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High fantasy and romance mix with adventure and magic in the first of Lara Morgan's Twins of Saranthium series.
For two thousand years, the serpents of Salmut and their riders have kept the people of Saranthium safe – but the pact between human and serpent is failing. Rogue serpents are attacking villages, and rumours abound that the banished god of the serpents, Azoth, has returned to resurrect his empire of slavery.
Orphan, thief and survivor Shaan works in the serpent yards of Salmut and wakes from dreams of blood and death. The surprising discovery that she can speak with Nuathin, the oldest serpent of the yards, brings her to the attention of sept leader, Balkis. Handsome, arrogant and seductive, Balkis is also a man with powerful and dangerous alliances and Shaan becomes the target of the city's most feared arms men: The Faithful.
Meanwhile in the deserts, a young man named Tallis defends his clan against rogue serpents, driving them off with supernatural force. When he faces becoming an outcast because of his power, the truth of his birth is revealed and he embarks on a journey to understand the strength locked within his mind.
Drawn together, Shaan and Tallis become ensnared in the resurrection of an ancient conflict, but on whose side will they stand – that of the serpents or the people?
About the Author
Lara Morgan is a pen name I use to write fantasy and science fiction. I have also written under the name Lara Martin as well as my maiden name, Lara Brncic - one which many find much more difficult to pronounce. I'm a first generation Australian (my mother is Bermudian and my father Croatian) and I grew up in the towns of Mount Helena and Chidlow in the hills outside of Perth, Western Australia where the trees are tall, the summers are hot and it wasn't unusual to find a snake in the grass down the back of the block. I was a bookworm of a kid spending a lot of nights reading with a torch when it was supposed to be lights out and wrote my first book when I was still in primary school: a blatantly plagiarised version of The Magic Faraway Tree - thank you so much Enid Blyton for your stellar imagination. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Western Australia where I met my partner, Grant, and have lived in Geraldton since 1993 - not counting the months where we've run away to join the backpacker circus in Europe, North America or Asia. I've worked as an arts project officer, been production manager of a newspaper and a consulting editor and even at one stage had a great time writing a weekly TV column where I criticised everything with ferocious abandon - but then there came a time when I had to grow up and find my real job AKA being a writer. If you want to know how I got published click on the Writing link for the full thrilling story. Currently, I write full time and when I'm not working (or even when I am supposed to be) I can be found either reading or feeding my insatiable need for science fiction television shows.