|About the Book|
When a young acolyte is framed by his superior for stealing a holy chalice, he is forced to team up with the very thief who stole the relic in the first place. Together they must unravel the chalices prophetic powers while simultaneously uncoveringMoreWhen a young acolyte is framed by his superior for stealing a holy chalice, he is forced to team up with the very thief who stole the relic in the first place. Together they must unravel the chalices prophetic powers while simultaneously uncovering the shameful sins of their mentors pasts. The journey will take them out of the City of Reason and across the magical sea that bars passage between island realms. An intricate world awaits, with exotic cultures, monolithic metropolises, sinister empires, ancient ruins, and a church that spans the seas.On their quest, the acolyte and thief join several companions with mysteriously intertwined pasts: the half-yaksa bargeman and shapeshifting flesh-crafter with the knowledge to cross the uncrossable sea- the fire-haired shaman, more a force of nature than a friend- and the exotic warrior-bartender with secrets behind his scars that even he doesnt comprehend. Each of these figures brings new pieces of an ever-expanding puzzle that binds them with ties from others pasts. Their combined skills and knowledge mesh as though they had been groomed together, allowing them to conquer challenges that none alone could have overcome.The layered machinations of their enemies—and their friends—force the motley band to cooperate in ways none of them ever has before. As they atone for the mistakes of others pasts, the companions must execute and endure heists, chases through primordial jungles, capture by fell forces, infiltration of heretical cults, and plenty of running from angry hordes—oh, the running from angry hordes! They utilize their skills with thievery, flesh-crafting, divination, and other supernatural manipulations to navigate the barge Shadowborne through the murky politics of a world isolated by a vast expanse of the nigh-uncrossable sarga—and by equally divisive cultural rifts.Yet with each question answered, each riddle solved, a new puzzle is revealed and a new enemy uncovered. Unraveling the secrets behind the world of Vasu-loka will push Kel and her friends to the limits of their resourcefulness and wits.Secret of the Yaksa is inspired by cultural traditions other than the typical Western European fairy tale. Indian predominates, drawing on mythology of the chthonic yaksa, the ophidian nagha and the simian vanara among others, rather than the elves, gnomes and dwarves so prevalent in the genre. In tone it is cinematic and character driven- think Indiana Jones meets Firefly, in a world of isolated realms governed by strange laws of nature and physics.