Kyri Vantage's parents were murdered – by forces unknown but powerful. Her brother Rion was killed five years later, when he seemed on the verge of learning what had happened that night, even though he was an agent of Myrionar, God of Justice and Vengeance. And when Kyri herself discovered the truth, she became the only chance for her family to see justice done – and the last, fragile hope for a dying god.
But that was only one of the disasters facing Zarathan, as the world began to be enveloped in treachery and war, and two others took their own paths which would eventually collide with hers: Tobimar Silverun, Seventh Prince of Skysand, exiled on the turn of a card and a prophecy, seeking a homeland lost to evil and time; and Poplock Duckweed, an unlikely hero whose diminuitive size was as much weapon as it was weakness. As rulers are murdered and countries beseiged, three stories converge into a single confrontation which may determine the fate of Zarathan itself.
Phoenix Rising is an epic fantasy, set on the world of Zarathan – Zahr-A-Thana, World of Magic, in the language of the Ancient Saurans and the Dragons. It is, hopefully, the first in a trilogy I call "The Balanced Sword." I have done my best to make Phoenix Rising a stand-alone novel, but there is much left to tell in this world, and in the stories of Kyri, Tobimar, and Poplock. The novel will be released on November 6, 2012.