Susan Lane is lost. With no memories of her past, she spends her night in an alleyway, curled up next to a trash can, trying in vain to remember dreams that she never can. At the same time, Dakchin, the Master of Shadows in another world called Telda dreams pleasantly, his plans of world domination about finished. Then a prophecy! His empire is doomed, and Susan Lane is responsible, or at least will be sometime in the future. Determined to prevent this from occurring, he journeys to our world to find her, accompanied by a lady who can control ice and followed by Cetbal, his enemy and king of one of the last villages in Telda that is still free from the Master of Shadow's control. The three work against each other to find Susan and prevent or fulfill this prophecy. For Cetbal the choice is clear: Susan Lane will end Dakchin's rule . . . even if he has to force her to. For Dakchin, a good heart still beats somewhere within him, and when he discovers that his prey is just a confused woman with no idea on her true powers or even history, he, instead of attacking her, asks her out on a date. Susan agrees, even though her best friend and lover, Jason, is still in the picture: she can't help it: Dakchin represents something to Susan that Jason could never-a clue on what her past was. On this date, though, Dakchin tells her what she is supposed to do, and, after receiving her promise that she would do nothing, they part . . . and Cetbal kidnaps her, knowing Dakchin might be able to convince her of his side of this war, even though it is an unjust one. Cetbal could talk to Susan as well, and try to get her to see his point of view, but it's just easier to show her. Without exactly her permission, he drags both Susan and Jason to Telda to show what exactly is wrong with the Master of Shadow's control. Susan Lane is at heart a good person, so once she sees a horrible village called New Banyl and the obvious torture of "Disobeyer's Leave" prominent in this village, she switches sides to the good Firebranch. Turning her back on Dakchin, she continues her relationship with Jason, until she is transported to Dakchin's side. Using a disguise, she sees that this man, as dangerous as he is, is also lost himself, thinking he knows what is best for his world and will do anything to keep order and prevent chaos through what he calls his Primordials who aren't as nice as he is. Susan finally sees there is good in him, but what's to be done? Who should she choose? Should she continue her destiny on killing a good but confused man? Will she ever remember her true life? Is Dakchin the true villain here? And who is the mysterious Simesta that is mentioned as goddess in Firebranch and former enemy to Dakchin? One by one these questions will be answered, and this journey will bring Susan on an amazing journey, and she might even end up face to face with her own self.
- Paperback | 406 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 23.37mm | 684.92g
- 25 Jan 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Marianna Palmer
Marianna and Esther Palmer are sisters who are as close as twins but who are NOT twins (one of life's little jokes). Writing together was natural as they do everything together. Career choices were varied. The sisters tried their hands at being secretaries, fast food cooks, cafe owners, event coordinators, factory workers, but they wanted to be doctors, actors, pilots, marine biologists, teachers, translators, and the president (for at least a day) before settling on being writers. Stories have been a part of the sisters since they were young, and Barbie had mythological battles with Blue Horse and Pink Horse! They live in Washington with their two cats who work as hard as possible to make sure Marianna and Esther don't get any writing done as the cats are way more important.