The Source: Origins (novel)

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The Source: Origins
CountryUnited States
SeriesThe Source
GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, New adult fiction
PublisherSpring Cedars
Publication date
September, 2019
Media typePrint (paperback), ebook
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Followed byThe Source: Galactic Steps 

The Source: Origins is the debut novel of storyteller A.J. Witt, published by Spring Cedars in 2019. The novel is the first book in The Source, a series of new adult fantasy science fiction that takes place in a medieval futuristic world that struggles to maintain a balance of power, and follows an eclectic cast of characters amid parallel plots that eventually intersect.


In a post-apocalyptic dystopian world called the Dominion, there is an extraordinary power known as the Source. But only Adepts from the Academy are able to harness it, pitting them against both the Overseers at the Temple and the Nobles. With the onset of mysterious attacks in the outer villages and the death of a Council member, tensions rise between the factions, and the fragile peace is once again threatened.[1][2]


List of characters from the author's website:[3]

Admiral Admiral on the Lutigas (Overseer)
Aiden Chief agent of the Battalion
Auralus Founder of the Temple and legend in the Book of Provenance (Overseer)
Baratna Descendant of Auralus and legend in the Book of Provenance (Overseer)
Broque Supervisor at the Academy (Overseer)
Captain Captain on the Ocean Star
Cholee God from the Red City
Clasius Spectator in the performance hall (Noble)
Criss Agent of the Battalion
Cyrus Lieutenant of the Temple (Overseer)
Dread Shepherds Renegade warrior (Adepts)
Drube Sailor on the Ocean Star
Edvon Student at the Academy (Adept)
Elias Officer at the Academy (Adept)
Erol First lieutenant of the Temple in Fermantis (Overseer)
Fionne Member of Lecarn’s crew
Gaston Medical doctor in Phaidros
Gavin Member of Lecarn’s crew
Gorgios Master of Arms and senator at the Temple (Overseer)
Gwen Supervisor at the Academy (Overseer)
Hanstun Lord in Phaidros (Noble)
Hermits Guru figures in the Book of Provenance
Joinus Retired personal attendant to Hanstun
Joss Performer in the Dominion (Adept)
Killer of Murcavis Serial killer in the Woods of Murcavis
Kyran Student at the Academy (Adept)
Lecarn Entrepreneur from Phaidros
Lester Lord on the Council of Five (Noble)
Lutigas Forefather of Auralus and legend in the Book of Provenance (Overseer)
Major Source Manipulator Source refiner at the Academy (Adept)
Marrek Preceptor of the Academy (Adept)
Marvis Shill in the performance hall audience
Matthias Member of Gorgios’s squad (Overseer)
Najara Confidante and senator at the Temple (Overseer)
Neeta Officer at the Academy (Adept)
Pluto Performer in the Dominion (Adept)
Quintus Commandant Rex and senator at the Temple (Overseer)
Romon Spectator in the performance hall (Noble)
Ruan Personal attendant to Hanstun
Ruga Commandant Rex and senator at the Temple (Overseer)
Sabine Cadet at the Temple (Overseer)
Stakel Caretaker of the inn in Tuka
Tibon Marshal of Justice and senator at the Temple (Overseer)
Tickle Prisoner in the Temple’s dungeons
Vasant Minister of Overseer Affairs and senator at the Temple (Overseer)
Vivian Member of Gorgios’s squad (Overseer)
Volos Merchant in the Woods of Murcavis  
Wick Member of Lecarn’s crew
Xavier Member of Lecarn’s crew
Zakus Attendant at the Golden Auralus tavern
Zarkat Teacher at the Academy (Adept)
Ziatte Spectator in the performance hall (Noble)
Zoel Member of Lecarn’s crew


Origins received positive reviews. Critics praised the novel for being original, exciting, intelligent, masterful, well written, fast-paced, captivating, and on par with any NYT Best Seller.[2][4][5][6] One critic said it’s a “truly fantastic, exciting and intelligent work of fiction... A. J. Witt has a talent for creating worlds which we step into and perhaps never want to leave. A highly recommended read." —K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite.[7]  Origins received the Readers' Favorite Five Stars Award in 2019.[7] The following year it was presented at the COSine 2020 Fantasy Sci-Fi Convention in Colorado Springs, CO.[8]


  1. "Origins (The Source Series, #1)". Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Noble, Barnes &. "The Source: Origins|Paperback". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  3. "The Source". Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  4. " Customer reviews: The Source: Origins". Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  5. ".Book Review for Origins: The Source by A. J. Witt". Book Confessions Secrets. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  6. "A.J. Witt's sci-fi novel "The Source: Origins" tells a relevant and animated adventure – DU Clarion". Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Book review of The Source: Origins". Readers' Favorite. 2019-09-20. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  8. "The Source: Galactic Steps (Book 2) by A.J. Witt - Reviewed by Karas Jim". Discovery. Retrieved 2021-08-17.

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