Elsha was born in a world of fire and darkness, a child of the Quelled. The Quelled are a branded people, doomed always to mine coal to warm the ruling class, the Chosen.
But Elsha has strange visions and a strength of spirit that sets her apart. Condemned to death on her sixteenth birthday for her defiance, Elsha is saved when she is called to be Handmaiden to the firelord, the first Quelled female ever to be so honoured. The Firelord is the most powerful being on earth, the only one with the gift of finding the coal vital to warm a dark world trapped forever in icy winter.
As Elsha learns from the Firelord the ways of her new and dangerous world, her visions grow stronger, and so do her powers. The death of the Firelord puts her in a position to claim his title - and bloody war breaks out. As Elsha fights to make a bold new world for her people, she learns the price of power. But she learns, too, another power, and wins for all people, and for earth, an unforeseen victory.
Original title: Winter of Fire
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Fantasy→ Fantasy Worlds