LESSONS IN SKILLS FOR LIFE
LESSONS IN SKILLS FOR LIFE is a fantasy trilogy set on an alternative Earth called Orson, flooded years before the story starts. The few survivors were rescued by the Minx, a secretive race with powerful skills they can share with the survivors. Now, women and children can choose to live peacefully in the Minx Lands, where the Skills are not needed, or join the rest in Orson. where the Skills are a necessary part of life. The waters have receded and Orson is divided into several areas: LIBERTY and TOWER are areas of Skill, organised into societies with different aims, while THE EDGE is a a village on the coast, inhabited by people who do not have any Skills.
Book One: HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER
Izzy and her friends the twins Bella and Beatrix go to Minx Hall to be trained by the Minx, who will open their minds to their innate Skills. They are joined by Anya and irritating Shayne, all about the same age (13 or so). Izzy’s Minx is Tarna, and Izzy soon discovers she is very good at Creation - making and unmaking things - but she has problems with communication (Farspeak, telepathic conversations with others) and Fartravel. As Izzy practices on her own, she accidentally walks through a door in her mind and appears in a very strange place.
Izzy discovers she is in Tower, where Culross, the leader, is keen to use her tremendous Creation skills and that strange Fartravel ability that brought her to Tower without the aid of the Minx. Izzy has to find a way to escape but she does not know who she can trust...
Book Two: HOW TO LOVE GOATS
Shayne discovers some unpalatable truths about her family and Bella learns how to live without depending on her sister.
Book Three: HOW IS ONLY HALF THE STORY
The girls will have to work hard and pull together to save their world. The do not realise it, but the very existence of the Minx may depend on them...