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Nick Mamatas is an American author and editor, born on Long Island, New York on February 20, 1972. His novels include Move Under Ground (2004), a "Lovecraftian Beat road novel" that was nominated for the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards; the Civil War ghost story Northern Gothic (2001); and the "suburban nightmare novel" Under My Roof (2007). He is also the author of many published horror, fantasy, and science fiction short stories, some of which are collected in 3000 Miles Per Hour In Every Direction At Once (2003) and You Might Sleep... (2009). From 2006 to 2008 Mamatas co-edited the fiction magazine Clarkesworld, sharing Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominations in 2008 with publisher Neil Clarke and co-editor Sean Wallace. Since late 2008 Mamatas has worked for Viz Media as an editor of SF, fantasy, and horror translated from the Japanese. He has also edited and co-edited several anthologies, most notably Spicy Slitpstream Stories (2008, with Jay Lake), and Haunted Legends (2010, with Ellen Datlow).
They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.
In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.