War of Storms - Book Blitz
The final book in The Ryogan Chronicles series, War of Storms, hits shelves November 5th!
by Erica Cameron
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 5th 2018
The immortal mages have risen, and they're out for blood.
Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya's squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Time is running out for everyone.
But how can her squad of ten stand against an army of ten thousand?
Calling in help from every ally she's made in Ryogo, Khya tries to build a plan that won't require sacrificing her friends or her brother. It's a tough balance to find, especially when the leadership role she thought she wanted sits heavy on her shoulders, and her relationship with Tessen is beginning to crack under the strain.
The end is coming, and there's no way to know who'll be left standing when it hits.
There must be a way to move forward from here while protecting those under my command. It takes an hour for me to see what needs to be done, and I shouldâve admitted it to myself sooner.
My friends need to become immortal.
The problem is that even though we have the instructions and the ingredients to make a susuji, the potion to create immortality, taking it is an immense risk. Immortality isnât guaranteed. In order for the human body to sustain near- eternal life, the susuji must make all-encompassing changes, and some people donât survive the process. Yes, my squad will be protected from so much danger if the susuji makes them invulnerable, but first, theyâll have to suffer through a days-long evolution which just might kill them.
Is it worth it? Thereâs no way to know for sure, and there wonât be until I can look back on the whole year and weigh out losses and gains.
The very risk is why I will notâand would neverâmake this an order. Theyâll make their own choices, same as they have every step of this journey. I will ask, and they will answer, and I have no idea how the conversation will go.
âYouâve been thinking loudly.â Tessenâs eyes are closed, and his head is tipped back against the wall, but his attention is still on me. âWhat has you tied up in knots now?â
âSomething I need to talk to everyone about.â I touch his wrist and he turns his head, opening one eye to look at me. âHelp me gather our squad? Just the original nineââ My stomach flips, and I correct myself. âThe eight of us. Weâll meet in one of the alcoves.â
Although he sags against the stone for a beat, exhaustion in the line of his shoulders as much as it is in the lines around his eyes, he pulls a reserve of energy from somewhere, straightening and running his gaze over the crowded cavern. âWhat about Ryzo? Cutting people out of the loop didnât help us before. I donât think itâll do us any good now.â
I hesitate. Doubts rise in my mind like a plague of insects, burrowing into my thoughts and showing me every way this choice could go wrong, but all I say is, âItâs about Kaisuama. Do you think we should bring anyone else in?â
âYes,â he says after a moment. âRyzo first, and then weâll see. More is probably better if weâre going to survive this.â
Although I nod, I must not do a good job of keeping my uncertainty off my face.
Tessen frowns. âThereâs more. What are you so worried about?â
âImmortality, Tessen.â I donât understand how the idea doesnât worry him. âWeâre asking our friends to risk their lives, to possibly die. As if that isnât bad enough, weâll have to live with the consequences if this works. Yes, we need to better our chances against Varan, but what happens when this is over? If even one of us decides to play gods the way the bobasu haveââ
His eyes widen the longer I talk, the words pouring out in a rush I canât seem to stop.
âWe can kill most immortals, sure, but we already know it doesnât work on everyone. If weâre right about why Zonna survived, it wonât work on any other hishingu, either. And people change, Tessen, and not always for the better. If we give someone the potential for centuries, they might not willingly give up that chance. I know we have to fight, but we canât ignore how what we do today could impact the next hundred or thousand years.â
Sighing, he squeezes his eyes shut and rubs his temples. âI remember when the biggest problem in my life was convincing you not to hate me. Never thought Iâd miss that.â
âI never hated you.â I ease closer to him, resting my hand on his hip. He startles, but relaxes as I brush my other hand over his shaggy curls, and his gray eyes soften when they meet mine. âI envied you, Tessen, and I wanted to be better than you, but I never hated you.â
Thereâs very little he could ever do to make me hate him.
Other Books in the Series:
In Khyaâs world, every breath is a battle.
On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.
But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khyaâs home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world sheâs never seen.
To save her brotherâs life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the runâa betrayal and a death sentence.
The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varanâthe immortal ruler who canât be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.
Khyaâs leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varanâs secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything elseâbreaking the spell that holds her brother captive and jeopardizing her deepening relationship with Tessen, the boy who has been by turns her rival and refuge since her brother disappeared. Immortality itself might be her only answer, but if thatâs where Khya has to go, she canât ask Tessen or her friends to follow.
Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.
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