• Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780756408886
  • 320 Pages
  • DAW
  • 18 and up


All her life Jessica Drake has dreamed of other worlds, some of them similar to her own, others disturbingly alien. She never shares the details with anyone, save her younger brother Tommy, a compulsive gamer who incorporates some aspects of Jessica’s dreams into his games. But now someone is asking about those dreams…and about her. A strange woman has been watching her house. A visitor to her school attempts to take possession of her dream-inspired artwork.


As she begins to search for answers it becomes clear that whoever is watching her does not want her to learn the truth. One night her house catches on fire, and when the smoke clears she discovers that her brother has been kidnapped. She must figure out what is going on, and quickly, if she and her family are to be safe.

Following clues left behind on Tommy’s computer, determined to find her brother and bring him home safely, Jessica and two of her friends are about to embark on a journey that will test their spirits and their courage to the breaking point, as they must leave their own world behind and confront the source of Earth’s darkest legends – as well as the terrifying truth of their own secret heritage.


Praise for C.S. Friedman:

“Marked by epic battles and powerful emotions, the concluding volume of Friedman’s rousing fantasy saga demonstrates once again her talent for creating and populating worlds with unforgettable characters.” —Library Joural (starred)

“While everyone is taking about Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and many others, C. S. Friedman wrote one of the very best—and perhaps the best—fantasy series of the new millennium.” — Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

“C.S. Friedman makes fantastic things—and frightening things—seem very real. Her characters are people, not just place-holders, and the worlds she creates are as tangible as a live feed from the battlefront or a crash-landing in a savage and unfamiliar wilderness. She also writes bright, clear prose that can shine like gemstones or cut like broken glass. If you haven’t read her work you need to do something about that right now.” —Tad Williams

“Powerful, intricate plotting and gripping characters distinguish a book in which ethical dilemmas are essential and engrossing.” —Booklist

“Subtle writing and relentless storytelling skill make for a fantasy both elegant and edgy—and, as always with her work, compulsively readable.” —Melanie Rawn

Elements of this coming-of-age novel, the author’s first aimed at young adults, hearken back to the works of H. Beam Piper and Charles Fort. Friedman develops her themes with more maturity and skill than either of those old figures, taking a more critical view of grand empires than is the custom in science fiction. — RT Book Reviews


C.S. Friedman
C.S. Friedman
C.S. Friedman