A FADING SUN will be released on July 4, 2017, and is set in a faux first century Britain, and is the first book in a two-part "duology" that will be followed by A RISING MOON.
When Sheila (my editor) asked me to come up with some cover copy for the book, here's what I gave her:
In the south of the large island where Voada lives, her people —the Cateni—have been largely subdued by the Mundoa, who belong to an empire on the southern mainland whose armies have pushed northward onto Voads's island. The Mundoan culture and religion have, now three or four generations since their initial appearance, largely subsumed those of the tribes in the southern part of the island.
As a result, the magic inherent in this world has also waned drastically. Feats of spell-casting that were possible even a few generations back are no longer able to be performed by the Cateni who live under the yoke of the Mundoa.
With the growth of Mundoan influence, belief in the Cateni gods and their old way of life is dying, and so is the magic that was once possible through them. The old gods have largely gone silent, except (rumors say) in lost pockets in the rugged north where the Mundoa haven’t yet penetrated. In the same manner, the gods of the Mundoa don’t appear to be present in this land, despite the claims of the Mundoan priests: Voada sees no evidence of the magic their priests can supposedly wield.
That is when the strange ghost appears in the temple in Pencraig, the village where Voada lives: an appearance that will ultimately bring grief and despair to Voada...
And here's our first review, from Publisher's Weekly: "Leigh’s complex and substantial fantasy series opener adds elaborate spellcasting and powerful sorcerers to the legend of Celtic warrior queen Boudica repelling the Romans. The war machine Mundoa conquered Albann, home of the spiritual Cateni people. Generations later, Cateni Voada Paorach lives a comfortable life as the wife of the tax collector, but she’s secretly a draoi, or magic user. After Voada publicly guides the spirit of her husband to the afterlife, she is vilified by Mundoan governor Maki Kadir, beaten, and left for dead, and her children are sold into slavery. She vows to eradicate Mundoa from Albann and free her people. Voada sets off on an epic adventure to cultivate the power she draws from draoi ancestors, battling both the Mundoan forces and a spirit that’s trying to consume her. Leigh (The Atonement Tango) skillfully weaves together a comprehensive and rich mythology, intricate fight sequences, and a mother’s all-consuming revenge. The story holds few surprises, but the engaging characters will draw in readers."
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