The sun and moon have dulled. A cruel empire rules most of the world. The spirits interfere at whim. Magic has been tamed to create wondrous technology that anyone can use.
Book 1: Tomb of the Moon
When Illera flees her village, she leaves the corpses of twenty of her enemies behind her. The empire is desperate to kill or capture her. Where can she, and who can she trust? She holds many secrets, some of which even she doesn’t know.
Book 2: Bloody Fire
Illera has escaped Giram and the thirty-third, if barely. Her allies lay in ruins, and she still has nowhere to run. Only the Twin Sun Kingdoms are safe, and so she must head there, even though no foreigners can pass the mighty wall.
Banof still lives. He knows what Illera carries, and he will do whatever it takes to get it. Where do his loyalties truly lie?
Book 3: Into the Light
Riol and his companions live in the shadows. They can sneak into anywhere, retrieve any information, kill anyone. They have never suffered a setback before. In her lust for the karyon, the empress twists their minds before sending them south. Riol loses everything he loves. Only the mission remains: bring the karyon back to Daranvirmor and kill Banof.
Book 4: Twisted Minds
Illera already has to worry about fighting a war and protecting the karyon. Now she has to keep two crazy diemthe hidden from her allies. With their help, she finally has an advantage in the war, but they could turn against her at any moment.
Books 1 – 4
Book 5: Caged Earth
Illera and her friends have surpassed many obstacles and come out stronger for it. But most of the south still suffers from imperial subjugation. On their own, Illera and her friends cannot win. With help from some Banof’s allies, they can, but the south will never ally with diemthe, even traitorous ones.
Book 6: Whisper in the Wood
The south is free from imperial control. Until now, the diemthe have not truly begun to fight. The full force of the rabets shifts into gear, and Illera remains their primary target.
Book 7: Iron Will
The emperor is here and less useful than anticipated. Banof and Azeha are free, and the south cannot afford another assault. The south cannot defeat the north in open war, so Nikilaus conceives of a raid into Daranvirmor itself, to defeat the diemthe empress and her allies. Illera needs to find a new weapon, and fast.
Books 5 – 7
Book 8: Water for Children
Tashrin has lost much: her mother, her home, and her eyesight. She will pull together the diemthe and the remains of the empire, no matter what it takes. And Illera will steal back the karyon from Tashrin even if it means killing her.
Book 9: Gray Haunts
There is a child whom no one can find. This child holds the final key that will release the Sun spirit and burn the world.
Tashrin can no longer be a child. She will do whatever she must to find this special child. And when she does, she is willing to kill that child. Her mother haunts her, and she will not fail.
Book 10: Freed Sun
Tashrin will free the Sun, which will burn everything. Illera, Banof, and their friends race to stop Tashrin. Can anything stop her?
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