Tangle of Choices
Neglected Merge Book 2
by Eve Koguce
Genre: Fantasy Drama
of Choices” is a futuristic fantasy drama novel.
The two different worlds have made the first diplomatic steps towards each other, but at the same time they keep aloof from closer emotional and personal involvement.
Tauria is the only person who is a part of both worlds now.
Harsh circumstances force Tauria to face difficult choices. They lead to personal drama which mercilessly pierces right through her established life. Tauria, guided by a sense of duty to people whose fate depends on her decision, risks her love and family life. Her husband Doron, despite being a person endowed with power as the future Ruler, cannot help his wife and share her burden.
Tauria, in pursuit of a noble purpose to keep their serene life style intact, hurts those who are important to her, testing her friendships, marriage and own sanity to the very core.
Will her choice turn out to be the right one? Will the fact that the sacrifice is justified be sufficient consolation when the whole extent of damage becomes evident?
As part of her crusade against hostility aimed to destroy the carefree lifestyle of both worlds, Tauria is forced to cooperate with an aggressor. Tauria faces the unknown, and the discoveries she makes change her view of the world.
“Tangle of Choices” is the second book in Neglected Merge series, but it can be read as a standalone novel.
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Abelia was sitting on a hard bench in the bank of wings.
The most precious possessions of the Winged Ones were stored in this vast space, with its ceilings higher than the highest ceilings of the halls of the White Castle. Its walls were covered in a row after a row of startlingly white wings. These were virgin wings: grown from a cell. Most of these beautiful limbs would never find a master. They would stay on this wall, unmoving and untouchable, almost sacred, for centuries to come. For many generations, the bank of wings was a manifest, a statement the Winged Ones made to the world and themselves. Its practical value was vague.
Abelia’s gaze wandered across the rows of the purely white wings. It paused upon a pair of tiny wings. Had there been a case in their history when an infant needed to have a transplantation? Abelia hadn’t heard of such. She wondered why her people continued to keep the bank of wings so meticulously stocked. The only case there was an acute need for the transplantation of wings was when Tauria had needed it. No one lost their limbs these days.
Abelia was coming to the sanctuary since she was a child. She remembered her awe when she had entered this place for the first time. She had come with her class: her parents didn’t believe in separating themselves and their children from the crowd. Back then, she hadn’t expressed her admiration verbally. She hadn’t even thought about doing it. She had stayed reserved and dignified during the excursion, just as it was expected from a Ruler’s daughter. The children – they were six to eight at that time – had walked in pairs solemnly. At the same time, Doctor Slythe explained the molecular method of growing wings and its significant differences from cloning. Abelia had listened carefully: science was her favourite subject. But in this case, she had also marvelled at what she had seen around her. Since that first visit, she came here regularly. The feeling she had experienced being among the rows of bodyless wings had been so overwhelming that she had used every opportunity to repeat it. She just sat there, in front of the walls covered with human-created wings – the achievement of her nation that had secured their survival – and thought about everything she couldn’t talk about with others.
Abelia had come here as a child, then as a teenager. She had come here after she got married when she realised that something was wrong with her, with Mael and the whole arrangement of their perfect from the outside matrimony. She came here now. It was the only place where she could confess privately that she was happy. She was happier now than she had been in years.
She loved the feeling of solitude when she returned to her quarters after a day of meaningful activities. She loved the feeling of doing something meaningful. She didn’t feel lonely when the empty rooms greeted her with silence. She didn’t feel abandoned when no one, often not even Sonrisa, was there to talk to her and ask her about her day. She hadn’t noticed that at first, but when she had, she was taken aback, ashamed even. She soon recovered, realising that it was the way she was. She had been like this before, and she wouldn’t change.
Neglected Merge Book 1
**Silver medal in the 2021 Global Book Awards in the Science Fiction / Fantasy category;
** Finalist award in the 2021 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest in the Fantasy General category.
novel “Neglected Merge” is an inspirational and thought-provoking
futuristic fantasy romance.
The story of fated lovers developed against a backdrop of a new post-apocalyptic world painted in bright tones. A fortuitous meeting of Tauria, an independent woman living in one utopian-style world, and Doron from high society of the other world, is destined to be the new beginning for both worlds.
Tauria, aged 32, lives in the society that seems to believe that happiness is a universal concept. People, who had survived the near apocalyptic experience, have built a whole new world full of pleasure and easiness. It is designed to make everyone feel happy every minute of their lives. Work brings satisfaction, hobbies are encouraged, relationships are supposed to bring out only positive emotions. Does it matter that things that don’t fit into the general happy pattern get discarded and disappear? Things like friendship and commitment. Things like true love. It is supposed to be enough with lightness and never-ending joy.
But there are two worlds now. They are forced to exist side by side. Can they find a way to live together? The Chinese proverb says: “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” What will the people of two worlds, so utterly different and at the same time so similar, choose?
“Neglected Merge” won a silver medal in the 2021 Global Book Awards in the Science Fiction / Fantasy category. It also received a finalist award in the 2021 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest in the Fantasy General category.
“I just don’t want to have useless hopes. It hurts.”
It sounded pathetic, and it was exactly what made her feel that life in their perfect new world was empty and void of colour, but she was born and raised with these beliefs and it was not a one year’s – and three days with a Winged One – task to change her completely.
“I know. I understand. But life full of love and emotions inevitably hurts. I’m telling you this with the whole authority with a soon-to-be certified historian. Others in my course see it as a disadvantage, which was successfully eliminated after the Merge. They think that it’s wiser to live our lives like a straight line without fluctuations. And they’re satisfied that the mankind that had survived had done everything to make life a straight line. We don’t have poverty, we don’t have crime, if only occasional, insignificant, we don’t have to fight for our land and even for love. Mankind has learned its lessons. But human nature is more complicated than we imagine. And the fact that after the Merge we found that we are not alone in our world is the best proof for that.”
Tauria listened to his declaration and admired the depth of thought and the simplicity of complicated things put into words. She felt exactly the same way and she knew that he was right. Could it ease all her fears? No, it couldn’t. But it eased her panic and stopped the denial that she had started to feel about her whole plan to see Doron again.
“There is no other explanation available for us now than this one: Doron was doing everything that was in his power to get back to you. Legitimately, this time. And the fact that he is the king’s son only makes this theory more trustworthy. He actually has such power. Which means, Tauria, and don’t start again with your melodrama, that he is more capable to find a way for you two to be together than if he was a Winged One carpenter.”
“You know that in case something goes wrong I’ll be crying on your shoulder, Byrne, don’t you? For the rest of our miserable melodrama free lives.”
“Oh, my good old Tauria and her lost sense of humour are back. Now I can leave you to your reading task for tomorrow without any worries for your sanity.”
“Thank you, you’re a real friend. I promise, I won’t jump out of the window.”
“Please, make sure of it.”
“I will, now, go.”
Byrne left, and Tauria was quite ready to dive into the most fascinating part of the history of mankind.
Koguce has been in love with books for as long as she remembers
herself. The typewriter her first attempts at writing had been made
at still sits proudly on its shelf in the basement. After fifteen
years spent trying to fit into the office work pattern, Eve Koguce
had decided to pursue her dreams and turned to writing.
Eve Koguce lives on the coast of the Baltic Sea with her husband, her son, and their exceedingly charming ginger cat. She loves nature, history, and literature. Her hobby - and a childhood dream that came true - is horse riding.
Eve's debut novel “Neglected Merge” - book one in the Neglected Merge trilogy - has won a silver medal in the 2021 Global Book Awards in the Science Fiction / Fantasy category. It also won a finalist award in the 2021 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest in the Fantasy General category.
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