A goddess in the making... or a demon reborn?
In the remote mountain village where she was born, Mariarta dil Alicg lives the untroubled life of a peasant girl...until, soon after a mysterious stranger's arrival, she starts to hear voices in the wind. The voices whisper strange secrets in Mariarta's ears -- promising her the power to command the stormwind, hinting at an unknown, magical heritage, and prophesying a fate marvelous past all Mariarta's imaginings.
Then a curse falls on Mariarta's village, shattering the lives of her family and friends. Mariarta must journey across the mountain realm of Raetia in search of a way to break the curse -- while also hunting for the truth about the beautiful and terrible being who she discovers is trying to possess her soul.
Mariarta's search will lead her into hidden domains of sorcery both dreadful and wondrous, and will finally embroil the young woman in the growing rebellion against her land's cruel Austriac oppressors. But not before Mariarta comes face to face at last with the immortal Lady of the Storms, and challenges her to one final battle for control of her life, her soul, and her destiny...
"Duane is tops in the high adventure business." -- Publishers Weekly
"One of the finest current writers of speculative fiction." -- Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Besides the 1980s creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star TrekTM universe and many scripts for live-action and animated TV series on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as work in comics and computer games.
She has spent a fair amount of time on the New York Times Bestseller List, and has picked up various awards here and there-most recently the "Faust" Grand Master Scribe award of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
She lives in County Wicklow in Ireland, with her husband of thirty years, the screenwriter and novelist Peter Morwood. A more complete biography can be found at DD's website, dianeduane.com.
Her favorite color is blue, her favorite food is a weird kind of Swiss scrambled-potato dish called maluns, she was born in a Year of the Dragon, and her sign is "Runway 24 Left, Hold For Clearance."
Online she can be most frequently be found on Twitter (@dduane), on Facebook (facebook.com/diane.duane/), and on Tumblr (dduane.tumblr.com).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The paperback version of this book is missing the last hundred or so pages. Don't buy it.