There is an ancient legend in the memories of the humans of Niwengeard, that a time will come when Darkness will fall upon the kingdoms of Earde and one will rise who threatens all species. It has been foretold that at this time, a Gifted human child possessing the powers of the magical races – the empyreals – will be born to lead a revolution against the Darkness. But this memory is hazy, like the memories of the beginning of time, of the Creators, of the First and Second Destructions, and even of the empyreal races who share the humans' world. So when a fairy named Raedan appears before fourteen-year-old Lisandra Ackart and tells her that the time of the Third Destruction has begun and that she is the Gifted One, she doesn't believe him.
When a series of strange events leaves her hundreds of miles from home, Lisandra is thrust unwillingly into the heart of an epic struggle that has spanned millennia, a conflict between the races of the Dark and the races of the Light. Now that struggle is nearing its end, and Lisandra must find the twenty-three Keepers of the ancient Prophecy, each of whom holds a single piece of the key to saving Earde from the Darkness. But first she must find a way to stop the Dark Queen, Lucifaera – who the Light Ones believe is behind the sudden disappearance of thousands of fairies – and her mysterious hexagonal charm.
Melaine Bryant knew she wanted to be a writer from the moment she learned how to hold a pencil. To the consternation of her teachers and parents, she preferred writing to paying attention in school, and spent many happy hours composing stories, books, and screenplays. She grew up immersed in The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, the stories of King Arthur, and many other fantasy books by authors such as John Christopher, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Lloyd Alexander.
Always an avid reader, Melaine has a background in English and classical literature and languages. She had intended to follow her father's footsteps to a Ph.D. in English Literature, but found that writing The Prophecy Keepers series was much more fun.