The war rages on and General Navarien is advancing into Deva despite all the clans and Julia can do. King Gylaren must march north to oppose the invasion, but it takes time to muster the army, and there is no time. With war in the north, and Japura now allied with Tindebrai, Gylaren sends his son and heir on a desperate mission to seek aid, but before he can march to join Julia, the unthinkable occurs and Fortress Malcor falls to the Hasian invaders. Lord Jihan retreats to Waldenvale and Julia leads the remnants of the clans to ally with him, but Navarien has plans of his own and is not satisfied with controlling Deva's greatest fortress. Despite Julia's magic, despite the awsome fighting skills of the clan warriors, Jihan knows his defeat is inevitable. The best he can do is slow the Hasians down with the blood of his men, hoping by some miracle the King can reach him before its too late.
Mark E. Cooper lives in a small town in the south of England, where he writes most mornings and evenings. His background is in mechanical engineering where he spent over thirty years working for Ford. He loves reading and writing about strong female characters and can often be found listening to a book on his iPod, while he types like a madman.
His hobbies include Shelby Cobras--he built a V12 version of the classic car with with his best friend back in the early 90s. It still has pride of place in his garage. He reads science fiction and fantasy when he can, and likes urban fantasy too. He maintains a website and blog at http://www.markecooper.com and a fan page for the Merkiaari Wars series at http://www.impulsebooks.co.uk/facebook.html
He is now the author of more than ten titles in the genres he loves to read.