With her master dead and her oaths foresworn, necromancer and spy Isyllt Iskaldur finds herself in exile.
Hounded by assassins, she seeks asylum in Assar, the empire she so recently worked to undermine. There, warlords threaten the Empire's fragile peace, and the empress is beset by enemies within the court. Even worse, darkness stirs in the deep desert. Ancient spirits are waking that could destroy Assar faster than any army.
Isyllt must travel into the heart of the desert to lay the darkness there to rest once more. But first she must stop an order of mages that will do anything to keep the Empire safe - even raze it to dust.
Amanda was born in Virginia and, after travelling widely, she was sucked into Texas and hasn't managed to escape. Yet. She has a BA in English literature and is now a bookstore minion while writing and beast-herding her many animals full-time. She lives near Austin.