Firekeeper’s former adversary, Melina Shield, has risen to great prominence in the neighboring land of New Kelvin. Melina’s unexpected power threatens the reputation of King Tedric’s heir apparent, Sapphire, and, through Sapphire, dreams for the new realm of Bright Haven. King Tedric’s price for helping the Beasts is that Firekeeper and Blind Seer escort Elise Archer and her handpicked diplomatic team into New Kelvin, then assist them with their investigations.
The last time Firekeeper and her friends visited New Kelvin, they ended up fleeing as hunted fugitives, but this may be the least difficulty upon their return. Firekeeper is plagued with visions featuring the comet that streaks through the skies. These feed her growing sense that to continue interacting with humans will eventually lead to the transformation of the wild Beasts into nothing more than human tools. Doubt is a new enemy to Firekeeper – one that threatens even her bond with her beloved companion, the wolf, Blind Seer.
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But being trapped in a new land is only the beginning of the shocks to Firekeeper’s world view. Unlike the humans Firekeeper has met to this point, the Liglimom not only know about the elite Beasts who Firekeeper considers her people, they have enshrined them as go-betweens in their communication with the Divine.
Before she departs Liglim, Firekeeper is determined to learn the truth about the relationship between the Wise Beasts and the humans of Liglim. If they are captives –as she, Blind Seer, and Derian are captives – then the wolf-woman vows to do everything in her power to set them free.
Over a year prior, Truth sacrificed her sanity in a valiant effort to keep Firekeeper alive. Now there may be a way for Truth to reunite her fragmented mind with her failing body – but the jaguar needs Firekeeper to open a door, that is not quite a door, if that is to happen.How to release Truth may be only the beginning of Firekeeper and Blind Seer’s problems, for there are hints that an ancient power may be released along with the jaguar – a power that uses living creatures as playing pieces, and who has more than a little interest in Firekeeper herself.
If the alliance is to have any hope of success, Firekeeper and Blind Seer must first find a way to break querinalo: the arcane plague that tortures the body and soul of any who possess even the slightest trace of magical talent. If querinalo is not vanquished, the Nexus Islands will fall – opening the New World to invasion.
This is not the first seemingly impossible challenge the wolf-woman has faced, but this time she may face it without Blind Seer at her side. When querinalo touched the blue-eyed wolf, Blind Seer discovered an aspect of himself that he will not speak of to anyone – not even to Firekeeper. As the rumbles of invasion shake the gates of the Nexus Islands, Firekeeper stands not only in danger of losing home and friends, but also of losing the partner of her heart.
Soon, the only thing the competing factions seem able to agree upon is that Firekeeper is an enemy. Firekeeper may not be able to read or write. She may struggle to speak a coherent sentence. However, if there is one thing the wolf-woman has learned from her life among wolves, it is that a strong pack needs an even stronger leader.Will Firekeeper win the fight for the throne? Whatever happens, the wolf-woman’s part in the contest will forever change it, even for those who do not see through wolf’s eyes.
What most people don’t bother to discover is that when Sarah talks to inanimate objects, they answer.
Tossed out onto the streets from the mental institution where she has lived most of her adult life, Sarah is adopted by Abalone, a hacker whose home is the weird and wild industrial Jungle ruled over by Head Wolf. But Sarah’s idyll with her new Pack can’t last. Someone is searching for her – and not even the Pack can protect her from those who know her secret and plan to use her gift for their own dark ends.
This special edition contains the original novel, along with the essay "Pride of Place," which talks about the origin of Lindskold's first published novel.
Discovered unconscious at the side of the road by the Travelling Spectacular, Rabble willingly becomes a member of this eclectic band of wandering entertainers. But her life and theirs are about to be disrupted by Hulhc, a prosperous farmer who is obsessed with finding the magic that vanished without warning over fifty years before.
Will any of them survive their search for the answer to a question about which the gods themselves are silent?