In 1636, the last blood sorceress was burned at the stake. More than two hundred years later, her blood servant Jax has found her successor. Amanusa at first turns down the opportunity to learn what she perceives as an evil art, but she craves justice.
When Amanusa looses magic on those who've harmed her, she must flee for her life across a devastated Europe with Jax, who is inescapably bound to her by blood and magic. Their journey takes them through zones where everything – including magic – has died. Zones populated with strange creatures cobbled together from things left behind by the dead.
Needing each other for their very survival, Amanusa and Jax grow ever closer on their journey to discover answers – about magic, blood sorcery, the dead zones, and even love.
Gail Dayton wrote her first story at the tender age of nine, and she's been writing ever since. She was a RITA finalist in 2002 for Best First Book, and won a Prism award for Best Fantasy with The Barbed Rose in 2007. She lives with her husband of thirty-something years on the Texas Gulf coast where she is working up to riding past 45th Street on her brand-new red Schwinn.