Ruthless Lord Soren will stop at nothing to reunite the feudal states of Menkara into a mighty kingdom, with himself as king. His most powerful weapon is the Bezrielite necromancer, William, who rejects his people’s sacred mystical traditions, and uses his sorcery to attain dominion over men and nature.
Opposing Soren and William is the liberation army, Free Bezriel, and its powerful young sorceress, Ariadne. As a child she was taught and joyfully embraced using her powers only for peace and healing. But when the future of her people is threatened, she finds a cause she is willing to fight and die for. She decides to put aside her pacifist principles and play a role in her people’s struggle for freedom. But her belief that all life is sacred plays havoc with her commitment to end oppression of her people.
Needless slaughter by Soren’s troops of many of her friends in the rebel army provoke Ariadne to use sorcery to exact a horrifying revenge. A remorseful Ariadne then ponders whether killing, even for a good cause, can ever be justified, and considers quitting Free Bezriel. Meanwhile Soren and William intensify their efforts to destroy the guerrillas.
John Sinisi is a lifelong believer in the power of fantasy as a way to explore the challenges of being human and humane in a difficult world. Born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, he is a graduate of Notre Dame and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was inspired by a number of great teachers and great books, from Don Quixote to The Lord of the Rings. He now lives in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, where he is surrounded and nurtured by a wonderful group of friends. In addition to the fantasy The Sorceress, he has written a mystery novel, Too Many Motives for Murder.