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New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Chronicles of Ixia series to its exhilarating conclusion. Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond-and a family-that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia. Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall-and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal. With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician...and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.
Bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue. Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore.
Once, only her own life hung in the balance... When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands-and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek's job-and his life-are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive. A CHRONICLES OF IXIA NOVEL 'A compelling new fantasy series' - Rhianna Pratchett, SFX on Poison Study
THE FINAL BATTLE BEGINS... Powerful healer Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought a plague and survived. She took on corrupt King Tohon and defeated him. But now her true love, Kerrick, is missing and Avry fears he's gone forever. Yet she faces a more immediate - and deadly - threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With the territories' armies in disarray and the dead not staying dead, Avry's powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, she must choose her path carefully. For the future of Avry's world depends on her decision...
Let fantasy star Maria V. Snyder steal you away to a darkly enchanting world of powerful magic and dangerous deeds in these six incredible stories from The Chronicles of Ixia series, following young magicians Yelena Zaltana and Opal Cowan on a dark and deadly journey.'A compelling new fantasy series.' -Rhianna Pratchett, SFX
Powerful healer Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought a plague and survived. She took on corrupt King Tohon and defeated him. But now her true love, Kerrick, is missing and Avry fears he's gone forever. Yet she faces a more immediate - and deadly - threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With the territories' armies in disarray and the dead not staying dead, Avry's powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, she must choose her path carefully. For the future of Avry's world depends on her decision...
A new legacy is rising... After siphoning her own blood magic, Opal Cowan has lost her powers and been separated from Kade and Ulrick, the two men who divide her heart. Now an outsider looking in, Opal spies through the glass on those with the powers she once had. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that some of her blood has been stolen - and that finding it may let her regain her powers for good. Or learn if they're lost forever.
July 2009 Book of the Month. First of a new trilogy following Opal’s adventures as she weaves magic into glass. With her unique blend of skills – magician and glass blower – she is the only one who can help the Stormdancers when their way of life is threatened. A novel of love, struggle, storms and magic and thoroughly enjoyable. Comparison: Ursula Le Guin (Earthsea), Janny Wurts (Storm Warden), Anne McCaffrey. The Glass series:1. Storm Glass2. Sea Glass
Beautiful, sweeping fantasy, the second book in the second series to feature Opal Cowan whose magic allows her to create glass that can carry thoughts, trap storms, even steal another’s powers. Following ‘Storm Glass’ Opal’s journey of learning continues as she must prevent her enemies gaining control of her powers and choose between the two men, so different in their ways, whom she could love. Exciting and compelling, I can’t wait for the third. Comparison: Jude Fisher, Janny Wurts, Maggie Furey. The Glass series: 1. Storm Glass 2. Sea Glass
September 2007 Debut of the Month. An intriguing fantasy novel, fast paced and action packed, you feel the heroine, Yelena, barely has time to catch her breath before she is running for her life again. Constantly watching her back for unknown assassins and facing danger each day, by being food taster to the Commander of Ixia, this young girl is determined, headstrong and thoroughly likeable. This is the first in a series that leaves plenty of scope for Yelena’s world to expand in the forthcoming books. Click the screen below to view a trailer for this book. You can also visit the MySpace page for Yelena Zaltana by clicking here.
Confronting The Past - Controlling The Future. With an execution order on her head, Yelena has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. With only a year to master her magic - or face death - Yelena must begin her apprenticeship and travels to the Four Towers of the Magician's Keep. But nothing in Sitia is familiar. Not the family to whom she is a stranger. Not the unsettling new facets of her magic. Not the brother who resents her return. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her rare powers, a rogue magician emerges - and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in battle against good and evil. And once again it will be her magical abilities that will either save her life...or be her downfall.
THE APPRENTICESHIP IS OVER NOW THE REAL TEST HAS BEGUN When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before. Honour sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies and enemies. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself - and save the land she holds dear. `...a compelling new fantasy series. Snyder has a lovely, light touch, but manages to make Yelena's journey and her back story so engrossing' Rhiana Pratchett, SFX
The army of the dead are coming... Avry of Kazan, the last Healer of the mystical Fifteen Realms, has a power that can't be matched. But in the minds of her friends and foe alike, Avry no longer exists. Now, as the psychotic King Tohon builds an army mightier than any that has been seen before-a league of undead soldiers-Avry must face her toughest, most terrifying battle alone. Fighting to be reunited with her family and her lover Kerrick, Avry must infiltrate Tohon's troops. But does she have the power, the rare magic; to do what legend says is impossible? FOR FANS OF TRUDI CANAVAN AND GAME OF THRONES
THEY DESTROYED HER WORLD. BUT SHE'S THEIR ONLY HOPE... Avry's power to heal the sick should earn her respect in the plague-torn land of Kazan. Instead she is feared. Her kind are blamed for the horrifying disease that has taken hold of the nation. When Avry uses her forbidden magic to save a dying child, she faces the guillotine. Until a dark, mysterious man rescues her from her prison cell. His people need Avry's magic to save their dying prince. The very prince who first unleashed the plague on Kazan. Saving the prince is certain to kill Avry - yet she already faces a violent death. Now she must choose - use her healing touch to show the ultimate mercy or die a martyr to a lost cause?
Let fantasy star Maria V. Snyder steal you away to a darkly enchanting world of powerful magic and dangerous deeds.... Poison Study About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll test the Commander of Ixia's meals to prevent assassination attempts. But as Yelena develops magical powers, choices must be made. And this time the consequences aren't so clear...Book One in the Study Trilogy Storm Glass With her unique magical abilities, Opal has always felt unsure of her place at Sitia's magic academy. But when the Stormdancer clan needs help, Opal's knowledge makes her the perfect choice - until Opal taps into a deadly new power, which could save them all...or destroy her.Book One in The Glass Trilogy 'Reminiscent of early Anne McCaffrey' -Rhianna Pratchett, SFX
Storm Glass Untrained. Untested. Unleashed.With her unique magical abilities, Opal has always felt unsure of her place at Sitia's magic academy. But when the Stormdancer clan needs help, Opal's knowledge makes her the perfect choice - until the mission goes awry. Pulling her powers in unfamiliar directions, Opal finds herself tapping into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.Now Opal must deal with plotters out to destroy the Stormdancer clan, as well as a traitor in their midst. With danger and deception rising around her, will Opal's untested abilities destroy her - or save them all? Sea Glass Her power remained hidden - until challenged by enemy forces. Student glass magician Opal Cowan's newfound ability to steal a magician's powers makes her too powerful.Ordered to house arrest, Opal dares defy her imprisonment, searching for Ulrick, the man she thinks she loves. Thinks because she is sure another man-now her prisoner-has switched souls with Ulrick. In hostile territory, without proof or allies, Opal isn't sure whom to trust. And now everyone is after Opal's special powers for their own deadly gain... Spy Glass An undercover mission leads to danger, adventure and an impossible choice...After siphoning her own blood magic, Opal Cowan has lost her powers and is now immune to the effects of magic. Now an outsider looking in, Opal spies through the glass on those with the powers she once had. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power.Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that some of her blood has been stolen - and that finding it may help her regain her powers for good...
Let fantasy star Maria V. Snyder steal you away to a darkly enchanting world of powerful magic and dangerous deeds in these three incredible stories from The Chronicles of Ixia series, following young magician Yelena Zaltana as her deadly journey begins.'A compelling new fantasy series.' -Rhianna Pratchett, SFX