She came to protect a people, but she needs to preserve a world.
Kyndra has saved and damned the people of Mariar. Her starborn powers healed a land in turmoil, but destroyed an ancient magic – which once concealed them from invaders. Now Kyndra must head into enemy territory to secure peace.
She finds the Sartyan Empire, unstable but as warlike as ever. It’s plagued by dissident factions, yet its emperor still has the strength to crush her homeland. The Khronostians, assassins who dance through time, could help Kyndra; or they might be her undoing. And deep within the desert, Char Lesko struggles to control his own emerging powers. He’s been raised by a mercenary whose secrets could change everything – including the future and the past.
But when Kyndra and Char meet, will their goals align? Kyndra must harness the full glory of the stars and Char has to channel his rage, or two continents will be lost.
What they’re saying
Kyndra reminds me of a cold-blooded version of Garth Nix’s wonderful Sabriel…and Hounsom does a fantastic job of showing the burden and limitations of immense gifts. Heartland ups the ante considerably from Starborn and is thoroughly recommended.
VIC JAMES, AUTHOR OF GILDED CAGE (THE DARK GIFTS SERIES)
The warmth of Hounsom’s writing, and the clarity with which she presents details of her world pull the reader into the story, uncovering layer after layer of plot and character until you can’t wait to find out what happens next.
PAIGE L. CHRISTIE, AUTHOR OF DRAIGON WEATHER
This series has really sucked me in with the rich world building and writing and the intricate plot. Not to mention the interesting characters that populate the book and all the other little touches that really hook you in! Every time I think I’ve figured out what’s going on, I’m completely blown away.
If you’re looking for a refreshingly wonderful fantasy novel with a fantastic female protagonist, then add this whole series to your shelves!