A world she never knew existed, would change her life forever.
Cayda doesn’t realize her life is one of confinement and oppression. Newly married and moved to the capital of Terra Krys, she finds her husband’s family-compound frighteningly boundless. She struggles in her new role as wife, and is overwhelmed by the factional women’s quarters of the family-compound, where a powerful mother-in-law and a higher ranking wife make Cayda’s adjustment difficult. But Cayda’s world-view is blown apart when her husband drags her on a sea voyage and she becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Rescued by the very barbarians with whom her husband sought trade, Cayda is thrown into a land where she scarcely recognizes the cultural norms and gender-roles. As she fights to make a new life in this incomprehensible country, every belief she has ever held about who she is, or who she might become, is called into question.
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After the death of his wife and child, master weaver, Callan Vellus, falls into an emotional darkness so profound that his life shrinks to the size of a brandy bottle; even his passion for his art cannot pull him back into the world. But when he has a distressing vision of falcon-faced warriors destroying a city and its citizens with blue flame leaping from their bare hands, he is roused from his stupor. Following an inexplicable compulsion, he travels north until he reaches the fire-wracked city of his dream where he finds the destruction is worse than he had imagined. The locals claim that the death and ruin was caused by a freak lightning storm, nothing more, but despite their explanation, Callan cannot shake the feeling his vision was something other than an alcohol-induced hallucination.
Pashi is an orphan living in the ravaged city, a girl who has had to learn to be on her own from a young age. With the help of the secret tricks her mother taught her before she disappeared, Pashi not only lives safely in the streets, but survives a direct attack from the falconmages. Yet she finds herself even more isolated from her classmates and community after the attack, as they have no memory of bizarre warriors blasting the city with unnatural fire.
But when Callan and Pashi meet, they soon realize they are the only people who know the truth of the bird-faced sorcerers, and what they plan to unleash on the realm. Scrambling to find clues about the invaders and how to stop them, the two uncover more than they’d bargained for, and the malevolent eyes of the falconmen turn on them.
Can two unlikely heroes—a weaver and a child—find a way to escape the falconmage’s wrath long enough to pull all the pieces together and stop the invasion? Or will the sorcerers’ blue flames reduce their world to ashes? Sample Chapter.
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Sacha crouches in the laurel hedge, her breath coming in broken sobs, her fear making her grip the stiff branches until her knuckles blanch. She’s defied what she’d thought was a ridiculous edict against entering Bleaken Forest—now she is being pursued by twisted creatures with a powerful, savage magic no one in the realm understands. If the beasts catch her, they will change her into something unrecognizable, perhaps something as twisted and savage as themselves. Sample chapter
Sacha struggles with what she knows she must do to save the land and people she loves. Hating and needing her enemy in equal measure, she agrees to partner with the very thing that has destroyed peace in the realm for two hundred years. With Eldrin’s help, she must complete an impossible quest, one that will ultimately save more than her own people. Sample chapter