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Caymin and Peist, the young dragonmage and dragon who helped to end the last dragon war, have returned from that conflict longing only for peace. But peace is not to be found. Eire is on the brink of being torn asunder as Christians battle pagans, raiders from the north attack the coast, and their enemies-the power-hungry dragonmage and dragon they fought in the otherworld-have escaped from their prison. Caymin and Peist are the only ones who can thwart them but, in order to do so, they'll have to do the unthinkable-bring all of the dragons and their mages back to this realm. The dragons can only be summoned and controlled by one who holds the Mearogfola-the Bloodstone. The problem is, the Bloodstone hasn't been seen since it was stolen a thousand winters ago. In a race through time, Caymin and Peist will have to go back through the Portal, back a thousand winters, back to set in motion everything that must unfold as it was meant to. Finding the Mearogfola is only the beginning of their challenges. Old factions among the dragons make them as difficult to control as the human clans. Destroying the Bloodstone is the only way to end this once and for all, but there are those who will do anything, anything, to get their hands on it.
Caren was raised in Ohio, the oldest of four children. Much of her childhood was spent reading every book she could get her hands on, and crafting her own stories. She was influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather, and the Bronte sisters. She has lived in Virginia for over twenty-five years where she practices physical therapy, teaches anatomy and lives with her partner and their canine fur-children. She began writing creatively again several years ago. Her first novel, Looking Through Windows, won a Debut Author award from the Golden Crown Literary Society in 2009. Since then, she has published several more novels, winning multiple Rainbow Awards and a 2014 GCLS Award for In This Small Spot. Her last release, The Standing Stones: The Chronicles of Caymin, is the third volume in The Dragonmage Saga.