By Tanith Lee
(Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781585672073, 335pp.)
Publication Date: October 2003
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Horrible screams pierce the night air as the Daystar, Queen Hesta of Akhemony, wrestles with the delivery of the King's child, beautifully formed except for one heartbreaking deformity-she is born without feet. Consigned immediately to the world of death, the lame infant is dispatched to Thon, the underworld temple, and baptized Cemira, "snake," the name she will bear throughout a lifetime of darkness. It is only at the behest of Urdombis, the Sun Consort, that the child is restored to her rightful place as heir to the throne of Oceaxis. Recounting a deadly battle for power, pitting the forces of man against the supernatural, her story is one that will captivate, shock, and terrify.