The #1 New York Times bestselling author?s spellbinding debut novel? now available in trade paperback for the first time.
Author of the hugely popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, Laurell K. Hamilton has brought the supernatural to light?and has given readers a vision of a world aflame with electrifying suspense and violent passions. In this, her debut novel, her rich imagination spreads its wings to fly?in a tale of a woman known as sorcerer, prophet, and enchantress.
The mark of a demon can open the door to undreamed-of powers and possibilities?or expose a soul to the darkest and most forbidden forces of sorcery. Now Keleios wears the mark?and the time of avenging her mother?s death is at hand.
Keleios the Half-Elf was but five years old when she saw her mother murdered by the evil witch Harque. For years she has asked the gods for the strength she’ll need to avenge this foul death, and it seems the gods have answered her. She’s been granted an array of powers never before seen in one person, but she has also acquired a most terrifying burden, a demonmark. This mark can open the door to undreamed abilities, but it can also open her soul to the forbidden dark side of magic. Keleios must choose between the demonmark’s tainted power and the lives of those she holds most dear.
In an epic battle of good versus evil, of enchanted swords and shapeshifting dragons, of unquenchable hatred and unlikely love, Keleios must face her own demons—before she can acquire the most important power of all: the power to forgive.