West of the Grand Duchy of Anuskaya lies the Empire of
Yrstanla, the Motherland. The Empire has lived at peace with
Anuskaya for generations, but with political turmoil brewing and
the wasting disease still rampant, opportunists from the mainland
have begun to set their sights on the Grand Duchy, seeking to
expand their empire.
Five years have passed since Prince Nikandr, heir to the scepter
of Khalakovo, was tasked with finding Nasim, the child prodigy
behind a deadly summoning that led to a grand clash between the
armies of man and elder elemental spirits. Today, that boy has
grown into a young man driven to understand his past and the
darkness from which Nikandr awakened him. Nikandr's lover, Atiana,
has become a Matra, casting her spirit forth to explore, influence,
and protect the Grand Duchy. But when the Al-Aqim, long thought
lost to the past, return to the islands and threaten to bring about
indaraqiram a change that means certain destruction for both the
Landed and the Landless bitter enemies must become allies and
stand against their horrific plans.
From Bradley P. Beaulieu, author of the critically acclaimed debut
novel The Winds of Khalakovo, comes Book Two of The Lays of
Anuskaya, The Straits of Galahesh.