I am by no means a writer, I do not care if my story gets published (if it does great), I just have a goal to write a novel. I have been playing around with an idea for my story for some time now and by reading this forum I see that there are many others with similar ideas and it worries me that my story wont be unique enough. So here is a simplified plot line. Please feel free to make any comments. The genre is mostly fantasy with a bit of sci-fi. My story is about a boy named Fin, he was raised by his grandparents because his parents were on the run (it is illegal to marry someone or have kids with someone from another tribe). His mom is from the water tribe, his father from the fire. When different tribes have children together, this creates elementalists, or people who can control all elements. Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Aether (Space/Void). His parents are from a magical world where the only 2 aether elementalists were in a major battle, which created a dimensional rift that allows people with the ability to sense these rifts (imagine a wave) at the peaks and valleys one can travel through the rift to other worlds. There is a prophecy that there will be two elementalists, one that will try to destroy the world and one that will save it. Because of the prophecy this is why it is illegal to marry between tribes. Fin is an elementalist and because he grew up on Earth, a world without magic, he knows nothing of his powers, his parents or this other world. Fin gets thrown into the magical world, he must travel the world and hone his elemental magic powers, and learn from a master of each. He then must defeat the evil overlord (one of the original aether elementalists that created the rift) and her sidekick another elementalist. Fin knows he cannot win by himself and convinces the other elementalist to help him defeat the evil overlord. I have not worked out a ton of the internal plot but mainly just the premise of the story. There will be other supporting characters, love interests etc. There seems to be several other posts with people writing on elemental magic so is this something that is being overdone? What are your thoughts on the combination of fantasy (magical world) with sci-fi (dimensional rifts)? Is this a good pairing or? It seems that there needs to be a way to get to the magical world in any story if they are not currently part of it, and I thought that this could be a cool way of doing so. Please let me know your thoughts, I plan on leaving sections of the story on here to get peoples opinions on as I write.