My ascension through blood and tears to become Saanire Aurelia Rior didn't matter—I felt like an imposter walking into the gathering of Rior, like a child playing dress-up with powers I hadn't grown into yet.
As autumn fades to bitter winter, Aurelia is running out of time to follow Lucien, Aamon, and the others to the distant northern mountains where the long-lost Rior sanctuary lies hidden. An ethereal beast and dangerous storms bar the way . . . but so does the shard of memory lodged in Aurelia's heart. Reliving her mother's murder, she now sees herself rotting before her own eyes, unable to sleep, unable to focus her riore.
When she finally reaches the secluded valley, the truth of why the Rior have stayed hidden for a millennium is worse than anything she could have imagined. Aurelia must use her forbidden blood and the powers that come with it to save those she loves, right ancient wrongs, and close the wound that has plagued Iyarri society since the Night of Bloody Feathers.
MELISSA LYNN HEROLD is artistically talented, scientifically minded, and magically fascinated, things that manifest in both her fiction and her nonfiction. An herbal alchemist, Melissa owns and runs NightBlooming, where she blends up herbs and oils that grow real-life fairytale hair, and has published two nonfiction books, Rehabilitating Damaged Hair Naturally and Coloring Hair Naturally with Henna & Other Herbs.
Her debut fantasy series, the Iyarri Chronicles, began with Heaven's Silhouette, continued with Mourning's Dawn, and comes to a spellbinding conclusion with Ascension's Reckoning. She lives with her husband in a sweeping river valley, along with their mutinous cats and garden dotted with honeybees.