Infused with folk lore magic and history, The Firebird's Vengeance is the stunning conclusion to the Isavalta trilogy, from major new fantasy author Sarah Zettel. 'You will pay for this, screamed the Firebird. Life and blood and realm I will have from you. You will pay with your whole life for this act!' With the aid of the Sorcerer Avanasy, Empress Medoean triumphed in caging the terrible Firebird, conjured and set loose upon her people by the Nine Elders of the Hung-Tse Empire. But the safety of her kingdom was not without its price; the cage, wrought with gold, magic and blood demanded a sacrifice, a price paid by her loyal sorcerer. Ingrid, Avanasy's lover is returned to Sand Island, her home in 19th Century America, but dies giving birth to Avanasy's child. Bridget Lederle survives and years later is drawn into her father's world, to continue her Avanasys legacy - to aid Medeoan once more in the containment of the Firebird. But the cage is weakening as it feeds on the lifeforce of the prematurely aging Empress. Medeoan's messenger and new sorcerer, Kalami, has ambitions o fhis own that don't include the well-being of Isavalta; he works for a new and more frightening power, and although Brigdet finally defeats him, the Firebird is set free once more.
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Praise for the Isavalta novels of Sarah Zettel
"Zettel has the many strands of her complex story well in hand as she weaves her storyteller's magic."
" A Sorcerer's Treason is a sumptuous tale of subtle magic, malevolent sorcery, and twisted loyalties where nothing is as it first appears---I can guarantee you won't regret venturing into Sarah Zettel's world."
--Sara Douglass, author of The Wayfarer Redemption
"Romance readers should welcome this one as eagerly as fantasy fans."
-- Publishers Weekly on The Usurper's Crown
" A Sorcerer's Treason is a gem of a book, artfully blending the windswept magic of late nineteenth-century Lake Superior with that of the mystical realm of Isavalta. Sarah Zettel's vision of both places is keen, her world-building refreshing and original, her plot unpredictable, and her characters multi-dimensional. The journeys across time, layers of court intrigue, haunting magic, and crisp depiction of setting make for an extremely enjoyable read."
--Elizabeth Haydon, author of Rhapsody
"This sweet-tempered melodrama will appeal mainly to younger female fantasy fans, who will be sure to welcome the forthcoming sequel."
-- Publishers Weekly on A Sorcerer's Treason
"Complicated court intrigue is brought alive in a setting, enriched by research in Russian folklore and magiclore, for a very cleverly woven fantasy. A good read indeed."
Sarah Zettel was born in California in 1966. Since then, she's lived in ten cities, four states and two countries. She has written four science fiction novels and many short stories in the sf, fantasy and horror genres. She currently lives in Michigan with her husband Tim and her cat, Buffy the Vermin Slayer.
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