In Alorin…three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor’s brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D’Lacourte’s mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he’ll have to find him…
In the kingdom of Dannym…the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord…
In the Nadori desert…tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.
Melissa McPhail is the award-winning author of the Pattern of Shadow & Light series. She is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid Fantasy reader. A long-time student of philosophy, Melissa is both fascinated with and passionate about the Fantasy genre because of its inherent philosophical explorations.
Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their twin daughters and two very large cats. Cephrael’s Hand in Book One in her Pattern of Shadow and Light series.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The characters of Cephrael’s Hand and the Pattern of Shadow & Light Series were the original inspiration. They demanded that their story be told, and I could naught but comply. They continue to inspire me, as I hope they do for others as well.