Julie Dean Smith
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|A Caithan Crusade|
|Magic has been forbidden in Caithe for 200 years and those born with magic—the Lorngeld—are considered the devil’s children. Impertinent and rebellious, Princess Athaya prefers to spend her time gambling and drinking rather than courting would-be suitors. Discovering that she is a natural-born wizard is an unwelcome surprise. But there are those who believe it is a gift, and that an adept of Athaya’s inherent ability may be an opportunity to finally lead the Lorngeld out of persecution. Torn between loyalty to her kingdom, her duty to the Lorngeld, and her own impulsive heart, Athaya must harness her burgeoning magic before it drives her mad, and learn to wield its power before those who fear it—and those who envy it—can destroy her.|
|Princess Athaya of Caithe paid a steep price for her gift: the lives of family, friends, and lovers, excommunication from the Church, and a death warrant in her kingdom. She barely escaped Caithe with her life, and yet she is already plotting her return.Despite months of grueling instruction, Athaya is only just beginning to understand the full extent of her talents. Her battle-magic is unpredictable and her spell path-maps incomplete. But Athaya is running out of time. While she’s been safely training, the Lorngeld continue to suffer under the cruel reign of her brother Durek.Athaya swore she’d abolish the Church’s murderous rite of absolution and legalize the teaching of magic to the Lorngeld. Doing so will be far from simple. Though Athaya is aided by a powerful group of wizards, King Durek will not rest until she is defeated…|
|Charged with murder, heresy, and treason, Athaya spent months imprisoned at a remote cloister, her magic painfully sealed inside her mind. After Athaya’s escape, King Durek is desperate to stop her crusade before it gathers any more footing in Caithe. With a ruthless new ally at his side, Durek forms a Tribunal to seek out and destroy all Lorngeld and supporters. As Athaya’s followers multiply, supplies dwindle, leaving her camp vulnerable to Caithe’s brutal winter. Her people face starvation and death, until aid comes from an unexpected source—a group of military wizards on the Isle of Sare. Their intervention could save Athaya’s rebellion… but at what cost?
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|Over the past year, princess Athaya Trelane emerged as the champion of the Lorngeld, beseeching them to defy the laws forbidding their magic and to embrace their gifts. Though her followers still face the terror of King Durek’s ruthless Tribunal, a far greater threat closes in on all of Caithe. Brandegarth, the Sage of Sare, is leading an army of skilled wizards against the king, Athaya, and anyone else who opposes him. If he succeeds in his rebellion, all the wealth and power of Caithe will belong to him, and non-magical citizens will be crushed under his reign. Athaya’s quest to end centuries of Lorngeld persecution seems closer than ever, but Brandegarth’s strength is growing, threatening to obliterate all that she’s gained.|