After her family’s California home is destroyed by a wildfire, seventeen-year-old Julia moves in with her grandmother, a foreign-born woman with a heavy accent and hidden past. When by chance she comes across an enchanted necklace in the bottom of an old trunk, the magical artifact transports Julia to Aevilen, a war-torn land from which her grandmother had escaped a half-century prior. Aevilen is far different from California, with sweeping landscapes and exotic creatures. As Julia searches for a way home, she discovers an ancient family legacy that if fulfilled could bring an end to the troubles gripping this mystical land. With a chance to make things right, Julia must choose between the home she loves and her ancestors' promise to the people of Aevilen - a promise she has yet to understand.
D.C. Payson is a biotech entrepreneur who chases down exciting new therapeutics for Parkinson’s disease by day, and builds expansive fantasy universes by night. Inspired to write by the birth of his son, Henry, D.C. began working on the Lost series in 2012, basing it loosely on real-life events in his wife’s life. When not working or writing, D.C. enjoys spending time with his family in New York, playing video games or badminton with his kids, and relishing the affection of his furry companion/sidekick, Freya the Mini-Schnauzer.