The old ones will have their revenge.
Two peoples have been fighting over the same land for a thousand years. Invaders crushed the original inhabitants, and ancient powers have reluctantly given way to newer magics. But Ember was to change all this with a wedding to bind these warring people together - until her future goes up in flames.
Ember's husband-to-be is murdered by a vengeful elemental god, who sees peace as a breach of faith. Set on retribution, she enlists the help of Ash, son of a seer. Together they will pit themselves against elementals of fire and ice in a last attempt to end the conflicts that have scarred their past. They must look to the present, as old furies are waking to violence and are eager to reclaim their people.
Cultural conflicts, familial obligations, and deadly ancient magic turn lives upside down in this intriguing fantasy from YA author Freeman (the Castings Trilogy). The people of the Eleven Domains have argued over land for decades, with many shunning the Travelers who have a magical bond with elemental powers. After Martine, a Traveler, offends the Fire god, he claims her daughter Ember, denying their domain any fires for cooking or warmth until Ember agrees to be his lover. To break Fire's spell, Ember and her cousin Ash must travel far north to Fire Mountain, in the Ice King's domain, and bring back some elemental fire to rekindle the flames. Their passage stirs up other elemental forces as it challenges tradition. Freeman's unique setting and compelling characters make for a highly entertaining tale.