From the critically acclaimed author Pamela Freeman comes a new stand-alone tale of loss, fear and desire.
Two peoples have been fighting over the same land for a thousand years. Invaders crushed the original inhabitants, and ancient powers have reluctantly given way to newer magics. But Ember was to change all this with a wedding to bind these warring people together - until her future goes up in flames.
Ember s husband-to-be is murdered by a vengeful elemental god, who sees peace as a breach of faith. Set on retribution, she enlists the help of Ash, son of a seer. Together they will pit themselves against elementals of fire and ice in a last attempt to end the conflicts that have scarred their past.
They must look to the present, as old furies are waking to violence and are eager to reclaim their people.
Freeman shows her mastery of her craft - aurealisXpress
An impressively different fantasy novel - Sydney Morning Herald
The Castings Trilogy comes highly recommended especially for those looking for something different and thought provoking from their fantasy literature - Radio National s Book Show
a satisfying diversion from formula-based fantasy. - Adelaide Advertiser
Blood Ties has the feel of Ursula le Guin s fantasy novels if you are weary of sword battles with sorcerers and intrigued by dark motivations, this is a wonderfully satisfying series to read. - aurealisXpress
Pamela Freeman (Author)
Pamela Freeman is an award-winning author for adults and children. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. Her historical novel THE BLACK DRESS won the NSW Premier's History Prize in 2006 and her non-fiction book DESERT LAKE: THE STORY OF KATI THANDA-LAKE EYRE, illustrated by Liz Anelli, was shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature, and was a Notable Book in two categories in the 2017 Children's Book Council of Australia Book Awards. Pamela lives in Sydney with her husband and their son, and teaches at the Australian Writers' Centre.
Sophie Beer (Illustrator)
Sophie Beer is an award-winning illustrator living in Brisbane. Sophie adores creating bright, fun designs with generous helpings of narrative and is particularly interested in children's illustration. Revelling in colour, shape and texture, she lives by one simple rule: art should never be boring. Sophie was the winner of the 2016 SCBWI Penguin/Random House Portfolio award.