Ethen’s ability to Find lost objects has helped him survive in this world; now, it’s
going to make him rich. The Merchant Juddah Luash has offered him a fortune,
but not for an object he wants Found. Juddah wants Ethen to Find a person, the
escaped slave, Zihariel.
To find her brother, sold after the Purge of Calaira, Zihariel has fled her luxurious
life as a musician performing for the wealthiest households in the desert. She
soon discovers the world is much bigger than she ever suspected, teeming with
those who see her only as a pooni, an object to be bought and sold, used until
she is used up. Not even her music belongs to her, but to the Dommi-sa who
etches his mark onto her skin.
From the deserts of Therk to the island of Moscrea and across the Bloodbane
Sea, Ethen and Zihariel lie and thieve their way to the great city of Bosbana.
There, Ethen’s promised fortune and Zihariel’s greatest performance await—
unless they sacrifice all to flee together into the Dragonbacks and become
fugitives for the rest of their lives.
|Map of Therk Copyright (c) Ginger Prewitt
Cover art (c) Jesse Smolover
Author: Terri-Lynne DeFino
Book details: forthcoming
Dimensions: 9" x 6"
Publisher: Hadley Rille Books
"DeFino’s first novel creates an exotic desert environment as a backdrop to the
story of a young man’s coming-of-age and a young woman’s search for the only
family she has left. VERDICT Compelling characters and a fascinating world
background make this a good addition to most fantasy collections."
- Library Journal
Each key has a story. Each key unlocks a secret. They are yours, my dashi. My
Zihariel. Your birthright. Your heritage. I pass them on to you as they were
passed on to me, as they have been passed through the generations. Keep them
safe. Keep them close. Remember my words, dashi. As long as you have them,
you are no one’s slave.
Survival along Therk’s seedy coast is precarious. Hounds rule the streets with
fear and fists. Former highwaymen now call themselves Merchants. Spices, rare
since the desert swallowed the Spice Way, are forbidden to all but the wealthy
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