By Laurel Anne Hill
Illustrated by Jasmine Nakagawa
In a world where justice is achieved through careful customs of vengeance, Gundack pursues love and the preservation of his honor.
Desert kren are a nomadic people who believe their customs and mythology show them how to be honorable and thrive. Gundack, a trader and leader of the tribe, seeks revenge for the murder of his wife Talla in the prescribed manner of his people. According to kren custom, he must fulfill a vow of decreed vengeance against Tarr, the ruthless mountain kren responsible for Talla’s murder, and complete a pilgrimage to gain the right to marry the fair Eutoebi.
Gundack forms an unlikely alliance with the human Rheemar, who searches for a beloved sister stolen by Tarr. Gundack, with Rheemar, will satisfy the vow and complete the pilgrimage. Then circumstances force him to face the oldest of kren beliefs: In horrific times, heroes must arise. But can the least worthy prove themselves to be heroes, and the most worthy at least heroic?
Category: General Fiction/Fantasy
198 pages, 10 illustrations
Price: $24.95 (U.S.A.)
Publication Date: October 2007
Price: $15.95 (U.S.A.)
Publication Date: August 2008
2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Finalist (Young Adult Fiction; Best Cover Design)
2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards
Bronze Medalist (Science Fiction)
Finalist (Young Adult Fiction)