Only she knows the truth that can save herÂ people. Like all Taakwa, Malia fears the fierce winged creatures known as Jeguduns who live in the cliffs surrounding her valley. When the river dries up and Malia is forced to scavenge farther from the village than normal, she discovers a Jegudun, injured and in need of help. Maliaâ€™s existence–her status as clan mother in training, her marriage, her very life in the village–is threatened by her choice to befriend the Jegudun. But sheâ€™s the only Taakwa who knows the truth: that the threat to her people is much bigger and much more malicious than the Jeguduns whoâ€™ve lived alongside them for decades. Lurking on the edge of the valley is an Outsider army seeking to plunder and destroy the Taakwa, and itâ€™s only a matter of time before the Outsiders find a way through the magic that protects the valley–a magic that can only be created by Taakwa and Jeguduns working together.
As previously announced,Â Rolandâ€™s new short story collection,Â The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories, including a tie-in toShards of History, will be released in digital edition onÂ Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
An exiled man returns to his family and the life he left behind. A king is determined to avenge his people. A man doomed to die gives his wife her greatest wish. A suspected affair leads to a shocking and wondrous surprise. Roland works her magic again in this four-story collection of eerie and enchanting works, including Rasmusâ€™s story from afterÂ Shards of History.
Rebecca RolandÂ lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she writes primarily fantasy and horror. Her short fiction has appeared inÂ Everyday Fiction, Uncle Johnâ€™s Flush FictionÂ and inÂ Stupefying Stories, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When sheâ€™s not writing, sheâ€™s usually spending time with her family, torturing patients as a physical therapist, or eating way too much chocolate. You can find her online atÂ Spice of Life, her blog, or follow her on TwitterÂ @rebecca_roland.