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Gary Nilsen

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A troubled teenage boy discovers he’s the last heir of an ancient elfin queen. Saved by a mysterious fae creature from self-destruction, he embarks on a journey of discovery and revenge for his mothers' murder that might destroy him.


Young Adult,Fantasy,Action,Adventure

Short Summary

Timothy Brennan suffers a deep depression and experiences a downward spiral from romantic rejection, his mother’s death, and having to live with on ogre of an uncle. When he tries to kill himself, a fairy named Aenya saves him because she’s come to suspect he’s not human at all.


New Hamphire and Ireland

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Timothy Brennan

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Romantic,Underdog,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Aenya

Age: 174

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Badass,Lone Wolf,Skillful,Confident,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Cadwaladr

Age: 600

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Villainous,Aggressive,Badass,Confident,Criminal,Greedy,Unapologetic,Power Hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Bardan

Age: 800

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Decisive,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Leader

About The Author

Gary Nilsen was born and raised in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York, but his career and interests have taken him far afield. In the early 1980s he spent five years living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia while working for an international group of companies. A decade later, his interest in underwater archaeology, found him teamed with a research fellow from The Institute for Nautical Archaeology and working on the excavation of an ancient shipwreck in the Red Sea. Gary has written articles on marine archaeology, appeared on a special edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, authored two novels, and recently received an MFA in Fiction Writing. During his tenure in the masters’ program, Gary was awarded the university’s Robert J. Begiebing prize for a writer who demonstrated high literary promise. He currently resides in New York with his love Nancy and their two Old English Sheepdogs, Harry and Nana.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Loves of fantasy fiction / a new take on Arthurian Legend

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Alexian Books

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available







Timothy is grieving the death of his mother and living out typical teenage nightmares when he is rescued during his suicide attempt. He meets Aenya, an elf who believes he is the descendant of an ancient elvan bloodline. Timothy is taken to his people to learn there ways and his place among them with the help of the elders and the Queen, his grandmother. His evil uncle is looking to claim power, fighting Timothy but losing the battle that kills Timothy's love, Aenya.

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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story begins exploring Timothy's life and his dark emotions. He is not only bullied at school but has recently lost his mother who is uncle blames for her death. He has only one friend, is constantly being humiliated and tries to commit suicide. It takes a hard look at the lives of some young people and what drives them to take their lives.

Possible Drawbacks

The elf world could be more unique with it's origins and mythology. It feels like this story has already been told many times before. The mythical world that Timothy is descended from could be set from anywhere in the world. An ancient elf world has been done so elaborately recently that it would be hard not to make comparisons. There are so many ideologies from around the world from so many cultures that would make for a more unique story. There is also little action to the story. It spends a lot of time world building but some of that could be condensed to build more of a climax when Timothy faces off with his uncle.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Timothy finds out he is the descendant of an ancient Elvan lineage and leaves the human world to join his people. His uncle is out the claim more power and recreate an ancient realm for his own nefarious purposes. I would watch the movie for the fantasy aspect of the story. There is magic and a new world to explore.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase with more action and adventure. The story has many slow parts when Timothy is learning about his new world and making new connections. While important to developing the character, it brings down the pace and tone of the story.

Awards Potential

This could have awards potential for special effects and art direction. This is a fantasy and many liberties can be taken in the design of the world building.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is not very original. It is about a chosen one, hidden in the human world who learns about there true lineage and must face their destiny. The plot is the same for so many young adult fantasy novels. The elven element could be removed and replaced with a lesser known mythology.

Lead Characters

The lead character is a typical fantasy genre character. He is rescued from his life to find out his destiny in a magical world. He is confused and unsure of himself especially considering he is only 17 years old. He has some very realistic moments as he struggles with his mental health that would be relatable to audiences today.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average story that would not hold up to the inevitable comparisons. Because the story deals with elven culture, it would not stand up against the Lord of the Rings which explores that world thoroughly. The story places a young white male as its' hero which is not fresh or new. Timothy's friend, Omar , would be a great main character that could bring a mythology from Pakistan to life that would be unique to western audiences.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Streaming TV Series: Streaming, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Cable

Analyst Recommendation



The story is well written, entertaining and heartwarming, however, it has been seen before. There are so many young adult fantasy novels with this exact plot and many have been produced into films. There are so many stories and mythologies in the world outside of the United Kingdom that should be explored. As is, it is not unique enough to garner much success. It should appeal to modern audiences as well with a diverse cast and story.