Imagine a land blending the geography of California, the technology of medieval Spain, and the theology of pagan Rome.
Sakela was raised in Iktalan to defend justice and charity. Francisco came from Nueva Hispania at the head of an army. Their marriage was both symbol and celebration of the alliance that created the new territory of Tierra Ermosa. But what happens after the happily-ever-after ending?
The reserved soldier does not enter into family life the way Sakela wishes he would. When he swears allegiance to a corrupt viceroy, she suspects he has abandoned the values she cherishes. Then rebellion threatens to tear apart their marriage and their community.
In spite of his love for Sakela, Francisco feels isolated from her. He sees a way through the coming conflict, but only at the cost of his honor and possibly his life.
The blacksmith’s forge burns, yet it tempers brittle steel…
The story of Sakela and Francisco’s first encounter is told in The New Fire.