With the release of Burning Skies just around the corner, I thought I should start sharing more about the exciting new adventure! :)
Burning Skies starts six months after the conclusion of The Sword of Dragons. The new Alliance has fought on a unified front against the orc incursion, and have pushed them back into the Wastelands.
In that time, all contact has been lost with the exploratory colony on the far eastern continent of Trinil. The Wizards attempt to portal to the colony, but find they are blocked from doing so. In fact, they cannot create a portal anywhere on the vast new continent.
As further mysteries compound, the Allied Council decides to send Cardin, Sira, and the rest of their team across the vast ocean to investigate. What they find is an army of undead, poised to strike at Edilas at the will of their necromancer masters. But who are the Necromancers? Why must they strike at Edilas? And how has no one ever encountered them before?
The Covenant of the Order of the Ages
Imagine everything you thought you knew about the universe has suddenly come into question. What were once known facts have suddenly been proven completely wrong. And imagine those facts were taught by a central body.
The Covenant, leaders of the Order of the Ages, have managed to retain a seat on the new Allied Council, but at the start of Burning Skies, their position has begun to weaken. They have openly admitted to misinterpreting the Cronal, the central document that forms the foundation of the Order, and as they attempt to ascertain the truth, they struggle to maintain their place in the world.
But the Covenant’s secrets run even deeper than anyone knows, and as prophecy and apocalypse begins to unfold upon Halarite, more of the Covenant’s secrets begin to unravel.
Anila Kovin – Trusted Guardian of the Order
With such dangerous knowledge beneath the very foundations of Archanon, they have entrusted the protection of their order to an elite few. Anila Kovin is the greatest of their guardians.
Shrouded in mystery, Anila is one of the most skilled soldiers Cardin has ever encountered. She wields a sword unlike anything ever encountered on Halarite – long, slender, and curved, light as a dagger, and made with the strongest steel. Anila is able to hold her own against Cardin despite having no powers.
When the mystery of the new colony on Trinil is linked to the Order and its secrets, Anila is dispatched with Cardin and his team to journey across the sea. There she begins to form a close friendship with Reis, the only other member of the group to be powerless.
This comes as a refreshing change for the Warrior. Having always been surrounded by Mages, and more recently Wizards, Reis has envied their power and felt out of place. Anila is the first person he has met who is as powerless as he is, yet can hold their own against those with magic.
However, Anila’s secrets cannot remain hidden forever. And in the final climactic battle of Burning Skies, the truth of who she is must be unveiled, and Reis’s spirits crushed.
I hope you all enjoyed this glimpse into Burning Skies! This is still just the beginning, and barely scratches the surface of the epic story told within the pages of Burning Skies.
PS: for those curious minds, Anila’s sword is indeed meant to resemble a samurai sword… ;)
Thanks for reading!