Aengus, a hard-bitten young thief with a gift for sand painting, expects a fine new life of adventuring when his drunken father sells him to Bruchan, a wandering storyteller.
But instead of illustrating his new master's tales at fairs, Aengus finds himself embroiled in a desperate secret war. For Bruchan leads an embattled religious community which is fighting to keep alive its hidden knowledge and ancient way of life. Threatening them are the fanatical Brotherhood of the Wolf, servants of the Wild Fire, who ruthlessly hunt all such heretics.
Schooled by his master in weapons, arcane art, and the proud history of his people, can the boy from the Burren find a way to save himself and all he has grown to love, or will one spill of the colored sands unleash the ravaging Fire?
About the Author
Gilluly is the author of two fantasy trilogies: The Greenbriar Queen (GREENBRIAR QUEEN, THE CRYSTAL KEEP, and RITNYM'S DAUGHTER, all published originally by Roc and Headline; and The Books of the Painter (THE BOY FROM THE BURREN, THE GIANT OF INISHKERRY, and THE EMPEROR OF EARTH-ABOVE, published by Headline).