But whilst Jakira is being branded, she discovers she can tame fire.
Determined to gain her freedom and find her mother before Jakira comes of age, she uses her magic to ask the bloodthirsty God for a miracle.
When this fails, a desperate Jakira goes in search of a mysterious creature, the last of its kind, who lives deep in the vast desert. Known as the Sand Scuttler, it can bestow great power on the one it deems worthy.
For centuries it hasn't met that one, until now.
Set in the same ruthless world as the grimdark, epic fantasy novel Melokai (In the Heart of the Mountains #1) and twenty years before, The Sand Scuttler tells of the early life of Ammad’s mother Jakira.
This adult fantasy novella can be read as a standalone story, no prior knowledge of Melokai is required.
Legendary warrior Ramya has successfully ruled as Melokai for longer than most. Prosperous, peaceful, and happy, her people love her. Or so she thinks.
Ramya’s time is up. Bracing herself for the gruesome sentence imposed on all Melokais who have served their purpose, she hears instead a shocking prophecy.
Is the abrupt appearance of a mysterious, eastern cave creature the prophesied danger? Or is it something darker, more evil? And what of the wolves? Will the ferocious war with their kind oust her from power?
Suddenly Ramya must fight threats from all sides to save her mountain realm. But while her back is turned, a conspiracy within her inner circle is festering. Ramya and her female warriors must crush an epic rebellion before it can destroy her and devastate her beloved nation.
She thinks it’s the end, but it’s just the beginning...
If you love elaborate fantasy worlds and deep worldbuilding, perilously high stakes, magic, brutal battles, intrigue, and unique creatures and beings, then Melokai, Book One of the grimdark, epic fantasy trilogy In the Heart of the Mountains by Rosalyn Kelly, is for you.
Dark and gritty adult fantasy. For fans of George R. R. Martin, Mark Lawrence, Anna Stephens and Joe Abercrombie.
Tamza is determined to make her father proud. Before she can reach the stage, the crowd’s cheers turn to screams as Vaasar is brutally invaded by a bloodthirsty force hellbent on destroying everyone and everything in its path.
Only Tamza has the magic powerful enough to save her people and her beloved bears – but first she must find the courage to use it.
Set 2,000 years before the epic fantasy novel Melokai, Book One of the In the Heart of the Mountains trilogy, prequel novella The Fall of Vaasar tells of the event that sparked a bitter, bloody feud between two countries – a deep wound which, thousands of years later, is still festering.
Who are the peons? And why do they fear peonhood? Find out now in this fantasy short story.
Peonhood centres on the same world, people and events of the epic fantasy novel Melokai, Book One of the In the Heart of the Mountains trilogy.
What happens to Wevo and does the rebellion succeed? And just who is this Melokai, the warrior ruler the peons so despise? All is revealed – and more – in Melokai, out now.