Fennel and Peree are finally together and safe from the Scourge in the protected village of Koolkuna, but on the day of their partnering ceremony, the village children are stolen away. The pair join a search party led by rival Kaiya, the one person who stands a chance of finding the children thanks to her mysterious past. Fenn endures Kai’s scorn, her subtle designs on Peree, the squabbling of the group, and threats of the Scourge, but nothing has prepared her for the warrior women who will steal others’ children to preserve their own existence—the Fire Sisters.
Read THE FIRE SISTERS, the thrilling conclusion to the bestselling Brilliant Darkness series! There are three novels and two short stories now available in the series. The first novel, THE SCOURGE, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.
Recommended Series Reading Order:
The Keeper: A Brilliant Darkness Story (novella)
The Gatherer: A Brilliant Darkness Story (novella)
The Fire Sisters
“We lost them.” Derain’s voice buckles with grief. “They left one woman behind to fend us off with her arrows, and then she slipped away in the shadows of the branches, moving like the wind. We searched, but we couldn’t find them again.”
“Then we have no time to lose,” Nerang says. “A search party will leave as soon as possible. Who will go?”
There are a few declarations from the group. I hear Derain, and a woman’s high voice, like birdsong, that I think belongs to Amarina. I worked with her in the gardens. She sounds as breakable as a thin stalk of the maidengrass that grew around our water hole at home, but Kadee told me she’s a skilled tracker and woodswoman who can coax fire out of little more than a handful of damp kindling.
“My brothers and me are going for sure,” Moray growls. I don’t trust them much, but they’re tough and cunning. We need whoever can help bring Frost and the children home.
“I’ll go.” My voice is strong, decided. I feel better for saying the words.
Peree squeezes my shoulders. “I will, too.”
I’m afraid to enter an unfamiliar forest, chasing after a group of kidnapping warrior women. I’m no fighter.
But I want to go for Kora and her family. They were the first to befriend Peree and me when we washed up in Koolkuna, helpless as babies.
I want to go for Thrush, Moon, and Petrel. I know all too well how it feels to lose a brother.
I want to go for Frost. Pregnant and afraid, she risked her father, Osprey’s, rage to free Eland and me when we were trapped in the Lofty trees.
I want to go for Nerang, who saved our lives, and for the anuna, who took us in, even if some might unfairly blame us for this tragedy now.
And… I want to go for Eland. I couldn’t save him. I can still save these children.
Everyone has done so much for us. How can I sit here, enjoying the protection and comforts they secured for us, hoping someone else will help?
I’ll go, and I’ll do whatever it takes to find Kora and the others and bring them home.
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