Hey, Fourth Element fans! If you want to find out what happened to Tijah and Achaemenes, Cyrus and Cassandane, Balthazar and others, check out the latest installment of my gaslamp fantasy series, The Thirteenth Gate.
I'm also beginning a whole new five-book series that picks up after Queen of Chaos, called The Fourth Talisman. It's set in the world where Darius and Nazafareen end up (trying hard to be spoiler-free here), so I'll only say that it's a) tidally locked to its star, meaning one side is always light and one side dark - like our moon - and b) the mortals are ancient Greeks and Persians (because in many ways, its a mirror world of our own and I loved writing the historical aspect of the first series). You can check out my spanking new map here.
And without further ado, your synopsis....
Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.
Solis, a wasteland of endless day.
For a thousand years, the world has been rigidly divided between light and dark, humans and daevas, science and magic—until the arrival of a young woman named Nazafareen. She has no memories of her past and few ambitions for the future. Still recovering from a power that nearly destroyed her, Nazafareen just wants to live out her days in peace under the triple moons of Nocturne.
But when an assassin forces her to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself in even greater danger. The Oracle is burning heretics alive. The philosophers are at each other’s throats. And something ancient is stirring in the arid death zone called the Kiln.
If all that isn’t bad enough, Nazafareen’s murky past has come back to haunt her with a vengeance. Everyone seems to want her dead, her lover Darius has vanished, and a hidden enemy is lurking at the center of a web whose strands reach across the entire continent. War is brewing. Part-human, part-daeva, Nazafareen faces just one question: Which side will she choose?
It's not yet up for preorder (I'm thinking a Fall 2017 release), but you can mark it to read on Goodreads. You can also check out my Pinterest page, where I have boards for all my books, including some of the things and places inspiring Nocturne.
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