The Land of Burning Sands

by Rachel Neumeier
Release date: May 21, 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy

Long bound under a geas of slavery, Gereint Enseichen of Casmantium knows little and cares less about the recent war in which his king tried to use griffins and fire to wrest territory from the neighboring country of Feierabiand... but he knows that Casmantium’s unexpected defeat offers him a chance to escape from his own servitude. A gifted maker, Gereint is certain he can forge a bright future for himself, if only he can avoid falling back under the compulsion of the geas.

Far from the griffins’ country of fire, in the capital city of Casmantium, Tehre Amnachudran knows little and cares less about the recent war. A brilliant maker and builder, she is far more concerned with trying to work out the mathematical philosophy underlying the construction of stone walls and iron bridges.

But now that the griffins find themselves in a position of strength, they are not inclined to forgive the king’s attempt to use them as pawns to further his own human ambitions, and now the entire kingdom of Casmantium finds itself in deadly peril. Willing or not, both Gereint and Tehre find themselves caught up in a desperate struggle between the griffins and the last remaining Casmantian mage. But though necessity may bind more tightly than any geas, even the strongest gifts of making and building may not prove sufficient when the fiery wind of the griffins begins to bury the life of Casmantium beneath the burning sands...

(updated 2016-09-10)

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