Hi! I’m Delilah Waan and I write epic fantasy.

My debut fantasy novel, Petition, is the story of Rahelu, the daughter of deeply indebted immigrant fisherfolk, who must beat her privileged rich kids rivals in a ruthless job hunt tournament to save her family.

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Approximate length:

~115,000 words / 430 pages paperback / 374 pages hardcover

“You don’t belong here. Go back to the gutters, or better yet, to Chanaz. Don’t shame the Guild; no House will take someone like you.”

Petition, Chapter 2, House-born

Here’s what you can expect:

👩🏻 An angry Asian female lead who’s flawed but relatable
🔥 Her rage literally gives her power
✨ Everyone can do emotion-based magic!
⚔️ Fast-paced sword & sorcery tournament with spears and crossbows
🔪 Murder mystery with evil cultists (and a little gore)
🐟 Lots of fish (main character’s family are immigrant fisherfolk)
💔 Asian parenting trauma
😭 Emotional devastation
🏅 Award winning writing (Petition is an SPFBO9 semi-finalist and a 2023 Indie Ink finalist)

If you loved Daughter of the Empire by Janny Wurts, The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, or The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee, you’ll probably have a great time.

From the back cover:

In the Dominion of Aleznuaweite, anyone can rise to the greatest heights—if they are willing to pay the price.

Failure is a luxury Rahelu can’t afford. Her family sold everything, left their ancestral home, and became destitute foreigners for the sake of her resonance skills. Now she can manipulate emotional echoes to discern truth from lies, conjure the past, and even foretell the future.

But an act of petty revenge by her rival destroys her chance at joining one of the great Houses. Desperate to prove her family’s sacrifices were not in vain, Rahelu calls upon the most dangerous magic of all—altering fortune.

A slight twist of fate is enough to restore her way forward…with deadly consequences she never bargained for. The Houses make a pawn of her in their bitter struggle for control of the Dominion. A shadowy cult grows ever closer to completing an ancient ritual.

And Rahelu discovers that fulfilling her oath to her family might come at the cost of her mother’s life.

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Petition is available in both paperback and hardcover formats! Signed copies are available from my store. Prices listed are in AUD and signed books will ship from Australia:

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