(From the publisher):
The young shari'a witch Brierley once thought that she was the last of her kind, powerful witches who lived in peace and harmony, using their powers for good. Only the women of the shari'a had the gift, and they ruled wisely and well. Her people had flourished for millennia, guided by the elemental beings who embodied the very forces of nature and who could tame the world.
Then the fierce Allemanii people came from beyond the sea. Newly settled in the land, they at first dwelt in peace with the shari'a. But trust turned to hate and the fear that the Allemani had for the witches soon boiled over into genocide. The Allemanii decimated the shari'a out of fear of their differences.
And so Briarly hid in the shadows, keeping her healing powers a secret until, compelled at last to use them, she is discovered and forced to flee the only home she has ever known. But she does not go alone, for she had captured the heart Duke Melfallan, and he goes with her. Though Allemanii, he vows to change the Law condemning any shari'a to death because he has come to know that the shari'a are not monsters...and they can bring a great joy to the world.
While Melfallan fights to save her, Brierley discovers that she is not the last of her kind. That there are many others who managed to stay in the shadows - generations of shari'a who have kept quiet, hiding their powers and waiting. And that not all of whom share Brierley's good heart.
The time of reckoning is at hand. The forces that the shari'a once controlled are being summoned once more. And Brierley finds that the hatred that fueled the Allemanii's violence in ages past is still very much alive.
Will Brierley have to sacrifice her life (and the life of her unborn child) to save an entire world and make things right for her people?
Original title: Twilight Rising, Serpent's Dream
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Secondary Worlds
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Paranormal Powers→ Healers