Hi Everybody, This is my first post, about my first novel. I don't have a group of friends I would show it to, and am to embarrassed to show my family, so I'm hoping that you guys might be able to help? Be as cruel or as kind as you like! The Plot: Our universe sits within an Omniverse (several universes co-existing), a fact we are unaware of. There are 7 universes each containing one planet supporting life. There are 3 good universes, 3 bad, and ours (earth). The Omniverse continues to exist because it is balanced. Earth is the only planet that truly knows nothing of the other dependant universes. We have true impartial balance because of this, which is important. The 3 good and the 3 bad universes/planets each have a council, a select group of representatives that know about the Omniverse and the need for balance (without the balance the Omniverse would implode and begin again). They cannot travel between worlds but can contact eachother via The Head Council, which consists of 2 people, a good woman called Deecho and a bad man called Navas (the Head Council is always this way). They can travel between worlds. There is an old fable about an object that existed centuries ago. This object was maintained by the Head Council and in the right hands brought peace and stability to the Omniverse. However, in the wrong hands it could destroy all universes except the holder's. The dark worlds were always seeking the power of the object, so the Head Council broke it into 7 pieces and hid one piece on each planet, knowing only they could travel to get them. They then purposefully destroyed any evidence and over time the object became myth. One of the worlds discovered a piece of the object, accidentally and began a quest to uncover the other pieces. They recruited the help of the secret scholars, The Sartoricus, elders that use old magic and could create Vexars, portals that only the Head Council can pass through to travel between worlds. The head council and others notice strange happenings and realise that somebody is travelling, a phenomenon they all thought impossible. The Head Council is replaced cyclically, by two people from earth that are 'chosen'. They are always made Good Woman/Bad Man by a process involving a 3rd person (again, balance). The Head Council believe in old prophecy and recognise that this is potentially the end of the Omniverse. They begin to believe in the object and know they must bring out the Chosen Ones to save all our worlds. But its too soon! There are 3 kids on earth, 16 yrs old. They are pulled from the earth by Deecho and Navas. Two of them are destined to become the Chosen Ones, they should have been brought out later, when the 3rd person has had an effect to make them Good Woman/Bad Man, but there isn't time. They are thrown into different worlds, creatures, magics, darkness and light. They must uncover the truth, who is seeking the object, what is it, what does it do? I have MANY twists and turns plotted already and an array of different species/people/places/backdrops to write against. Towards the end of the book, the Bad Man of the Head Council, Navas, kills the 3rd kid (Scott). There is another girl (Sarah) who's in love with Scott (they are a couple), and another boy (Daniel) who's secretly in love with Sarah. Navas makes it look as though Deecho killed Scott and in a twist, for the first time we get a Bad Woman on Head Council as Sarah vows to take revenge and becomes hell bent on finding the object as the evil people looking for it tell her it can bring him back (they want to use her powers). Daniel (who has always been a bit mean as opposed to the lovely Sarah) is then cast as Good Man who knows the object will not revive Scott and has to save Sarah from herself and save the omniverse in the process. In this first book (I think it'll end up 2 or 3) I explore the balance of good/bad, life/death, love/hate etc. It almost gives us a reason as to why things happen the way they do, seemingly so random. We meet the kids and go on their journey into the new worlds, the history of the Omniverse and all its wierd and wonderful inhabitants, untill they take their destiny as the Head Council. Its quite a dark fantasy novel. I realise this is probably all very convoluted but if it makes sense to you could you express an opinion? By the way, my Forum Name, Pondera, is also the title of the book, its the old Latin word for Balance or balanced thinking.