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The dying seer’s words spell doom for Irenya. 




If she stays in Dar Orien to save their way of life, she might never see her infant son again. 


Hopelessly lost in the desert of Midrash, Irenya faces the legendary griffin and, without fanfare, a new seer is silently declared. An act of revenge delivers Irenya the knowledge she needs, but her return to Melbourne is tragically far from anything she had imagined. 


An alien in her own world, she must decide her fate and that of her son Mikey. Out of time and place, Irenya braves new challenges and meets a fleetwalker, who teaches her something of his art. 


But civil unrest turns to outright conflict. 


Dar Orien is on a knife edge, and Irenya gives herself permission for a dangerous undertaking.

About The Author

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Judith Michael writes under the name of J Victoria Michael.   


A story-teller, fascinated with other dimensions, time travel and unexpected, remarkable talents, long novels with speculative elements are her favourites, stories that take her to strange places and keep her turning the pages late at night. 


Judith has a passion for classical music and beautiful movement, from ballet to belly-dancing. As a child she made up stories told in dance, wearing out the toes of her shoes to the vexation of her parents. Later, she discovered the joy of story-telling in words. 


Music is her constant muse.  


Proud to be both a New Zealand and Australian writer, she lives in Melbourne with her bossy cat. Influenced by both countries, and time spent living among the flamenco gypsies of Andalusia, as well as communing with mediaeval spirits in France, her worlds have emotive and rich landscapes to explore.

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