldn’t have done it! She shouldn’t have revealed the secret! It wasn’t her place! The secret puts the lives of the two siblings in danger. Ambition and a thirst for power will lead to many standing in their path… “

Forgetting the crowd that surround her for an instant, her voice grew loud with lament.

“Why didn’t I just come a little earlier?” She shook her head, repeating, dismayed. “She shouldn’t have done it!

The Comics of The 7 Colours of Oniris.

The 7 colours of Oniris – The great adventure

Rita Vilela (text)
Mitsu (illustration) and Led (color)
  • ISBN: 9789892800790
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: Arcádia
  • Edition Language: portuguese
  • Format: paperback
  • Number of pages: 176

An adaptation of the first part of The 7 colours of Oniris to a comic book.

The 7 colours of Oniris – The great adventure

A comic book adaptation of the first part of The 7 colours of Oniris Saga, with illustrations by Misu and colour added by Led.

In the world of Oniris, the seven human races created by the gods have been separated by mountain ranges.

Legend says that if representatives of the seven races can get along with each other, cross mountains and succeed in the challenges they face, Oniris will be united once again.

Will six young people with different coloured hair, united by friendship, set out to discover what lies behind the stone barrier?

The great adventure is about to begin!

Not available in english

Read the first chapters here