Old Man Fire knows Jetta ak'Kal's name. It laughs at her now, she who is the most talented Firedancer of her generation. The living fire defeated her once, left her scarred and bereft of her lifemate, her reputation, and her confidence. Worse, the Dance she has spent her life learning no longer seems able to keep the Old Man in check. And if that is the case, then all of Metrenna—the entire world—must eventually fall to the savage hunger of fire that thinks.

But as Jetta soon discovers, Fire is not the only danger. His wild sister, Wind, and sullen, lazy Water also seem sulky and rebellious. The sentient children of Earth Mother seem to be in league against her, pursuing some agenda of their own in defiance of the talented clans the Mother made in the Beginning to keep them in check. Fire, the eldest, the Ancient, rages in the deeps, forever clawing at his prison, for his hunger for the open air and the green fuel of the world aboveground is so savage that Earth Mother trapped him in solid rock long ago. His gentle sister, Wind, would like to help him, but it is her angry dark side, the Hag, that seems to manifest most these days, scouring the land, taunting her lazy sister, Water, to come join her.

In the face of elemental forces capable of destroying every living thing in all the world, even the fearsome talents of the Fire Clans, the Windriders, the Delvers, and the Seaborn seem inadequate to a threat they have never before faced. But even the vicious Old Man has not reckoned with Jetta ak'Kal.

Ordered by her clan to take a new assignment in a remote mountain village with no experience of fighting Fire, she is forced to improvise, and so begins an epic struggle that will take her far from this one embattled town, draw in allies she never dreamed of, and confront a mystery that threatens every living thing everywhere. Are Earth Mother's children really in rebellion against her? And if the Mother no longer cares, then where in all the world will there be anywhere left for anyone else to stand?

Suddenly it is not just one Firedancer's fight, but everyone's. Unfortunately, the talented clans have little experience with working together, and some of their skills spell active danger for the rest. Is it even possible for a Windrider and a Firedancer to combine their power, or a Delver to help a master of the sea bring tricksy Water to heel?

This sweeping saga of ingenuity and courage in the face of the implacable forces of nature itself draws readers straight into a world where the enemy is seldom who—or what—you might expect. A world where wild magic yearns to be used, where those who dare to use it may regret it forever, and where friendship may be the greatest magic of all.

 






The Masters of the Elements

Firedancer by S. A. Bolich

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Seaborn by S. A. Bolich

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