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Imogen Howson, Author and Editor
winner in the young adult category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, 2014, and of the Elizabeth Goudge Award, 2008 and 2017
Back in print and ebook:
Book One in the series
Daughters of the Volcano
(revised and re-edited)
Her destiny is fire...and death.
A Girl of Stone & Smoke
Since seventeen-year-old Aera’s holy powers manifested three years ago, she has known nothing but the temple, the priests, and the long training to make her into a fire priestess.
Everything about her former life she has had to forget, even Corus, childhood friend and the boy with whom she was beginning to fall in love. Able to transform her body into molten rock, she is destined to serve the volcano god forever, as lava-shifter, priestess…and executioner.
Before she takes up her ordained role, she must face her final test. Execute a criminal sentenced to death for the most unforgivable of all sins: blasphemy.
But it’s no anonymous lawbreaker waiting chained at the centre of the labyrinth. It’s Corus, sentenced for the crime of being a gargoyle, a winged stone-shifter. A gift akin to hers…except his gift is unsanctioned by the temple, his powers proclaimed unholy.
If she refuses the test, she will betray her god and condemn her family to disgrace. To pass it, she must kill the boy she loves.
Content and Trigger Warnings
Brief reference to sexual assault.
Reference to death penalty.