It is said that at the violent end of the Second Age, when dark flames blazed on the horizon and the seas swelled, whipped up by icy winds, a creature named Urizen wielded a magical device of entrapment, a Charm with which he imprisoned the races of Earde, subjecting them to his laws and cruelty. But Urizen was overthrown, destroyed by his creator, along with the Charm itself. The races of Earde were freed and a new Age of peace was ushered in. Now, millennia later, the Darkness is once again spreading across Earde. As the gates by which the non-blinking magical races travel continue to close and the fairy races continue to disappear at a breathtaking pace, the Light Ones face a terrible truth: the Charm of Urizen was not destroyed; the Dark Queen Luciféra has found it, and it's making her stronger.
Lisandra Ackart, now fifteen, is presented with an impossible task. The Prophecy Piece she almost lost at Pharos has been deciphered and speaks of a Key that can release those imprisoned in the Charm. It can only be used by her, the Gifted One of ancient legend, and so, now reunited with her three companions, she sets out to find it. As the four friends transect the continents of their world, still searching for the Keepers of the ancient Prophecy, the urgency of Lisandra's burden increases. She must find the Key to the Charm of Urizen before any more races are taken, and she must use it to stop Luciféra.
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.