Enter a new world of magic and manipulation in this book that readers describe as a "raw, powerful" tale with "adventure, intrigue," and "moments of brilliant light."
"A beautiful story of redemption, healing, and hope."
-Dawn Hosmer, author of Bits and Pieces
“You belong to me. You’ll regret ever thinking you could get away.”
Fifteen-year-old Kari is the oldest of ten children. When their father abandons them and their mother dies, Kari must care for them all. Overwhelmed, she flees to a nearby city.
Desperation and hunger drive Kari to the only work available—at a brothel run by Roza and Yolin, a cruel madam and her husband. There, Kari forges bonds with another woman and a young handyman. But friendship and fine dresses can’t veil the despair of her grim new life.
Knowing Yolin’s savagery toward runaways, Kari doesn’t dare escape—until an unexpected pregnancy compels her to try. She hides in the forest, where a mysterious magical force shields her from Yolin’s pursuit.
When she’s most vulnerable, Kari’s supernatural protection disappears. Yolin attacks, and she must fight for her life, her dignity, and her child.
But Roza and Yolin are ruthless manipulators. And all Kari’s furious strength may not be enough to defeat them.
Whether you’re new to the Sun-Blessed Trilogy or an existing fan, this prequel will captivate your imagination from the first page. Kari’s story is a breathtaking tale of unstoppable women and unforgettable magic.
How does Birth of Magic fit into the rest of the Sun-Blessed Trilogy?
Birth of Magic is a prequel to the Sun-Blessed Trilogy, and it can be read before or after the other books. It’s a novella, which means it’s shorter than a typical novel, about one-third the length of Facing the Sun.
What audiences is the series appropriate for?
This series is clean fantasy. It’s free of cursing, sex scenes, and gory violence. Birth of Magic, however, has some content that is more mature than the trilogy, with non-explicit descriptions of life in a brothel, as well as the physical ramifications of childbirth. My goal was to deal honestly with the emotional fallout from such difficult life experiences without including explicit content. I consider this novella to be appropriate for ages fourteen and up.
- Facing the Sun, Facing the Gray, and Facing the Fire should be read in order.
- Birth of Magic is a prequel novella that may be read before or after the main trilogy.