The epic conclusion to the story that began with Mary of the Aether and continued with Mary of Shadows and Mary of Starlight. One enemy remains, a creature more devious, cunning and cruel than any Devourer. Mary the Lightbearer will face this enemy in a last world-shattering battle that will change the fate of universes. But it is a battle like no other against an evil force greater than anything Mary has ever known. The truth about many things will be revealed, and no one will ever be the same.
Targeted Age Group:: 13-17
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The concluding volume of my young adult, urban fantasy series builds upon the themes and ideas established in the previous novels. It also brings what I hope will be a satisfying end to the story of Mary Lanham.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I am always inspired by events and relationships in my real life, but they characters ultimately are constructs of my own imaginations.
Chapter 1: The Long Awakening
It took five days of healing to get her right eye open, another three for the left. Five more days passed before her hearing returned, and the first sound she became aware of was the creaking of her shattered bones coming back together. She had the unfortunate pleasure of listening to the bones mend over the next two days, and only then did she manage to raise her right arm. She held the hand over her head, trying but failing to flex her fingers. The ring finger and thumb were still broken, pointing in the wrong directions. It took another couple of days to fix that. And finally, a week after her fingers mended, her spine came back together and she managed to sit up.
She had fallen a hundred feet and slammed into the side of an oak tree. That single blow had shattered most of her ribs, snapped her spine and broken her right arm in three places. It had also sent her spinning wildly another thirty yards into the forest, until she finally hit the ground and rolled, fracturing her skull, eyes sockets, breaking her legs and feet and her other arm. After that excruciating ordeal, she had finally come to rest under the low branches of a pine tree, buried under a mound of debris that her tumbling had kicked up.
Nobody had found her, and she wasn’t certain that anyone had tried. The one person who might have spent a little time rooting around in the underbrush for her had left the universe. Just in case, however, she had used a little of her power to keep passersby from getting too close. The last thing she wanted was some fool dragging her broken body away from the source of magic before she had a chance to fully heal.
It took a while, even after sitting up, even with her bones all mended, to get her bearings. She heard someone moving around nearby, but a veil of branches prevented her from seeing him. One of her shoes had come off in the fall, and she saw the gnarled foot, toes like flattened nails. Extensive bruising still covered the arch, the ankle, the heel.
“Well, that was quite an adventure, wasn’t it?” she said, and laughed softly.
About the Author:
Jeffrey Aaron Miller is a 1997 graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, including but not limited to social worker, bus driver, postal carrier, pastor, tire salesman, and content writer, but through it all, he has remained a storyteller. He is the author of numerous novels in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and YA. He resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and children.
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