Magic sustains the sylvan land of Tobyn-Ser. For dozens of generations the hawk-mages and owl-mages known as the children of the Amarid have protected the people and the land through their magic and their bond with their avian familiars. But the decades-long peace was shattered by an incursion from the neighbouring land of Lon-Ser, a place where magic was forsaken in favour of technology. Crowded into polluted, sordid urban warrens, the millions of poor and underfed long for the unspoiled plains of Tobyn-Ser but the Children of Amarid stand in their way. The invasion begins. Meanwhile, a new sovereign rises to power in Lon-Ser who longs to turn her land from its destructive ways, only to find treachery and peril at every turn. Only an Eagle-Sage can bring harmony, and lead the two lands through the terrible times to come.
David B. Coe, winner of the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy or Fantasy Series for the LonTobyn Chronicle, is the author of "Rules of Ascension," the first Winds of the Forelands novel. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee with his wife and daughters.