By Jacqueline Carey

As soon as there have been nice magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the people of the Brown undergo, the oldest tribe in Alba. yet generations in the past, the best of all of them broke a sacred oath sworn within the identify of all his humans. Now, merely small presents stay to them. via her lineage, Moirin possesses such presents - the power to summon the twilight and hide herself, and the ability to coax vegetation to develop.

Moirin has a mystery, too. From youth onward, she senses the presence of unusual gods in her existence; the brilliant girl, and the guy with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised within the desolate tract by way of her reclusive mom, it's not till she comes of age that Moirin learns how illustrious, if combined, her historical past is. the nice granddaughter of Alais the clever, baby of the Maghuin Donn, and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father used to be a D'Angeline priest devoted to serving Naamah, goddess of wish.

After Moirin undergoes the rites of maturity, she unearths divine acceptance...on the that she satisfy an unknown future that lies someplace past the sea. or even oceans. past Terre d'Ange the place she unearths her father, within the a ways reaches of far away Ch'in, Moirin's talents are a real reward whilst dealing with the vengeful plans of an formidable mage, a noble warrior princess wanting to shop her father's throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.

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