Author(s): Tony Shillitoe
The second book in a fabulous trilogy of power and violence, love and hatred, slavery and the call to freedom. Shana is sent to the marble mines of Ashua. She is the top gladiator in Vechwer but has angered too many influential people. Eventually escaping, she raises an army against those who feed her people to the dragons. Sukaal Veskesh, an Ashuak provincial governor and military leader who is trying to bring reform to relations between the Jaru and the Ashuak, is nearly defeated by Shana's band. Sukaal's moderate stance is obliterated when he is posted elsewhere, and his replacement institutes the cruel and violent rule that had been in place before Sukaal came ucifixion is a new and even harsher punishment for the Jaru people. And the dragon priests of Ashua are looking after their own intereststhey believe Alwyn is the key to finding the Genesis Stone, the stone the priests have promised to recover from the Alfwyn for the dragons. And time is running out for them all...
2003. A very good copy.