Small acts of mercy can have epic consequences...
Draius is no trained spy. Despite that, her king and cousin Perinon sends her on a mission into Groyga to secretly retrieve a stolen Kaskea shard. Although successful, she attracts the attention of the power-hungry Lord Endigala, who plans an invasion of Tyrra. Trapped in enemy territory and on the run, she faces imprisonment and torture. Keeping by her code of honor and merciful nature, she makes both enemies and allies as she flees north to Kitarra, hoping for asylum.
In Tyrra, King Perinon battles death magic within his own court. When a 500-year-old necromantic spell usurps the shared soul of the Phrenii, the elementals disappear. All written records and adult recollection of them are wiped out. Tyrran children strive to keep their memories of the creatures alive, while souls of the recently departed walk the streets--without the Phrenii, they can never attain the stars.
Tyrra needs Draius and her fellow Kaskea bearers. They may hold the key to remaking the Phrenii, but they're scattered across the mapped world, fighting their own battles against necromancy.
"A lavish blend of urban crime and high fantasy." --Kirkus Reviews on Book One of The Broken Kaskea Series, A Charm for Draius.
"A child's life hangs in balance..."
In the age of science and gunpowder, what place could magic hold? When a high-profile murder is dumped in her lap, Draius isn't worried about magic. City Guard politics are brutal and the captain makes it clear her job is on the line; there are plenty of rivals waiting for her to fail, including her estranged husband.
More killings follow. Draius endures threats and attacks as she uncovers a treasonous conspiracy, one that hopes to revive necromantic magic. But when they graduate to murder by magic and her own son is threatened, she has to get magical help. She must step into the minds of the Phrenii, the five elementals who protect Tyrra's children and departed souls, risking her sanity to fight magic with magic.
Even the Phrenii cannot foresee the coming catastrophe.