Twins Shaan and Tallis have managed to escape from Azoth, but the lands of Saranthium are still under threat from the fallen god. He has enslaved the people of the Wild Lands and built an army led by hybrid human-serpent warriors he has created with the Birthstone.
Meanwhile, the city of Salmut is in turmoil, as the Council of Nine is determined to wage war on the Free Lands, ignoring the menace posed by Azoth. Shaan and Tallis must try to convince the people to unite against him, but each faces a battle of their own - Tallis to control the mighty power within him, and Shaan to resist the pull of Azoth, who reaches out to her in her dreams.
But there is an even greater peril. The Four Lost Gods have awoken and seek to recover the Birthstone and exert their terrible control over the people of Saranthium once more. Challenged from all sides, Shaan and Tallis fight against the odds, but victory may only be possible through a devastating act of betrayal…
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Lara Morgan has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and loves to travel almost as much as she loves to read. In between her day job and trips to Bermuda and Borneo, she began writing her fantasy trilogy, The Twins of Saranthium. In 2004 she won the Australian Women's Weekly Short Story competition and in 2005 had a short story published in Girl's Night In 4 under the name Lara Martin. Lara is currently working on the third book in The Twins of Saranthium trilogy and lives in a seaside town in Western Australia.