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The Jade Star of Athering

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The gods demand blood, as Athering and Ixtepan stand pitched against each other in war. Dusty prophecies foretell the coming of one who will save Ixtepan and end the bloodshed: Sho-qoot-Bak. Who is she? And will she embrace her destiny before the world is ripped asunder?

Bellica Agate has spent her life seeking privacy--as much peace as a bellica's life can grant her. She has no desire to look beyond her roles as leader of the Thirteenth Regiment, protector of Athering, and spouse of a good man.

Yet old legends and prophecies haunt Agate's every step. The voice of a goddess whispers in her ear: You cannot escape what you were born to do. Once Athering is pitted against its southern neighbor, war threatens everything Agate has ever known. She must come face to face with her past to save the future.

Every step of the perilous journey moves Agate closer to the truth she's been running from, all her life: the gods demand blood. Hers.

365 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 24, 2014

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Katje van Loon

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Katje van Loon was raised surrounded by deep forests, wild wolves, witches, and books, with a warrior woman single mother to learn from. According to that mother, Katje's first poem was created when she was barely a toddler, and writing has been a huge part of her life since childhood.

It was probably only natural that Katje would grow up to write books about witches, wolves, and warrior women, as those things formed the basis of her formative years. Now if only she could find a magic spell to make writing go a bit faster for her....

Currently Katje is a wild witch trapped in the big city. Her dream is to drag her spouse off to a town small enough that everyone knows their names, and where the woods are so close she only needs take one half-step to disappear into them.

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November 21, 2015
I had a little trouble getting into this book and actually put it away for awhile. But once I picked it up again it only took a few days to finish. Right up until the end the pacing felt good, but it felt like it ended to abruptly. What happened to Anala, Lares, and Miranda? Did they survive their arrival back to Mt. Voco? Did the Castle survive the earthquake? Was Rosa successful? Did Ghia find the traitor in her staff? I was upset when Ghia lost her powers. Glad that Agate survived. Overall I found it a good read and highly recommend it.
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