2 rewritten versions lower down in the thread! So, bypassing all the Dear Agent blah blah, below is the bit about the book that will go into the query. (Title is preliminary) A few questions: 1. Does it stand out as a story? Or is it just like, interesting but well, you've seen it before so really it ain't all that exciting? 2. What sort of story would you expect this book to be? Action-packed? Character-driven? A lot of emotional drama or rather sword fights and battle? Is romance a side plot or would you say more of a central plot? 3. Would you expect one protagonist, or multiple protagonists? (Or multiple POV characters - I'm a bit fuzzy about the difference but I hope you understand what I mean!) 4. And of course, any critique on the writing quality please! ETA: feel free to comment on whether the title is interesting too. It's just my current file name at the moment. Without further adieu: Shadow War (130k) First Version When Shadow Walker captures Will's city during a civil war, William Reus had no choice but join the militia in the fight. But Shadow Walker isn't just killing men, he's killing dryads too, kidnapping them from the forests and using their flesh to make poison weapons until they are spent. Will - part-dryad - seeks to rescue them to form an alliance between them and the militia. He believes the dryads are the militia's only chance at victory. Moreover, he's made a promise to save them, and he intends to keep it. The militia, however, has their own agenda and Arlia Grithor, militia commander and Will's childhood sweetheart, must choose between obeying her father's orders to simply burn the dryads and thus destroy Shadow Walker's means of creating his deadly weapons, or help Will free them. Where does their respective loyalty lie? Meanwhile, Shadow Walker is interested in getting Will on his side of the fight.