From acclaimed author Victoria Strauss comes a sweeping new
tale of magic, oppression, danger, love, temptation, and
After long years of oppression, the rightful rulers of
Arsace have finally reclaimed the holy city of Baushpar and
the First Temple of the God. At last, the desecrated
temples can be rebuilt and the people's suffering
redressed. But tensions between the secular and sacred
worlds abound, and rumors arise of renegade Shapers --
powerful mages who hold no allegiance to either the King or
the Brethren, and whose magic knows no restraint.
Unbeknownst to the elders of her people, the gifted Axane
has dared to dream, to see the outside world beyond the
hidden enclave of Refuge -- a world the people of Refuge no
longer believe exists -- that has no tolerance for change
and will soon break down the walls of their secret
sanctuary. But Axane's dreaming is forbidden, and to warn
Refuge is to doom herself.
Chosen to lead an expedition to reclaim the renegade mages,
Gyalo, a young Shaper, must journey across the mystic
Burning Land in a deadly adventure of danger and
temptation, a journey that will force him to face his
innermost demons and possibilities both sacred and profane.
For Refuge hides a shocking truth about the very nature of
the world itself -- a secret that will start a war without