When a tiger spirit from a rival kingdom kidnaps the queen's only daughter, Ashne, now a trusted bodyguard, follows in pursuit despite knowing that her sword will be of little use against the ancient magic steadily reawakening across the land. But it is her human adversaries who prove more dangerous as she navigates the shifting political landscape in a kingdom still recovering from a decades-long war: a foreign sorcerer, an eccentric apothecary, an ambitious bandit chief — perhaps even Zsaran, who has long awaited a chance to achieve freedom for both herself and Ashne.
Soon Ashne can no longer reconcile her love for her sister and her devotion to the women they have both served since childhood. Yet she must bring back the princess regardless. If not for love and duty, for her people's continued survival against the encroachment of powerful foreign conquerors, before whose ravenous ambitions the squabbles of two tribal kingdoms amount to dust.
The Ghost Tiger's Lament is the first book of a historical fantasy series set in a world based loosely on the cultures of late Bronze Age China, during the time of Confucius and Sun Tzu.
Neris, a resistance leader from the south, ventures into the frozen wastelands to recruit an old friend to her cause. But when neither idealism nor sentiment prove enough to persuade the remorseless killer-for-hire he has since become, she must resort to more drastic methods — methods that inadvertently entangle her in the affairs of a land not her own.
Meanwhile, fire-wielding mercenary Firiane searches for a missing comrade, thought to be in possession of an artifact long theorized to be the key to stopping the prophecy. But she is not the only one on the hunt, and even her own allies seem to stand in her way…
What none of them realize: the world has already changed. Fundamentally. Irrevocably.
Winter will soon be the least of their concerns.