A Separate Power

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Loren Cooper

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Matthias is master of the black fires. But Matthias is haunted by the memory of horrific conflict, and he has no greater desire than personal peace. Hyrn sees a looming war of terrible destruction. Between them they will shake the foundations of more than one world.



Short Summary

A knife kisses Matthias throat as he wakes. He is taken from the safety of his home to the wild lands where Bodiless Powers roam free. Matthias can master the black fires of Soulsteel, used to combat the Bodiless. He meets Hyrn, Swordmaster, who needs Matthias's help to combat the Bodiless.


Two parallel universes (high fantasy)

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Matthias

Age: 29

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Strong Moral Code,Educated,Confident,Sophisticated,Leader,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Hyrn

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Badass,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Eliande

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Secretive,Strong Moral Code,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Nefta


Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits:

About The Author

Loren W Cooper's novel CrossTown was a 2018 Finalist for the Endeavor Award and a Nebula Nominee. He'd previously won the NESFA in 1998 for best short story and the EPIC in 2001 (Best Anthology) for hisshort story collection the Lives of Ghosts. He's also published a nonfiction work, Chain of Ghosts, that grapples with fundamental questions of the nature of story.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Amazon (originally Mundania)

Year Published: 2004

Hard Copy Available