Klast, loner, assassin and spy, has no idea that his destiny is linked to the maid he is sent to rescue. Or that both their fates are inescapably bound together to heal the wounds that Earth, source of all life, sustained from the war between Bargia and Catania. But before he can fulfill the role that Earth has set for him, he must wrestle with his own internal demons. He must also assist Lord Gaelen to unmask and bring to justice the traitor who plots to kill Lady Marja and the heir that she bears. Failure of any part of Klast’s journey could upset, even further, the Balance necessary for Earth to support Her people with good harvests, health and peace. Each needs the other.
Even Liethis, true seer, does not fully understand what makes it so imperative that Klast’s bond with Brensa not be broken. But Earth has shown her that Her healing, the future of the people, even the birth of the heir Marja bears, depend on it. Unless Klast completes his destiny, She will not heal, and more catastrophes, like the Red Fever that ravages the population, will follow. Time is short.
Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne from 1917 until his death, aged ninety-nine, in 1963, was a towering figure in Melbourne's Catholic community. But his political interventions had a profound effect on the wider Australian nation too. Award-winning biographer Brenda Niall has made some unexpected discoveries in Irish and Australian archives…