Do you love The Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter?  Then you just might enjoy The Voyages of the Legend, an award-winning fantasy series for ages 9-14! Meet Ellie, a 12-year-old orphan girl with a mysterious gift, and join her adventures aboard the flying ship Legend.

Where to find the books:

Support an independent bookstore by buying through IndieBound! Even if your preferred independent bookstore doesn’t currently have my books in stock, most will be able to order copies for you.

In addition, these Bay Area shops regularly stock SIGNED copies (though it’s a good idea to call ahead and double check):

Books Inc. (Campbell)

Bookasaurus (Sunnyvale)

The print book and e-book are also available on

Thanks to requests from loyal readers, The Illuminator’s Gift and The Illuminator’s Test are also available as audiobooks! The series features characters with reading challenges such as blindness and dyslexia, so I’m thrilled that the first two books are now available in a alternate format!

About the books:

Book 1: The Illuminator’s Gift, available in paperback, e-book,and audiobook formats. Winner of a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, semifinalist for the BookLife Prize in Fiction, and finalist in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition!

“…magical…this book is a real page turner.” -Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

Ellie is a twelve-year-old orphan who desperately wants a family. She just doesn’t expect to find one when she joins the crew of the Legend, a flying ship in a secret rescue fleet. On board, she meets a boy with a pet tarantula, a bully with eyes like mirrors, and a librarian who can read eighteen languages. Unexpectedly, Ellie also discovers a powerful gift that only she can wield. But when the Legend is called to a dangerous rescue mission, Ellie risks losing everyone she loves. Will her mysterious gift be enough to save her and her friends from a deadly enemy bent on destroying their world?

“I…was captivated by a world of coral archipelagos, airborne islands, and flying ships…Sayre paints an enchanting world with a deft brush and lovely prose.” – Rabia Gale, author of The Sunless World series

Buy Book 1 here! 


Book 2:The Illuminator’s Test, available in paperback, e-book,and audiobook formats

“…exquisite…along the lines of the Harry Potter series and The Lord of the Rings.” -Readers’ Favorite, 5-star reviewBook 2 ebook cover, Amazon, medium

As Ellie and her friends start new lives on the flying island of Rhynlyr, Ellie hopes she’s finally found a home. At the Academy, she learns to wield her gift of Sight and discovers her role in the war against Draaken. But Draaken also wants to control Ellie’s gift. With the help of a blind mentor, an elite bodyguard, and a hostile singer, Ellie must navigate a storm of danger and deception that threatens to cut her off from her friends and corrupt her very self. When disaster strikes, will she find the courage to fight for her friends and the future of the One Kingdom?

I cried and laughed at the same time…Uh, did I forget to mention that I was walking on the treadmill in the gym at the time?” – Lloyd Russell, book reviewer at The Book Sage

Buy Book 2 here! 


Book 3: The Illuminator Rising, available in paperback and e-book formats. Audiobook coming soon!

Book 3 ebook cover, Amazon, medium res

“…a thrilling read…[Sayre] has a flair for being able to capture the interest of a reader and hold onto it.” -Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review


Driven from their home island of Rhynlyr, Ellie and her friends must solve a riddle to find the survivors of the Vestigia Roi. But instead of a safe haven, they discover a hopeless band of refugees paralyzed by fear. Strengthened by new allies and new gifts, the crew of the Legend faces dangers like never before. Can they escape being shot out of the sky, falling over the Edge of the world, or being engulfed by urken armies long enough to rally the Vestigia Roi? And can they rekindle a fire from the ashes of the One Kingdom before Draaken takes over the world? 

“Painted in dazzling and exciting settings that inspire imagination, it is not just the Illuminator coming into her own and rising, but the entire epic saga.” -Angela Wallace, author of the award-winning Elemental Magic series

Buy Book 3 here!


Book 4: The Illuminated Kingdom. Available in paperback and e-book formats. The series finale!

“…[an] astounding, imaginative world…” -Readers’ Favorite

The Vestigia Roi has risen up to retake their home island of Rhynlyr, but all Ellie can think about is rescuing her missing brother, Connor. Guided by a dream of Connor’s whereabouts, Ellie disobeys the Council’s orders and stows away aboard the Legend. But a simple rescue mission quickly goes wrong as Ellie and her friends confront new monsters and old enemies. The crewmembers of the Legend soon find themselves waging a last, desperate battle to save not just Connor or Rhynlyr, but their entire world. As the One Kingdom hangs in the balance, Ellie and the Vestigia Roi must ultimately decide what they are fighting for—and how much they are willing to sacrifice for it.

The Illuminated Kingdom ends the story in a most satisfactory way…This is, simply put, a great adventure story…I could not put it down.” -Lloyd Russell, book reviewer at The Book Sage

Buy Book 4 here! 



To get your book copy signed, stop one of my upcoming events! Looking for an author to visit your school, homeschool group, book club, library, or bookstore? Check out the “Speaking” page. You can always contact me via e-mail or social media (check out the buttons in the sidebar) to get my schedule, chat about books, or just say hi. I’d love to connect with you!

10 thoughts on “Books

  1. My son, Morgan, and I met you in May at HEART Academy. We finished reading The Illuminator’s Gift in June. We both liked it a lot, and we look forward to reading The Illuminator’s Test. The story is very compelling. It isn’t a “girls’ book,” even if Ellie is a girl. Very well done!


  2. These fantasies are awesome! I’ve read all three books (The Illuminator’s Gift,The Illuminator’s Test,and The Illuminator Rising) and can hardly wait to read the fourth book:)


  3. hey Alina, your books are so amazing! I think it’s so inspiring how you self-published the first one too- you knew your book was great! you rock!


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