"Abundant magic + The Plane of Fire + The City of Brass + Forgotten Realms shared world = one happy reader." --Fantasy Book Spot
Aliisza and Kaanyr Vhok have returned from their attempted invasion of Menzoberranzan and set their sights on Sundabar. But before she can complete a mission in that besieged city, Aliisza is betrayed, tricked, and trapped -- by an angel -- in the one place a demon would never want to go, no matter how sure she is of her wits and cunning: the very heart of Celestia.
No one is born evil, and everyone can learn to be good. Tauran, an angel of the god of justice who dwells in Celestia, is sure of it. He is also sure he has found a way to prove it. If he can raise a child born of a demon to be good, that should prove that evil is not inborn. If he can redeem a demon who has done acts of absolute evil, that should prove that good can be learned -- even by someone evil. With Aliisza, Tauran sees a chance to prove both.
But it was not chance that Tauran ran across Aliisza just when he needed a subject. Schemes deeper and deadlier than Tauran or Aliisza can imagine are brewing -- and if they come to fruition, they threaten to shake the Forgotten Realms world to its core.
The Forgotten Realms is a world of unbelievable good and incredible evil, graced with righteous angels and vile demons alike. But even the darkest depths of the Abyss and the shining pinnacles of the heavens have their shades of gray. And sometimes, when the stakes are high enough, even a demon can find common cause with an angel. The Empyrean Odyssey continues in The Fractured Sky.
Thomas M. Reid's lifelong dream was to be a professional couch flopper, but those plans were dashed when his father announced that he was "no longer on the payroll" after he graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in swing-set construction (also known as a BA in History). Thomas was instead forced into a nomadic lifestyle, gathering berries and catching fish with his bare hands in such places as Indiana, Wisconsin, and Washington State. Today, Thomas pretends to be a freelance author and editor in the Texas Hill Country, living on a quarter-acre cat ranch along with his beautiful (and patient) wife Teresa and their three boys, Aidan, Galen, and Quinton. To his great delight, he has rediscovered the joys of the couch when he's supposed to be working.