Fishing for Birds: a teenage anthology Y K Willemse was published in at age sixteen, 2010.
Rafen: Volume One of The Fledgling Account. Published August 18th, 2015. Officially out of print February 2017.
The Sianian Wolf: Volume Two of The Fledgling Account. Published September 22nd, 2015. There are a few copies left.
Servant of the King: Volume Three of The Fledgling Account. Published October 2015. Officially out of print February 2017.
The Fourth Runi: Volume Four of The Fledgling Account. Published November 17, 2015. Officially out of print February 2017.
Note: contact the author through this website if you want to find out how you can get one of her spare copies.
How to be an Author: an advice book for authors that Y K Willemse was published in on May 30th, 2016.
The Fledgling Account
“I do not think you understand,” Phil said. “But you will one day. One day you will know death is better than surrender.”
All twelve-year-old Rafen wants is to escape from slavery in Tarhia and find the strange phoenix feather that haunts his dreams. Little does he know his name links him to a legendary figure in the Pilamùric prophecies. As a result, Rafen is being raised for servitude to the demonic Lashki Mirah. But even if he escapes, will he ever know what it means to be free?
The start of an all-new, epic fantasy fiction series entitled The Fledgling Account, Rafen tells the story of a twelve-year-old seeking true freedom. This YA high fantasy thriller will be sure to keep you turning pages as you discover a world of mystery, horror, supernatural powers, spirits, sorcery, and swords. Perfect for intermediate and high school students – but containing plenty of excitement for adults – Rafen promises a reawakening of the epic fantasy genre in today’s market.
The Sianian Wolf
“It’s time you met the real king of Siana,” Frankston hissed, his eyes widening with anticipation.
When Rafen and his newfound family, who are royalty of Siana, return from their year long sabbatical, Rafen is certain something is wrong. But before he can figure out what it is, Lord Frankston – King Robert’s younger brother – has already trapped the royal family in the same room as the Lashki Mirah, an invincible figure who rose from the dead decades ago to steal the Sianian throne. Forced to flee, Rafen means to spend all his time trying to save those he loves – if they are still alive … but instead, he unintentionally discovers a whole new side of himself.
The Sianian Wolf is the second volume in the epic fantasy fiction series The Fledgling Account. In this new installment, Rafen must draw his sword to face not just the Lashki Mirah, but the demons and sorcery that made him what he is. In the end, it is only strong friendship and faith in the Phoenix that chose him which will save Rafen.
“Fans of Game of Thrones and J. R. R. Tolkien will love this book series!” – Tony Newton, author of The Zombie Rule Book and filmmaker.
Servant of the King
“There mustn’t be a day in his life,” Sirius went on, addressing everyone now, “that Rafen does not think of the copper rod and remember its touch. It will not be long before he fights the Lashki again, and then, who knows who will win? The final confrontation! No matter how many men the Fledgling recruits in the end, he knows he must always face the Lashki Mirah. Only Rafen has the power to harm him.”
“How do you know all this?” Rafen hissed.
“I have known you for a long time, Rafen,” the bald man said, caressing the skull Wilkins, “but you have not known me.”
When Rafen and his friends venture out of Fritz’s Hideout to save Siana from the Lashki Mirah, Rafen meets the notorious Pirate King, Sirius Jones. After almost a year of trying to find warriors to help free Siana, it appears Rafen’s search is finally over. Only when someone who Rafen should have protected has been murdered does Rafen discover his mistake. Now two monstrosities have been unleashed in Siana: Sirius Jones’ power and the Lashki Mirah’s. Rafen and his friends begin to realise they have no hope of saving their country. But Rafen refuses to give up. He knows one way through which he can salvage their chances of overthrowing Sirius and the Lashki. In a single act of sacrifice that will demand everything he has – even his soul – he proves himself the son of his mother and the true servant of the king.
The Fourth Runi
Just when Rafen’s life is settling down, Sherwin – who has taken some mysterious journey alone – returns to tell him who he really is. Rafen’s titles of Fledgling of the Phoenix and Sianian Wolf have all been pointing to something he has deliberately ignored… but it’s impossible to ignore now. Angry at being cut off from the royal family and isolated with his blood father in the country, Rafen makes a move that he believes will tie him to the Sianian government and royal courts forever. Desperate to claim all that is rightfully his because of the phoenix feather he received at twelve, Rafen risks alienating Sherwin, his brother Francisco, and even Etana from himself as he pursues the life that he believes should be his… for only suffering will show him what it means to be Zion’s truest representative on the Mio Pilamùr.
The Fourth Runi is the fourth volume in The Fledgling Account, and promises the most epic battle between villain and protagonist yet, as both grow in strength... and the desperate desire to destroy each other.This is a paranormal high fantasy fiction novel in its own category, designed to thrill young adults and anyone else who isn’t careful enough to stay away from it.
“Innovative world-building and absorbing characters” – R. L. Stedman, award-winning author of Inner Fire