Flawlessly written and deeply compelling, Lauri J Owen takes you on a journey through the wilds of an alternate Alaska, full of strange, new magic. Snared in the complex politics that suppress the weak and betrayed by the love that she finds, Kiera must battle against more than just a corrupted nobility in her search for justice and the way back home. We are drawn with her relentlessly as she follows her heart regardless of the price, to emerge from this dark and enthralling fantasy with hope for the future. --Pippa Jay, author of KEIR
A deliciously rich, empowering fantasy epic that features complex and realistic characters. Every woman who has had her beauty, her competence, her worth questioned will find in Kiera a relatable heroine that proves one person's strength and compassion can not only make a difference but inspire a nation. --Lesleigh J Owen, PhD, author of the upcoming HUNTED PAST
With wit and passion, Lauri Owen constructs a world both fantastic and familiar -- a world of strong women and the occasional valiant and ethical man in a world of patriarchal poseurs and obedient drones. Like Dorothy in Oz, Kiera struggles heroically to be taken seriously by men -- and to finally get home; unlike Dorothy, though, her adventures are morally complex, cleverly witty, and deliciously sexy. --Michael Kimmel, PhD, author of MANHOOD IN AMERICA
Lauri Owen has crafted a magnificent tale of romance and political intrigue, tightly interwoven through the visions of grandeur and depravity that are her alternate Alaska. From the first page one is gripped by the story as one follows Kiera and Alex, living out a pretty ordinary existence in present day Alaska, through their shocking initiation into the realm of magic, where they must survive or be destroyed. The pages of this book turn of their own accord as one devours the images that flow from them, eager to seek out the mysteries that lie hidden within and, of course, to follow the ultimate conclusion of the romance that is the river of hope wending its way through the book.
--Juniper Bell, author of MY THREE LORDS
About the Author
Lauri J Owen is a civil rights lawyer who grew up in the western U.S. and worked for more than a decade in law enforcement. In 2003, her passion for social justice led her to law school. After completing her Juris Doctorate at U.C., Berkeley, she moved to Bethel, a village in the Alaska Bush, where she fell in love with the the people, the magic, and the majesty of her new home state. Lauri
was selected in 2006 for inclusion in the "Who's Who of American Women" directory in part for her commitment to civil rights, and she currently lives in metro Alaska with both her elementary-school-aged son and her rescued cat companions, and is currently hard at work on the second novel in the Embers series, Blowing Embers.
Ms.A slice of trivia about Lauri: she loves ancient warfare, (old and new) weapons, and warriors of all types.