Winner of the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel Young shepherdess Faia Rissedote, drawn home from the fields by the haunted certainty that something is wrong, discovers her world utterly destroyed, and in the process unleashes depths of magic within herself t even she suspected. Dragged by strangers into a life she detests in a city where she doesn't belong, she reveals lies of history, monsters disguised as allies, and a secret the grand city that claims her has foolishly hidden-a secret that will destroy it and its inhabitants if Faia and her few tenuous allies cant reverse the deadly threat wild magic has set free.
Holly Lisle has been writing novels professionally since 1991, when she sold Fire in the Mist to Baen Books. The novel went on to win the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel in 1993, sold remarkably well, and stayed in print for about ten years, giving Holly a seriously skewed view of the ease of publishing... ...Which publishing promptly clobbered out of her with later books. In spite of which, she has, at the time of this writing, sold 32 novels commercially, and is both re-releasing many of her novels via self-publishing, and self-publishing her newest novels. Look for the re-release of Cadence Drake: Hunting the Corrigan's Blood, to kick off the long-delayed but finally in-progress ten-book Cadence Drake series. Lisle also wrote and has been teaching two of the most challenging fiction-writing courses in existence: How To Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Writers, and How To Revise Your Novel: Get the Book You WANT From the One You WROTE. She maintains and is active on her own website, where she talks with fans about life, writing, cats with hands, and much more. You can find her at www.HollyLisle.com