Songs of the Earth
This isn’t a book that you can easily put down once you begin — SF Book Reviews
The Book of Eador, Abjurations 12:14, is very clear: Suffer ye not the life of a witch. For a thousand years, the Church Knights have obeyed that commandment, sending to the stake anyone who hears the songs of the earth. There are no exceptions, not even for one of their own.
Novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power. In the Holy City, that can mean only one thing: death by fire – until an unlikely intervention gives him a chance to flee the city and escape the flames.
With the Church Knights and their witchfinder hot on his heels, Gair hasn’t time to learn how to use the power growing inside him, but if he doesn’t master it, that power will tear him apart. His only hope is the secretive Guardians of the Veil, though centuries of persecution have almost destroyed their Order, and the few Guardians left have troubles of their own.
The Veil between worlds is weakening, and behind it, the Hidden Kingdom, ever-hungry for dominion over the daylight realm, is stirring. Though he is far from ready, Gair will find himself fighting for his own life, for everyone within the Order of the Veil, and for the woman he has come to love.
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…a book that had me connect with its characters so strongly that I would actually get mad at them and talk to my book — A Fantastical Librarian
The future holds nothing but blood and death . . . and Teia fears there is nothing she can do about it. Her clan is riding to war, but her secret, untrained gift of foretelling has shown her her entire people are riding to their doom. If she cannot turn them from their course, her only hope of saving them will be to betray them to their sworn enemies.
Gair is mourning his past . . . but there is no time to dwell on his grief or hunger for revenge. Pursuing an artefact from the Founding Wars, he travels deep into the hostile southern deserts. As religious tensions erupt into bloody violence around him, he must make an impossible choice: save innocent lives now or sacrifice them in the hope that thousands more can be saved later.
And all the while, his grip on his powers is failing.
The Raven’s Shadow
If you are not already familiar with her work, then I implore you to read one of her books, you will not be disappointed — Fantasy Book Review
The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that a thousand years ago, forged an Empire.
This time, it may shatter one.
Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the horrifying events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life, but when everything that he had to live for is being stripped away from him, that may be a fair price to pay.
Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. If they succeed, the rest of the Empire may be their next target. And with the Wild Hunt at their head, the over-stretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them.
The Dragon House
Two of the three great Suvaeon keeps that held the north have fallen. In the south, a radical prophet fans the flames of bloody insurrection. Too long at peace, the Empire faces a war on two fronts that it is ill-equipped to fight.
The events surrounding the fall of Saardost Keep have stretched Gair to breaking point. His body is failing, and his gift has turned treacherous. Running out of time to save Tanith, he takes to the wildwood to shorten his journey to Astolar, but in Bregorin he will come face to face with his darkest fears.
As Ytha and her war band ride unopposed into the heart of the Empire, Teia struggles to catch them. If she can capture the starseed, she believes she can prevent the foretold destruction of her people by the Wild Hunt. Except she might already be far too late.
With the Guardians of the Veil scattered and under-strength, and the Empire’s military resources stretched by war, nothing stands between the arch-manipulator Savin and his desires. Only two people, each with valid reasons to fear their own power. Unless both Gair and Teia can embrace the most deadly aspects of their gifts, their world will burn.