A world where everyone is a shapechanger and the beast gods rule from the frozen north to the hot lands of the river. Manye is the daughter of the Tiger and the Wolf, warring tribes determined to exterminate one another. Unable to choose between them, facing madness as her two souls fight, she flees her father and her people into the wilderness. Her hectic career, from madness to greatness, puts her in the front line when the ancient enemy of all her people arrives to unmake everything they are.
An entirely independent series, there are some easter eggs within it for those who’ve read Shadows of the Apt and the novella For Love of Distant Shores.
Further language translations of this trilogy are expected between 2022-2024
This is a 3-book Series - Heroic Fantasy
This series also available in Spanish (Alamut Bibliópolis SLU)
Find Adrian as @Aptshadow on Bluesky and Threads
In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is coming.
Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger, and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution.
The Wolf chieftan plots to rule the north, and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear, too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It's a season for omens as priests foresee danger and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. A time of testing and broken laws is near, but what spark will set the world ablaze?
As the south is in turmoil, an old terror emerges in the north....
Maniye, child of both Wolf and Tiger clans, has been named Champion of her people. But they're unsure if she's an asset - or a threat. To buy time, she joins Prince Tecuman's warband of outcasts and heads south, to help him gain his crown. She wants to discover her true place in the world but instead heads into the jaws of a fierce new conflict.
Civil war threatens as Tecuman and his twin sister battle for the throne, for only one can rule. Yet whoever triumphs will carry a heavy burden, as a great doom has been foreseen that will fall across their whole world. And soon Maniye finds herself at the heart of a political storm.
Danger is also shadowing her old home, where Lord Thunder and his bear clan are attempting to unite the northern tribes. But only extreme peril will end age-old rivalries. An adversary from the most ancient of times is preparing to strike, putting their lands and their very souls in danger. And neither north nor south will be spared the terror to come.
From the depths of the darkest myths, the soulless Plague People have returned.
Their pale-walled camps obliterate villages, just as the terror they bring with them destroys minds. In their wake, nothing is left of the true people: not their places, not their ways. The Plague People will remake the world as though they had never been.
The heroes and leaders of the true people - Maniye, Loud Thunder, Hesprec and Asman - will each fight the Plague People in their own ways. They will seek allies, gather armies and lead the charge. But a thousand swords or ten thousand spears will not suffice to turn back this enemy. The end is at hand for everything the true people know.