Progenie (Scions of Darkness, Book 1)

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17th Century or Earlier,Across Centuries,Contemporary

Mack LIttle

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Zenobia Grant has always known monsters existed because she was one of them…brutal, powerful, deadly


Action,Gothic,Fantasy,Folktale,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

Chaz, white and privileged, honeymoons in Paris. He is mourning the loss of his lover, Zen, whom he believes is a poor black girl. Chaz and his wife enter a gallery with images of one subject, Zen. Joseph, the mysterious owner compels Chaz to buy a portrait, a clue to Zen's true identity.

Zen's quest to learn what kind of creature she is, now completed, has cost her everything that has helped her to hold on to her humanity. The last of her family is dead, murdered by Joseph, leaving Zen to contemplate becoming the monster she was born to be.


Houston TX, Paris France, Yemen, Jerusalem, Egypt

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Nudity,Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Zenobia

Age: 23

Gender: Other

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Sexy,Lone Wolf,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Nikaule

Age: 3,000 yres

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Underdog,Charming,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Engaging,Visionary,Heroic,Seductive,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Joseph

Age: 5,000 yrs old

Gender: Lgbt

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Villainous,Charming,Complex,Crazy,Power Hungry,Desperate,Skillful,Faithful,Visionary,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

Progenie features a woman of color as the main character while having a diverse cast representing a broad range of demographics. A story of Zen's origin, Progenie spans scores of centuries, from antiquity to the present, and sprawls across the globe from the Middle East to Paris to New Orleans and Houston. A breathtaking array of creatures know or want to know Zen's essence - characters from the Bible and the Quran, fallen angels, djinns, dhampyrs, Scions (a form of vampire), and more. Meticulously researched, creative beyond words, packed with romance, passion, jealousy, and violence this is an epic tale that has the potential to attract a broad, active, and international fan base. It has complex characters, story, scope, and production value.

About The Author

Mack was born in Conyers, Georgia. She studied International Politics in Seville, Spain. She lived, several years in Germany. Her studies and service in the Army have taken her all over the U.S. She travels o Europe regularly for research. Mack is currently on the Board of Directors of the Houston Writer’s Guild. “Progenie” is her first novel. Mack grew up in a rural and small, close-knit community in the Deep south. Growing up in such a way and in such a place provided a spring of experiences from which to gather rich stories with a discernable Southern Gothic edge. After leaving the Army, Mack worked as a medical librarian and an adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University. Mack has authored and co-authored several articles for professional journals such as the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Medical Research Services Quarterly, and the Journal of Electronic Resources. She has presented at the Medical Library Association Conference, the Texas Gulf Coast Healthy Communities Partnership, and the Special Libraries Association Conference. She co-authored the book, Disaster Planning: a How-to-do-it manual, published by Neal-Schuman Publishers in 2005. Mack performs occasionally in Community Theater.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,LGBT Leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Ellysian Press

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available







Zen discovers the true potential of her power in trying to save her father. His sacrifice unlocks the monster in her and she vows to seek revenge. She must navigate a complex history, hierarchy of mystic creatures and being in love in order to properly punish her father's killer.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile is pretty true to the story. In the short summary Chaz is given a bigger description that Joseph who seems to be a more important character than Chaz within the plot.

Draw of Story

The complex mythology of the djinni is a rich backdrop not normally seen in supernatural movies. Zenobia is a strong protagonist with a compelling identity crisis that turns into an even more compelling revenge plot.

Possible Drawbacks

The large cast of characters along with time shifts, multiple locations and their interconnectedness make sense in hindsight, but at the beginning too much new information is confusing to keep track of. Following the story the first time is different than knowing the details of the story beforehand in a second telling. Explaining more at the beginning regarding Zen's purpose and identity would help give a sense of direction to the multi narrative.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is the complex power and morals of the jinn. Zen has to rediscover herself within this world in order to avenge her father. In unlocking her identity she only heightens her power.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a medium fan base of those that enjoy mythology and fantasy. It has a lot of different elements including action, romance, and drama with a large cast that could appeal to a diverse audience. But also due to having so many elements coupled with an unfamiliar mythology the story could be too complex for the mass population.

Awards Potential

The fantasy genre generally does not fare well in the awards ceremonies for film, but given more time for character development might garner prestige TV recognition thanks to the rich mythology. Depending on the rating and medium of an adaptation, the imaginative relationships might fare well in popular teen awards.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The originality comes from the complex research on Middle Eastern mythology and religion. The depth of its reaches spanning different locations and eras is rich and mesmerizing. The glossaries would less available to a visual adaptation so simplifying or adding explanations about the complex hierarchy of mystic creatures could help make the unfamiliar creatures easier to follow.

Lead Characters

Zenobia becomes more human in losing her humanity through finding out she is not human. Losing her family makes her want to become a moral monster, but she realizes she is a powerful physical monster instead. Zen has a righteous rage and survival instinct that is relatable and interesting.

Uniqueness of Story

This uses rare mythology, but it is perhaps too complex because it contains so many elements. The mystery at the beginning of how Zenobia and Chaz are connected is slightly too much confusion to go along with that Zenobia is also discovering herself and the past.

Possible Formats

TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

Leaving less of a mystery at the beginning of the hero's journey could give a clearer direction to Zen's main objective and internal arc even if her connection to the other characters and timelines is less apparent at the beginning. In order for their to be strong emotional investment in a character's success, what that character is and what their goals are need to be clearly defined and waiting for the definition delays the emotional attachment.