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After her father’s death on a mountain rescue mission, Kaylie Ames watched her family shatter. She fled Tacoma for college in faraway Austin, figuring that even the worst campus drama would be a relief. But when her old friend Elliott turns up on his knees in the grocery store aisle, raving about something called a morphis, Kaylie feels compelled to enter Elliott’s unfamiliar world.

Guided by Elliott and his friends, Kaylie signs on to the massively popular online game Edannair. There she discovers a world of beautiful vistas and magical creatures, where people from all over the globe step into the roles of warriors on fantastical quests. But a real-world evil threatens the players: the mysterious Holder, leader of the elite team known as Sarkmarr, is coercing his followers into traumatic offline dares known as “morphis assignments.” To save her friends, Kaylie must infiltrate Sarkmarr and survive the Holder’s tests. 

Will she find the courage there to hold her real-world family together?


Praise for The Holder's Dominion

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The Holder’s Dominion is a heartfelt, fast-paced thrill ride. . . . ” —Micky Neilson, New York Times-bestselling author

“You fall at once into Kaylie’s world. . . . It will keep you turning the pages.” —Christie Golden, New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi—Ascension

“My secret hope is that [Davis’s] strong heroine’s experiences in such a rich gaming world inspires more women to enter the game industry. . . .” —Billy Cain, vice-chairman, International Game Developers Association – Austin

“Davis creates both an everyday world and a world of adventure, then she laces them together and pulls tightly.” Richard A. Bartle, PhD, Professor of Game Design, University of Essex

“Gaming has never looked more intriguing . . . or inviting.” —Kristian Nairn, actor

“An imaginative outing. . . .” —Alan Kistler, author and host of Crazy Sexy Geeks Podcast

“A very good read. . . . eye opening.” —Timothy Mitchell, highly ranked World of Warcraft player

“Genese Davis is an author to watch.” —James Waugh, senior developer and entertainment executive

“A captivating adventure . . . a vivid fantasy realm.” —Jacob Horning, musician and video game expert

"Through Davis’ work, my fledgling relationship with ‘gamer’s lit’ has evolved into a full-blown love affair." —Seacoast Online

". . . despite not being familiar with this culture of gamers, I had no problem getting sucked into the story."—MariReads

". . .I can't wait to read [Davis's] next book"—Cheryl's Book Nook

"It is an amazing story that flows beautifully, catches the reader’s interest very quickly and leaves you wanting more.'—My Bookish Fairy Tale