The Fire ChildrenLauren M. Roy
fantasy, young adult
Two children escape the darkness of their underground dwellings, to find adventure, magic and terrible danger await anyone who ventures above ground.
Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children explore their world. It's death to even look upon them, the stories say.
Despite the warnings, Yulla gives in to her curiosity and ventures to the surface. There she witnesses the Witch Women - who rumors say worship dead Father Sea, rather than Mother Sun - capturing one of the Children and hauling her away. Yulla isn't the only one who saw the kidnapping; Ember, the last of the Fire Children, reveals himself to Yulla and implores her to help.
Trapped up above and hunted by the witches and the desert wind, Yulla and Ember must find a way free his siblings and put a stop to the Witch Womens' plans, before they can use the Fire Children to bind Mother Sun herself.
Lauren M. Roy started out as an independent bookseller, moved on to Hachette Book group (where she has been a Telephone Sales representative for ten years), and is now completing her bookselling hat trick as an author.
She has done some freelance writing for tabletop roleplaying games, including Dragon Age, Trail of Cthulhu, and A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.
Lauren lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband, their cats, and the ghosts of houseplants she forgets to water. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise, the SF/F writers' workshop. Night Owls is her first novel.
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