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book 1 in the talon duology



When soldier Leven was transformed into a Herald – a magical killing machine – her mind was wiped clean. But strange visions still show her glimpses of the ancient and mysterious island of Brittletain. Now with the war won and the Imperium satisfied, she wants to find out who she really is.


Envoy Kaeto has done a number of important little jobs for the Imperium, most of them nasty, all of them in the shadows. His newest assignment is to escort the bone-crafter Gynid Tyleigh as she travels across the Imperium. But Tyleigh’s ambition alarms even Kaeto, and her conviction that she has found a new source of Titan bones, buried deep in the earth, could lead to another, even bloodier war.


Ynis was raised by the griffins and has never seen another human face. She lives wild on Brittletain with her talon-sister, T’rook. By choosing not to kill Ynis when she was just a baby, the griffins may have doomed themselves – because the girl’s past is coming for her, and it carries a lethal blade.

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book 2 in the talon duology



The Othanim have conquered Brittletain. Their murderous leader, Icaraine, plans to feed Brittletain’s queens to her monstrous son. But total victory over the Othanim’s ancient enemy, the griffins, still eludes her. If Brittletain’s resistance can secure an alliance with the griffins, they may still stand a chance of defeating the Othanim.


Envoy Kaeto has returned to the Imperium, hiding Felldir and Belise in a ruined castle. He believes both his friends and his attempt to murder Gynid Tyleigh have escaped the Empress’s notice. Yet secrets are not so easy to keep in the Imperium. Kaeto will do anything to protect Felldir and Belise – and so finds himself en route to Brittletain as ambassador to the othanim.


Leven, Cillian, and Ynis have spent the last two years tracking Ynis’s griffin sister, T’rook, a prisoner of Gynid Tyleigh. But Ynis has secondary motives for pursuing Tyleigh. Meanwhile, Leven’s health is deteriorating, and Cillian – exiled and disgraced – is tormented by strange voices, who tell him of the return of the mythic Green Man to Brittletain. There is no hope for humanity in a world ruled by Icaraine. But the price of defeating her might be almost too heavy to bear.

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