A fantasy novel.
A millennium ago, Omos of the Ether chained his only living child to an island whose culture viewed the boy as a gift of divine protection...and convenient slave labour. Intana is now free, but he has been missing for a century. In an effort to find him, Haru Sachoné seeks the aid of the demigod's father and signs a contract of "usage" to secure the ether dragon's assistance.
Omos thinks he's won the latest victory in the long war with Vaal of the Depths: the uncontested right to use Vaal's favoured paramour as his bedmate. But the ether dragon is about to discover that Haru has sharper teeth than his divine lover.
He came to me some time later, the thing that Vaal had created. I wasn’t sure how long later. I felt his presence first, not a gloat of triumph, but a quiet concern that manifested as a grip on my arm and a gentle haul upward. Back to the cabin he took me, a god who had lost the last of his self-illusions.
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