It is a time of storm and chaos. Prophecy foretells that One may yet be born with the magic to deliver the Atlantan race -- but the ancient Gift will be his curse as well as his destiny.
Amid a cataclysm of lost islands, drowned cities, the Empire of Vayal has condemned to death all sons of the lineage of Diomedas. But the doom of Vayal has been predicted, and it rides upon the shoulders of the One.
He lives already, hidden in the inundated ruins. Faunos Phinneas Aeson is young, his Gift untested. He dreads the witchfinders of Vayal, who are charged to hunt down his kind. For twenty years he's remained hidden, till the storm gods drown his home and fate brings Vayal's foremost witchfinder to the water gypsies' camp.
Faunos's guardian lies dying while the City of the Sun feasts to honor the coming of age of Soran, prince of Vayal. Althlete, hunter, beautiful as night, Soran is a god-king’s heir and greatest witchfinder. But soon, Soran must forget his heritage, rank and beliefs --
The Atlantan people have one slender chance to survive, and their struggle begins this night.
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Novel length: 98000 words
Rated: adult (18+; sex, violence, language)
Publication date: May 2009
Price: $6.99 - ebook
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