"Dar, the destroyer goddess, chose Sileria as Her home... and no one loves destruction the way a Silerian does."
For a thousand years in the mountainous island nation of Sileria, fire sorcery and water magic have been at odds. Forever enemies, forever apart. Now, as the conquering Valdani empire withdraws in humiliated defeat from Sileria's blood-drenched shores, the nation is plunged into civil war, prophecy is shattered by betrayal, drought and earthquakes torment the land, and a volcano goddess vents Her wrath.
While Tansen, the returned exile who hides a shameful secret, pursues all-out war against the ruthless Honored Society, a sea-born boy struggles with an unwanted fate that could change history, a treacherous waterlord does what no one in Sileria has ever imagined, and Mirabar, a fire sorceress cursed with the gift of prophecy, risks everything to serve Sileria, destiny, and the destroyer goddess.
* Year's Best list, Publisher's Weekly
* Year's Best list, Voya
"Fast-paced, witty and full of action, the book is a marvel of storytelling, but it's the credible, complex relationships among the characters that elevates this far above the usual fantasy standard... Resnick fans have cause to rejoice."
—[starred review] Publishers Weekly
"The rivalries and feuds continue fast and furious, not to say bloody, and Tansen nearly loses his life. But a mysterious boy from the ranks of the waterlords saves Tansen to continue his struggle to a breathless and satisfactory conclusion. The tale will certainly keep its series audience industriously turning pages and make them hope Resnick has more in store for them."
"Free will wars with vague prophecy and divine intervention in this epic romantic fantasy, which will stay with readers long after the satisfying conclusion... [Resnick's] mythology and world-building are flawless, the characters are convincing and complex, and Sileria is intoxicatingly believable."
About the Author
Laura Resnick is the author of the popular Esther Diamond urban fantasy series She has also written traditional fantasy novels such as In Legend Born, The Destroyer Goddess, and The White Dragon, which made the "Year's Best" list of Publishers Weekly. An opinion columnist, frequent public speaker, and the Campbell Award-winning author of many sf/f short stories, she is on the Web at LauraResnick.com.
Resnick brings her outstanding two-part fantasy saga, which began with White Dragon: In Fire Forged, Part One (2003), to a fully satisfying conclusion. After the defeat of the Valdani conquerors, the land of Sileria faces a threat from its most powerful caste, the Waterlords, who through their control of the water supply can extort obedience from a thirsty populace. Tansen, Sileria's greatest warrior, and Mirabar, a prophetess and fire wizard, lead the rebellion against the water cartels. Mirabar's visions suggest that for Sileria to be truly free, water magic cannot simply be vanquished it must remain a part of Sileria's future. Tansen, with his deep-seated hatred of Waterlords, may find this notion hard to accept, she realizes. Fast-paced, witty and full of action, the book is a marvel of storytelling, but it's the credible, complex relationships among the characters that elevates this far above the usual fantasy standard. One of the book's greatest accomplishments is the humanization of the mad Waterlord Baran. At its heart, this is a story of family ties those we choose, and those that choose us. Resnick fans have cause to rejoice.