Saga of the Skolian Empire
Lost Continent series (aka Aronsdale)
The Night Bird
Enter into an exhilarating world of magic, beauty and political unrest with the tale of a battle between duty—and desire …The Night Bird is the next book in Catherine Asaro’s Lost Continent series.
Allegra’s beauty made her a captive...her power would set her free.
For centuries, the women of Aronsdale have lived freely among the green and misted valleys. In a society where women typically own most property and businesses, Allegra is preparing to take over the family dairy farm because she doesn't think her skills with magic will be strong enough to earn her a place in the Aronsdale court. But her life—and Aronsdale’s independence—is threatened when Jazid nomads invade, carrying Allegra into the desert as a prized trophy…or worse.
Her brave defiance earns her an unexpected ally. From the moment feared Jazid warrior Markus Onyx sees the alluring beauty, he knows he has found his queen.
But even the promise of love cannot quell Allegra’s determination to save her homeland. Summoning her powers, she casts herself north—out of passion’s grip—and into the dark heart of conflict….
from Luna Books, July 2008
"... this rousing adventure of forbidden love, daredevil exploits and magic will captivate readers..."
"a story marked with difficult choices, where the humanity of the protagonists shines through"
--Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times
"Asaro's latest installment in her fantasy romance series features her characteristically sensual prose and rich descriptions. A good addition to fantasy and romance collections."
--Jackie Cassada, Library Journal