March 29, 2020

Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy Book One)

Becoming - Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy Book One- a young adult fantasy romance novel by Raine Thomas

The interest in my debut novel, Becoming, has completely blown me away. I feel I owe much of that to the amazing cover designed by Devan Edwards at Nimbi Design, who truly brought my written words to life. Any writer out there knows what an emotional moment it is to see that first finished cover.


But that cover design has done more than simply make my world a whole lot brighter. It’s made my Facebook and Twitter friends deeply curious.

“Who’s that girl on the cover?” I’ve heard. “Why does she have those designs around her eyes?” another friend wanted to know. “What a compelling image! Makes me want to read the book,” many others have said.

These questions and comments tell me that Devan really knocked it out of the park. So, thank you, Devan, and thanks to everyone for your interest! Now, for the book description you’ve all been waiting for…I hope it does the cover justice!


Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy Book One


Every three years, Amber Hopkins explodes. Okay, not a blown-to-smithereens explosion, but whatever it is always hurts like hell and leaves her life a shambles. She’s already worked her way through five foster placements, and she’s doing whatever she can to avoid getting blasted into a sixth.

As her eighteenth birthday approaches and she feels the strange and powerful energy building, disaster looms. When the inevitable explosion occurs, her life gets its biggest shakeup yet. She’ll not only learn how her fellow foster and best friend, Gabriel, really feels about her, but she’ll discover that she isn’t really without family.

To top it all off, she’ll finally find out why she’s having the power surges: she isn’t entirely human.

Amber must Become, transitioning to another plane of existence and risking the loss of the most important relationship she’s ever had. Her choice will impact the future of an entire race of beings, and will pit her against an enemy that will prey upon her doubt to try and take her very life.

Kind of makes the explosions now seem like a cakewalk.

Join the Daughters of Saraqael as they discover their other halves…their Estilorian halves. The journey begins with Becoming, now available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, coming soon to all other digital platforms.


  1. Melissa says:

    I had the awesome opportunity to read the first three chapters of Becoming (thanks Raine!) and let me just say it was AMAZING. I am already hooked. I can’t wait to read the whole book and of course the whole trilogy :)

  2. Heather says:

    I just read the first chapter & can’t wait to read the whole trilogy myself I even have my daughter excited about it !

  3. Melissa says:

    The world of the Estilorians is a world unlike any other. I have never read anything like this. From the very beginning (prologue, ahem) my heart was pounding. Amber is a young woman that is easy to relate to and root for. I immediately liked her and felt her feelings of loss, excitement, fear, doubt, joy and more. The life she has lived has been one of extreme loss and hardship. Her sarcastic humor and snarky attitude are tools she uses to protect herself. Her journey in Becoming is nothing short of remarkable. Gabriel is the type of guy that we all should be so lucky to have in our lives. His attention and love for Amber is endearing and sweet. I cannot imagine one without the other.

    Raine Thomas has the incredible ability to paint this new world into our minds with the written word. I could see and feel it all. It is simply beautiful. As I type this I am longing to read Central, so I will close. I am so grateful that I have been able to “meet” Raine and be introduced to the Estilorians. I absolutely loved every word. Read Becoming for yourself and be prepared to enter a fantasy you’ve never even dreamed of.

    Side note: I really want my own Gloresti *swoon*

  4. im reading the first book right now i was automatically sucked in! i love gabriel and ambers relationship and am looking forward to finishing this book so i can read the next one. what i like about this book is that even though its got a supernatural gemre its not like any of the books i have read. i dont know how this story will plan out when the other supernatural books iv read, the plots are pretty predictable! keep up the good writing raine!

  5. teari says:

    i started reading becoming it is AMAZING so for im so glad i got to meet you today at my school you guys have inspired me to finish my book i was trying to write and try to publish some of my poems i will try to send you some :)

    • Raine Thomas says:

      Hi, Teari! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my blog, and for letting me know how much you’re enjoying BECOMING! It was a pleasure to meet you today. :) Please do reach out to me as your writing continues. I would be delighted to share any insights and advice you may want along the way!