Science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history for young adult readers

Imprisonment. Slavery. War. Love.

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This page links to my young adult fiction. I've also written adult fiction often in the same series as my young adult fiction! so this page will help readers to find my young adult stories.

About me: Dusk Peterson writes stories for young readers that are science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history, centered on characters who are bound together by friendship or romance. A resident of Maryland, Mx. Peterson lives with an apprentice and several thousand books.

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Soon after they were born, they were tattooed with the signs of their ranks: master or servant. Now, in the time between past and future, the youths of the Midcoast nations find themselves in predicaments and even high danger. Unable to flee their troubles, they face a thick, unyielding barrier . . . until the power of friendship breaks through.
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     ¶ Genres: Alternate history and science fiction.
     ¶ Data: 60,000 words.


Survival School. Arrested for a crime he doesn't regret, Bat ends up handcuffed to a group of fellow city boys and sent on a long journey into the countryside. He know that he is being transported to a prison for delinquent servant boys, but what form will his imprisonment take?

Sweeping Day. It's sweeping day again, and her task seems straightforward: clean the dirt in her master's study and leave. But Sally's master is no ordinary master, and Sally's sweeping could be the trigger for war. Finding herself in a dangerous trap, Sally must draw upon the wisdom of her allies in the servants' kitchen before disaster strikes.

Emancipation. Sling knows that his life's work has already been determined: he is to be a house slave, serving his master's son. But secret meetings in hidden places with his master's son make Sling uncertain of what will happen next. When news arrives of a proclamation that will allow Sling to leave his hated master, Sling faces a difficult choice: whether to flee to safety or to stay and face the dangers of an unknown future.

Far Enough Away. For two years, since his parents left for the west coast of the continent, Phillip has lived in a mountain home, as far as he can get from society. But when the loss of his beloved companion forces him out of his refuge, he finds that the world is on the cusp of change. And he may be one of the few people left who is able to outrace that change.

New Day. Kit has reached her apprenticeship birthday and is on a path to inherit power. But what sort of power will she wield?

Queue. What should a young servant do when his employer may fire him at any moment, his employer's beautiful daughter is absorbed with her high school textbook ("How to be Firm with Servants"), and he's blocked from carrying out a simple task by a snooty cyborg?

AI. Tripp has two friends in high school: a rebel without a cause, and a girl fighting the social restraints upon her. But only one human being has any real hope of understanding Tripp, and he isn't human at all.


Law Links

Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.

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     ¶ Genre: Fantasy.
     ¶ Data: 160,000 words.


Right or Right

Linnet is trouble. Everyone agrees about that. Driven from her native barony, she arrives at Goldhollow in hopes of beginning a new life, only to discover that she cannot escape her past.

As Linnet is drawn into memories of a dark young man she once knew, she must deal in the present with a boy who is headed toward danger, as well as a child-like baron who may force her to betray her past.

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     ¶ Genre: Fantasy.
     ¶ Data: 18,000 words.


Night Shadow

A prince who could see beyond his borders but not see the people around him. . . . An enemy who would take any measure to get what he wanted. . . . And now a stranger has brought news to the prince of an approaching danger.

Young though he is, Farsight has inherited a powerful gift from his father that allows him to protect his realm. But when a conniving king in a neighboring country sets his sights on Farsight's mountain of gold, the prince will need help to protect himself against an assassin's knife. Will a newfound companion-in-arms be enough to save Farsight, once the Night Shadow crosses the border?

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     ¶ Genre: Fantasy.
     ¶ Data: 8,000 words.

Copyright & fan works

The contents of this website are copyright © 2016-2018 Dusk Peterson.

You're welcome to create fan fiction and fan art about my stories. If you do, please say I wrote the story that your fan work is based on. Also, please link back to either ya.duskpeterson.com or duskpeterson.com. My fan works disclaimer.


Questions and comments may be sent to Mx. Peterson at  duskpeterson(at)fastmail.fm.