Meryam heard the familiar sounds of a ship drifting away from the dock. She moved as quickly as she could back towards the dingy whitewashed houses that clustered together at the edge of the bay. The bloom of the gong’s second sounding had struck her deep in her soul. A single peal would have been the start of the hunt for Liora. The second peal meant danger. What danger? Her last-minute decision to return to the city had been rash and fueled by nothing more than her intuition and the sick feeling of dread that filled her at the sounding of the gong. Something was horribly wrong in Valir.
Reading is fantastic, right? Who doesn't like to talk about their favorite books with other people who love (or hate) those same books?
We can't always get together locally with like-minded people, however, and lo, the web-based book club was born. The dream is big, but the plan is simple. Come join us in our Book Club Facebook Group. We'll talk about one book per month, starting on 1 August, 2017 with ... (drumroll) ... Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn.
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When a plot against the emperor and another against his daughter unknowingly converge, the pampered daughter of the emperor must learn to channel her mother’s gift of magic that has, until now, been hidden from everyone, including her.
Liora Tanir is pulled from her comfortable life of silk sheets and fencing lessons when one of her dozens of siblings reports her as a witch to the emperor’s anti-magic police force, the Nomiya. Fleeing the palace with her faithful servant, Liora discovers that there is more to her past than she was aware of. With the help of her newfound uncle, Liora leaves the capital city only to discover that a plot to kill her father and frame her brother, the Crown Prince Eamon, successfully swept through the palace as she was fleeing. With her servant missing and her uncle dead in a raid by the Nomiya, it is up to Liora to return to the palace wielding her mother’s magic to free her brother and stop the conspiracy.