Alissa returns home from university, still haunted by the death of her sister and a restlessness that keeps drawing her back into the great sand sea of Irithen, the dangerous heart of a remote province on a distant planet.
Her attempt to save the life of the young and charismatic Talin throws her into a whirlwind of hidden agendas and a ruthless military attack. She has trained in the intense shamanic skills that might help her survive in this vast expanse of sand, heat, enormous lizards and poisonous scorpions.
Learning to fly a giant condor before it kills her might help as well.
Duneflyer is the first book in the Stormweaver series, the far-future fantasy epic by Jay Aspen.
Jay writes from experiences in wilderness travel and extreme sports; snow peaks in the Andes, big walls in Yosemite and Baffin Island, sailing the Irish sea to photograph puffins and dolphins. A science degree and training with Himalayan shamans led to an interest in bio-psychology. She lives in the wild Welsh Borders, sings jazz, rides horses.