Secrets Kept by J. L. Mbewe
With a curse, she will build an army.
With the dagger, she will undo the last sacrifice.
But first the sorceress must find the secret keeper.
Torn from her homeland and thrust into a betrothal against her wishes, Ayianna learns her family has a deadly secret that now has her on the run. She joins forces with Kael, an embittered half-elf, and Saeed, an elderly High Guardian, to seek answers to her father’s death, the destruction of Dagmar, and the plains people’s bizarre behavior.
Ayianna discovers there is more at stake here than just her mother’s disappearance and her familial duty to her betrothed. The sorceress has cursed the plains people, and it is a race against time to release them before the sorceress resurrects an ancient evil.
What others are saying
“I was left breathless while reading this spellbinding story. The characters seeped into my heart, and I found myself enthralled by them. Their journey is not one for the faint of heart. It is one filled with raw emotion, individual transformation, and life-shattering revelations. I am eager to see where their trek leads to next.” -Elizabeth Olmedo at FictionAddict
“There is one thing in this book that is utterly excellent and unique. It’s not the characters, although I loved and understood all of them. It’s not the plot, although it kept me engaged the whole time. It’s the world-building. It is delicious. The world of Nalu has a whole mess of gods, species, and cultures. Each is thorough, well-crafted, and very believable fantasy, and that makes me happy. Even the subtle differences in names, appearances, and customs came across as refined and thoughtful.” -Allison (via Goodreads)