- Available in: Kindle
- Published: December 12, 2016
Disaster strikes the village of Burymoss at a time when the yoke of oppression is at its tightest. The tools needed to create a better life have been slipping away for years and are almost lost from memory. Children become adults all too quickly, learning from hardships and loss anybody would struggle with. Jack and Sophie Nealer are thrown into a world of responsibility overnight. The Nealers’ regular expeditions to the great trading markets are a life line for the wider community, even though this very trade preserves the cycle of repression, it must continue. Their friend, Leo Robinson, has been coping with his own losses and responsibilities for some time: the friends look to each other for support and find help from unexpected sources.
The Crow Queen and her cursed brood have plundered the land for years and are now picking at the bones of the people. Her tyrannical rule has meant skills once practised, revered and held in high regard have become misunderstood, feared and dangerous to follow.
While others fight for the basic rights of life and some begin to rebuild their lives, Jack, Sophie and Leo start to imagine and believe in a greater solution. The three friends find themselves on a path that becomes more dangerous with every ill-judged decision they make. Their ultimate dash for survival will change everything they’ve ever known, or understood.