John Zeleznik (john_zeleznik(d) on QT) has signed with agent Bob Mecoy of Bob Mecoy Literary Agency.
"Winter’s Discord" was an attempt by me to write something like George RR Martin’s "A Game of Thrones" for a young adult audience.
Other things: Be humble. Get good betas. Be proud of being a writer. Have fun.
My name is John Zeleznik. I am writing you about “Winter’s Discord,” a YA fantasy where a group of young people thrown into a dangerous situation they do not understand and made to pay for the transgressions of their fathers and mothers. Inspired heavily by George RR Martin, I often refer to the book as a “YA Game of Thrones” with the same multiple point of view style. I think the book has potential in either the young adult or traditional fantasy market.
Fifteen-year-old Ben Grange is the third son of a powerful duke. He spends his days squiring for his father and his nights avoiding as much responsibility as is acceptable. He dreams of being a great hero like the ones he reads about but opportunities for greatness are few and far between under his father’s watchful eye. When an attempt is made on his life, a strange and powerful magic awakens within him, reflecting the dark omens plaguing the kingdom but saving his life and the men with him. Suddenly, Ben’s life seems less certain than it once had.
Sent to foster with his father’s best friend, the disgraced Bachelor Prince, Ben enters an even more dangerous world: the royal court. A world of balls, schemes and plots that Ben is unaccustomed to. Seduced by the promise of glory and struggling with the changing definition of right and wrong in the decadent capital, Ben aligns himself with a group of ne’er-do-well fops, dandies and thugs known as the Third Sons, alienating his closest friends with his smug and obnoxious behavior, leaving them to deal with the growing darkness around their friend.
While he struggles to control the power building within him, his friends are left alone to deal with questions of loyalty, friendship, responsibility and isolation. Ben realizes he has one last chance to make up for his mistakes: the Challenge Cup Tournament. There he will sacrifice the very prestige he craves to redeem himself in the eyes of those most important to him. But it may be too late. All they know and love may be coming to an end - because of Ben.