When magically gifted Arisha runs away from an army camp with her elephant Hami in order to save him from death in battle, she thinks she’s in deep trouble. However, she soon discovers that things can always get worse.
Escaping across a war-torn country, they are captured by the enemy’s leader. Rhys, known as the Eagle and with a reputation as a cold blooded killer, wants to use the elephant to take revenge on Arisha’s people and needs her to control Hami.
Arisha is ready to fight him every step of the way, but to her annoyance, instead of throwing her in a rat-infested prison, he behaves with honour. Grudgingly she comes to respect him and they find themselves drawn to each other despite their differences.
But can Arisha bridge the gap between opposing countries and personalities before the decisive battle is joined?
A tale of elemental magic, almond eyes, daring escapes and feathers.
Set in the same world as Bride to the Sun, but some three hundred years earlier and in Medyr’s homeland Aneirion (map), this story chronicles the adventures of Arisha, a young Wood mage.
Bride to the Sun
Shay, firedancer and bride to the sun, faces punishment for the crimes of her dead father: she has her magic bound and at the emperor’s whim finds herself handed over as concubine to a barbarian lord. However, Lord Medyr of the Hawk doesn’t particularly fancy such a dubious gift – proving a surprise both to Shay and to the man who wants to use them as pawns in his ruthless bid for power.
The reserved, self-controlled firedancer is bewildered by the task of having to deal with that strange creature, a male. Yet with enemies threatening on all sides, Shay and the hot-headed warrior from the north must build a fragile bridge of trust. But will they realise in time that the growing attraction between them is also their deadliest danger?
A tale of elemental magic, perilous intrigues, a tortoise and pond slime.
This story, set in a fantasy world inspired by my travels to Asia and my interest in ancient Chinese history, has been a long time in the making, but is now finally seeing the light of day. If you want to have a peek inside, the first two chapters are available here as an excerpt or you can use the ‘look inside’ feature on Amazon.