“A Swift Changing Course”

— in the anthology, Ages of Wonder,
edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Rob St. Martin.

Children of Magic

About the Anthology

Here are nineteen original stories of myth, magic, and the creatures of fantasy, as seen through different historical eras— from the Age of Antiquity to the Age of Sails, the Colonial Age, the Age of Pioneers, the Pre-Modern Age, and the Age to come...

Jana’s Notes

A couple of years ago, I fell in love with the Age of Sail and the Napoleonic Wars. I read every fiction book I could get my hands on (my favourites being the Horatio Hornblower Series by C.S. Forester and the Kydd Series by Julian Stockwin), then followed this up with a lot of non-fiction.

When given a chance to submit to Ages of Wonder, I tried not to write about the Age of Sail, mostly because I haven’t been able to go on my tall ship adventure trip yet. There’s only so much you can get out of research books, after all. Of course, my brain refused to give in to my quest to write a story not involving the ocean, and A Swift Changing Course was born.

The story revolves around Kaimi Loraen, a girl living in the shadow of her mother, a great mage who gave her life to defend her country. After growing up under a cloud of people’s high expectations – and showing no hint of magical power – Kaimi boards a ship headed to a distant land. Little does she know that her true abilities will come to light on the journey -- when her vessel is attacked by enemies in the middle of a fierce supernatural storm.