Her name was Adelei. She was a master in her field, one of the feared Order of Amaska. Those who were a danger to the Little Dozen Kingdoms wound up dead by her hand. The Order sends her deep into the Kingdom of Alexander, away from her home in Sadai, and into the hands of the Order's enemy.
The job is nothing short of a suicide mission, one serving no king, no god, and certainly not Justice. With no holy order to protect her, she tumbles dagger-first into the Boahim Senate's political schemes and finds that magic is very much alive and well in the Little Dozen Kingdoms.
While fighting to unravel the betrayal surrounding the royal family of Alexander, she finds her entire past is a lie, right down to those she called family. They say the truth depends on which side of the sword one stands. But they never said what to do when all the swords are pointing at you.
Amidst her enemies, in a land from the darkest reaches of her past, she must decide if she is to be more than another brainwashed puppet. No matter her choice, she must fight to do what is just and right to save the people of the Little Dozen.
About the Author
Multi-international award-winning speculative fiction author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan's Blood (2016 Ozma Fantasy Award Winner, Epic Awards Finalist, & Reader's Choice Award Winner), Amaskan's War (2018 UK Wishing Award YA Finalist), and Class-M Exile. She also has many published short stories in anthologies and magazines. She's even published on the moon! (No, really!) Raven spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet.Besides being a writer and artist, she's a geeky, disabled ENBY who enjoys getting her game on with tabletop games, indulging in cartography and art, or staring at the ocean. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach. Her hair color changes as often as her bio does, and you can find her at www.ravenoak.net.
"With a ferocious-yet-fragile heroine, resonant themes, and a sweepingly gorgeous backdrop, Amaskan's Blood delivers food for thought and frank enjoyment." --Maia Chance, author of the bestselling Fairy Tale Fatal series "An exciting epic fantasy filled with intrigue and layers upon layers of well crafted secrets and lies." 4/5 stars. --Stephanie Hildreth of 100 Pages a Day "Holy crap, this is good!" --Seattle Geekly "[A] fantasy novel in its truest form...these well-developed individuals held me captive. It was a very strong start to a fantasy series that I very much look forward to following." --Pure Jonal: Confessions of a Bibliophile Reviews "The prose itself is...a cut above the rest as Raven Oak playfully dances with the reader. It's the addition of just enough detail, and the right amount of it, that makes this read. Oak is loquaciously talented and the writing in the book shines. [She] crafts [her] words carefully, in order to pull the reader in, and once he's hooked, reels him in." --Open Book Society "Oak draws on the power of themes found in fairy tales we've all grown up with, and weaves them into a powerful tale full of violence, emotion and anguish, whilst delivering a powerful and well held together story....If George R R Martin wrote Tangled, it might be a bit like this." --Noor Jahangir, author of The Adventures of Some Kid