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Captain Vidarian Rulorats great-grandfather gave up an imperial commission to commit social catastrophe by marrying a fire priestess For love he unwittingly doomed his family to generations of a rare genetic disease that follows families who cross elemental boundaries Now Vidarian the last surviving member of the Rulorat family struggles to uphold his family legacy and finds himself chained to a task as a result of the bride price his great-grandfather paid The priestess Endera has called upon Vidarian to fulfill his familys obligation by transporting a young fire priestess named Ariadel to a water temple far to the south through dangerous pirate-controlled territory Vidarian finds himself at the intersection not only of the worlds most volatile elements but of the ancient and alien powers that lurk between them.

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Erin Hoffman

Erin Hoffman is a writer and video game designer from northern California. Born in San Diego, she began writing at a young age, and has designed video games reaching millions of players for Taldren Inc, 1st Playable Productions, HumaNature Studios, Dreamworks, and Zynga. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Electric Velocipede, Asimov's Science Fiction, and elsewhere. Sword of Fire and Sea: The Chaos Knight, Book One is her debut fantasy novel from Pyr Books. She is also an activist for the rights of game developers, with her essay "EA: The Human Story" covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and LA Times, and appearing in The Best Software Writing I, edited by Joel Spolsky. She serves on the board of the International Game Developers Association and lives with her husband, an unruly dachshund, and two cantankerous parrots in Richmond, California.

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