So much pain to bear for something new to come.
Despite a rocky start in life, Nalene has survived twenty years in the sea cliffs of the Aglatian Sea. She struggles daily to master her water energy rather than succumb to it. An icy constitution has forced her to rely on her sister for care, protection, and guidance.
But the tides are turning and powers shifting in Montenai. Once a sickly creature with no purpose, Nalene emerges a strong, willful guardian. This reclusive orphan has everyone's attention, including a new seer who predicts "only one can survive" the battle to come.
Challenged by dragon lords, championed by outcasts, Nalene meets strife at every turn. As a crisis of faith wages within her, she forges ahead because she won't give up on hope. What is she willing to sacrifice to fulfill her destiny?
A family tragedy at the age of twelve thrusts Serena into the world of shadowcasting. She relishes the dragon lords' protection and training but loves her new job and human charge even more.
Because of her great-great-grandfather's alliance with a vicious nymph queen, Serena finds other Montenaians refuse to trust or accept her. It doesn't help that she has the same birthmark and orange spark in her eyes as the relative who brought shame to the Brisson name.
Stepping through the portal to Paris allows Serena to escape her family's reputation as well as her mother's harsh traditions. Every day Serena pushes to be "worthy of the dragon," regardless of her brother warning her the path leads to horrible loss.
For years, the lore of dragon and astrei has molded the practices and beliefs of Montenaians. No one has felt this more than the phantom, Serena. This Drifter's history is the key to Shadowland's fate. Can she protect them from a dangerous future and still find her way home?