Circle of Ash
Solace Cycle Series, #1
by Sterling Magleby
By the churning banks of the Ashlit Mire and the crumbled black of a sprawling ruin, the town of Kualabu stands an uneasy watch. As the daughter of one of its most prominent families, Dayang Marchadesch trains to face the dangers of the world beyond the walls while contending with the realities of growing up behind them. Down the southern stretch of the Caustlands there runs a river, and on an island that splits the water’s flow there sits a monastery, centuries old: the Presilyo, training ground for certain followers of the Triune Path, raised almost from birth in its service. It is not an easy place to come of age, but Sanyago and his brother Laris will have to find their way through and face the dangers of the life set out for them. Out in the furthest reaches of Earthmarch, Juliaen Draecsl works alongside her family, helping to push the boundaries of her Nation further out into the quartzwood wilds, dreaming of duty and deeper purpose. Lives often collide in unpredictable ways…
About the Author:
Sterling Magleby grew up in a house full of books, which he started reading very young and never stopped. He has been a soldier, a tech worker and, in his infinitely more religious days, even a missionary. He speaks fluent Spanish and rusty Arabic, enjoys video and tabletop games, and runs largely on strong tea.