Captives of the Savage Empire: Savage Empire, Book Three by Jean Lorrah
Torio, a renegade Reader, has broken his oath and taken his powers of telepathy to the Savage Lands. The Savage Adepts have driven back the walls of the Empire, using their mysterious gifts of sorcery. Now, with the Readers in their midst, their powers--to tumble walls, to sink ships, to cause the earth to swallow entire cities--can reach into the very heart of the Empire. Melissa, Reader and Healer, must learn to leave her body for a treacherous journey into the Savage Lands, to save her true love and her world. Without her help, the Savage Empire may be doomed! The third thrilling novel in this fantasy adventure series!