In The Steel Road (The Ardent Halo, Book I) by Edie James, a crossling named Dreyah (half elf-half human), was murdered for the power in her blood. Read it now on Amazon while it’s free today!
The Steel Road (The Ardent Halo Book 1) by Edie James
Sundered for a reason, the world is two-sided. But mankind defied the sanctions, conjuring a passage from the Old World through the equatorial ring of flames and inhabiting the elven hemisphere. As this invasive species disseminates, conflict ensues, centuries pass, and an industrial revolution begins.
Now, reparations must be made.
A human-elf hybrid is murdered to spark a cleansing fire but is denied passage to the heavens. Instead, Dreyah is reborn headstrong and impetuous but more so than any other teenager, is uncertain about her place in the world. Seeking revenge for her murder, Dreyah traverses Udia, a realm that was devastated by an old war between her two peoples, and the circumstances highlight her greatest dilemma; she must choose a side in the coming days.
Years ago, Cambria’s king gave Kennason to a foreign prince as a gesture of peace between their two realms. But after the death of her second husband and a marriage of mutual distaste, Kennason abandons the Andanes and returns to her homeland where magic is not tolerated but steam and pistons charm the masses. Reunited with family and in the solace of an emerging romance, she grasps contentment, but when she is abducted by renegade wizards, painful family secrets reveal there was more to Kennason’s banishment than a simple gift.
When Old World monsters begin menacing Cambria, this exiled queen and murdered teen find their parallel tracks are bound together by history, prejudice, betrayal, and blood as they race to uncover old truths in the first installment of The Ardent Halo story.
Editorial Review for Book 1 of the Ardent Halo series:
Reviewed By Lit Amri for Readers’ Favorite
In The Steel Road (The Ardent Halo, Book I) by Edie James, a crossling named Dreyah (half elf-half human), was murdered for the power in her blood. Yet she is reborn, seeking both her and her mother’s murderer, and trying to find a way to stop prophetic deadly flames caused by her own death. Kennason, the foreign queen of Andanes, returns to her homeland of Cambria to heal her loneliness and seek comfort at her family’s home after the death of her second husband. When her ability of sorcery is discovered, she must protect her loved ones from the prejudice towards magic. Fate and blood connect Dreyah and Kennason as danger from the Old World looms over the land.
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