In the midst of a war that has lasted since the beginnings of civilization, the leader of the Talismen training sector decides that it is time to call upon their foreseen hope for an unforeseen dilemma. But their newest recruit has failed to yet recognize even his simplest power. Whenever eleven-year-old Roman was asked “How did you know that?” by people like Hal, he struggled to find an answer, both for the person asking, and for himself. Roman and Caleb didn’t think much at first when two out-of-place boys stopped them in their tracks coming home from school, until two of their classmates set off a fake bomb at the movie theater. Upon finding that these were connected, Roman would have to choose between facing his destiny alone or trusting complete strangers. But even after joining the Talismen, Roman soon finds that he’s more alone than he thinks…
Talismen: Birthstones is a fantasy/scifi novel written by E.B.C Teller (Elizabeth Robinson before she adopted her nom de plume). Birthstones is the first installment in the Talismen series, which follows young Roman as he struggles to find his place and do good in a hidden world full of superpowered individuals known as Genedeaues.
Teller finished the first draft of Birthstones in the 7th grade (2010) and published through Amazon CreateSpace in her freshman year of high school( February 2013). The second edition featured above was published in 2014, with new cover art by Sarah Puett.
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- How old were you when you wrote your first book?
I began writing a book in the fifth grade, when I was ten or eleven years old. After two failed attempts at writing novels, I had a dream (literal, not metaphorical) that turned into the Talismen series. The name of the previous book’s protagonist, Roman, carried over to Talismen, as well.
I began Talismen in middle school (age 11), and published through Amazon CreateSpace my first year of high school (age 14).
- What is Talismen about?
Talismen is a fantasy/sci-fi mixture series about a boy who discovers he has superpowers. Additionally, the books explore loss, interpersonal relations, the evolution of cooperation, and young Roman’s journey to adulthood.
- How did Talismen get its name?
I started writing Talismen in the sixth grade. During one reading class, we learned “talisman” as a vocabulary word. I thought it described the Genedeaue gems so well that I began calling the protagonists the Talismen before I even wrote that part of the book!
- Do you recommend self-publishing?
That depends, are you a fourteen year old with no marketing experience?