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About Melissa McShane
Melissa McShane is the author of the Extraordinaries series, beginning with BURNING BRIGHT, and the novels of Tremontane, SERVANT OF THE CROWN, RIDER OF THE CROWN, and AGENT OF THE CROWN. Her love of reading has been a constant in her life and she still remembers the places she lived by the books she was reading there: the Riddle-Master trilogy in New York, the Foundation series in Colorado, Howl's Moving Castle in Texas, Crown Duel in Utah. That love of reading stayed with her after she settled with her family in Utah and grew into a love of writing, first critical essays and reviews, then fiction. Her family includes her husband (a long-suffering man willing to let ideas bounce off him at speed), four children (also long-suffering and happy to live off macaroni and cheese while Mom writes) and three very needy cats, one of whom is so dumb he frequently runs into walls.
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The stunning conclusion to THE LAST ORACLE series!
Helena has come far from the day she became custodian of Abernathy’s, the world’s only living oracle. Now, she faces her greatest challenge yet: the oracle’s prediction that it, and she, will end.
As monstrous invaders strike city after city, leaving death and destruction behind, the Wardens scramble to defend humanity. Weakened by infighting, they turn to Abernathy’s for guidance and strength. But the oracle’s cryptic guidance may no longer be enough.
With time running out, and her allies falling one after another, Helena faces the terrifying possibility that saving the world will mean her death.
But as the battle approaches, Abernathy’s has other plans. The oracle directs Helena to contact four ordinary people with extraordinary talents whose abilities will change the course of the war. Convincing them to join the fight challenges Helena’s persuasive powers to the extreme. If she fails, it will mean the deaths of thousands—including those Helena loves most.
Then the attacks begin.
As the enemy magi known as the Mercy wreak havoc on Warden strongholds, Helena and the oracular bookstore Abernathy’s play their role in guiding the Wardens. But the oracle knows a deadly secret, one Helena struggles to interpret while the enemy draws nearer. And the one question she needs the answer to is the one question the oracle will not answer:
Who are the weavers?
As Helena prepares for the Conference of Neutralities, reports of familiars breaking their bonds to attack and kill their masters raise tensions between the factions to an unprecedented high. Faced with the challenge of keeping her relationship with Malcolm Campbell secret from more than a hundred of her fellow custodians, Helena must also protect herself from rogue familiars—and they’re closer than she thinks.
Helena Davies knows all about keeping secrets.
Now her secrets will come to light.
Helena’s encounter with a terrible creature whose kind are
bent on destroying the world revealed a terrible truth: a cabal of rogue humans
works with those monsters, intent on gaining power. Charged to remain silent
while her superiors prepare to attack the traitors, Helena fears trusting her
friends, her colleagues, even her secret lover Malcolm Campbell. Any of them
might betray her.
When an unexpected attack by the hidden enemy devastates
magi around the world, it draws Helena deeper into the web of conspiracy. With
Malcolm suffering his own loss, and friends betraying friends, Helena confronts
the reality that no secret can last forever.
Abernathy’s is the world’s only living oracle, and Helena is now its custodian. Without any training, she must navigate her new world and find a place for herself within it. But there’s still a murderer on the loose—and Helena might be next on his list.
Armed only with a few special talents and her desire to protect her magical charge, and with the assistance of her best friend Viv, her reluctant assistant Judy, and the enigmatic and handsome Malcolm Campbell, Helena navigates the treacherous depths of the magical world, where secret enemies lurk behind illusions capable of fooling even the most powerful of magical entities. Helena is the only one who can see past those illusions, but will her abilities prove strong enough to save the oracle?
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As the ecclesiasts’ demands increase, the resulting conflict tests human and dragon faith to the limit. With their own friendship at stake, Lamprophyre and Rokshan must prevent a religious war that will end the dragon-human alliance and see human cities in flames.
The dragon Lamprophyre prefers poetry to politics and would rather fly than hunt. But when humans intrude on dragon territory for the first time in centuries, only Lamprophyre wants to know why. Her search leads her to meet the human Prince Rokshan—and ends with her mother, the dragon queen, appointing her ambassador to the humans of Gonjiri.
Alone in the humans’ capital city, with Rokshan her only friend, Lamprophyre learns quickly that not all humans can be trusted. Some want dragons gone from Gonjiri. Others want to use them in political intrigue. And a few want all dragons dead. Unless Lamprophyre discovers the culprits behind all these plots, the first contact between humans and dragons will end in war.