Dust & Rain
Fifteen years ago, a brilliant scientist built a barrier against the dangerous power that radiates from the City of Glass in the southern land, allowing the citizens of Chevakia to live without fear of their lives. Since then, the democracy of Chevakia has prospered, with free-thinking scientists developing steam power and the beginnings of electricity.
But the power, which they call sonorics, controls the weather in Chevakia.
Senator Sadorius han Chevonian is the country’s chief meteorologist. While taking measurements for his job, he is the first to notice a rapid rise of sonorics levels out-of-season. The senate is locked in trivial debate, and to make them listen, he has to take a step he never thought to make.
After the huge explosion of the machine they call the Heart of the City, Loriane has fled the southern land with the sorcerer Tandor, who hovers in and out of consciousness. But while Tandor isn’t speaking, she cannot confirm her fears that he caused the explosion, and that the child she carries has something to do with his twisted plans to seize power from the Eagle Knights who rule the City of Glass.
Just before the explosion, southern queen Jevaithi fled into Chevakia with her young lover Isandor. While they think they’re free of the tyranny of the Eagle Knights, it soon becomes clear something very bad has happened in the City of Glass soon after their escape. Something so bad that it sends waves of sonorics into Chevakia, causing even the Chevakians to flee.
Several streams of refugees are heading for the Chevakian capital. Southerners by train, Chevakians by road, into a city that is tragically unprepared, a country in turmoil with a leader whose support hangs by the merest thread.
A Fantastical Adventure!
Patty Jansen is a true Master Story Teller with a keen understanding of the interplay between human nature, society, government and politics, and the environment. In the Ice Fire Trilogy (Fire & Ice, Dust & Rain, Fire & Tears), she unabashedly deconstructs each of these concepts and reconstructs them in surprising and imaginative ways. The world in which the Ice Fire Trilogy is set is delicately balanced and tipping the scales one way or the other is the impetus that propels the story forward. The main characters are compelling and well defined, each with his/her own strengths and imperfections, both literally and figuratively. Ice Fire Trilogy is a uniquely imaginative adventure set forth in a fantastical world that felt like it could be real on so many levels - with just the right touch of "magic". Do yourself a favor and dive into the bundled 3 set. You will thank me later!