Star-crossed lovers, an ancient curse, a tumble into immortality...
From the author of "The Bone Church," comes a stunning new series about a girl, a boy, and the price of eternal love.
"Each of us has a before and an after. Before, I was just a girl. A lucky girl, you could say. One born to a good family. I lived in comfort and even some style. Was certain of my place in the world. Sure, it was thousands of years ago, but rich girls haven't changed that much over time. Neither has love. Or lovers for that matter. The sting of pleasure that burns through your every cell from that first kiss. The venom that is love. Deadly beautiful. You'd die a thousand times to feel it again. I have. That's what brings me to my after."
In the ancient past, in the now lost Kingdom of Rah'a, a young woman named Sherin finds herself in mortal peril after her family succumbs to a deadly contagion to which she is immune. Alone and afraid, she flees into the desert in search of a safe haven.
But the plague continues to ravage her region, forcing survivors to band together. Some form haphazard tribes, others violent gangs. Through her wits and courage, Sherin captures the attention of two very different men: Nif, a desert warrior who leads a nomadic tribe, and Roon, a powerful soldier for the crumbling sultanry.
As cannibalism, torture, thievery and war blight the region, alliances shift and terror reigns. Despite all of this, Sherin finds herself falling deeply in love with one of her suitors, sensing a mystical energy between herself and the man to whom she is so passionately devoting herself.
The forces of destruction enveloping them, an extraordinary destiny begins to unfold before the lovers. It will propel them through history, from the earliest of civilizations to the present day, where they must struggle to save humanity from the same fate that befell their ancient civilization, or risk losing one another forever.
Readers have called Victoria Dougherty's new "Breath" series "haunting" "beautiful" and "breathtaking storytelling." Fans of S.A. Chakraborty, Audrey Niffenegger, Maggie Stiefvater, and Madeline Miller will be enchanted by this epic story!
I stayed up all night reading this. I love the ancient history and love through time. Very well written. Loved it.