The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack.
Across the land of Hytanica, under the shadow of the crimson
moon, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had
faded from the sky did the disappearances stop, and the bodies of
the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city,
a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known.
For the next sixteen years, peace reigned, but one mystery
remained unsolved. The Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine
newborns, but returned only forty-eight bodies.
Now, as seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica is besieged
from all sides by suitors vying for the Throne, a teenage Cokyrian
boy, Narian, is encountered within the walls of her Kingdom, a boy
who will show Alera a world where women serve a purpose and
not just a husband. As Narian helps Alera find her voice, she
struggles against an arranged marriage that will shatter the life she
has scarcely begun to live. And when Narian’s shocking past is
uncovered, and war with Cokyri looms once more, he must fight
to defy a fate ordained at his birth.
Pubilshed by Forsooth Publishing