An old evil threatens to rise from the depths of the warded city...
Sixteen-year-old Marianne lives a simple life as a healer in the Link, looking after her younger brother since their parents' exile. Little does she know how everything will change after attending the blessing in the city of Obanac. After her brother is wrongfully imprisoned, Marianne seeks his release from Crawford Reign, the Lord of Obanac. But she's faced with an impossible choice--the lord wants her in exchange. To save her brother she turns to the daring outlaw Robbie and his friends for help. Along with the help of Theo, the holy man's son, a daring rescue soon uncovers rumors of an old sorcerer who may still live and whispers of the phantom's curse--an evil that requires a host and seeks to destroy the world--threatening to resurface.
With the threat of an old evil rising in Obanac and the attacks of the Black Riders throughout the realm, nowhere seems safe. To save the people of the land and everyone she cares about, Marianne must unlock the secret to who she really is and embrace the mage magic that stirs within her.
About the Author
Shelley Wilson is a multi-award-winning blogger and author. Her motivational and personal development blog has received numerous awards and was named a Top 10 UK Personal Development Blog. She is the author of How I Changed My Life in a Year!, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed, Motivate Me! An Oracle Guidebook, and Meditation for Children.Shelley divides her writing time between motivational non-fiction for adults and the fantasy worlds of her young adult fiction. Her non-fiction books combine motivation and self-help with a healthy dose of humor, and her YA novels combine myth, legend and fairy tales with a side order of demonic chaos. Shelley is an obsessive list maker who loves pizza, vampires, mythology, and history. She resides in Solihull, West Midlands, UK, where she lives with her three grown-up children and her mischievous black cat, Luna.
"...a fast-paced, engaging first-person narrative that moves skillfully between sympathy-evoking personal experience and broad-ranging, sometimes violent action." -- Kirkus Reviews
"...a short, fun adventure about the power of friendship and family in a world where darkness is trying to destroy everything." -- The Bookish Raven