A fantasy novel.
Haru, merchant prince of Sachoné House, sails into the port of Verdant on a day when Ardu magic normally rejects outsiders of the faith. Despite that he is an infidel, Haru is chosen to be the next Oradhé, the holy man who must act as a dragon god's conscience. To Haru's dismay, the price exacted for this duty will be his eyes burned from his sockets.
Haru's struggle to retain his sight becomes a profound battle to preserve his spirit, for he must resist not only Verdant tradition, but the questionable advances of Intana, the dragon god. All the while, Vaal, the shark deity of Haru's people, lurks in the water and observes. Vaal of the Depths has plans for Verdant, for Intana, and for Haru.
His expression lost the edge of accusation and became long with dismay, and though I looked full at him, I was too preoccupied to see the true Intana. Thoughts, seeds, more thoughts. They developed into a bramble patch that climbed to a peak.
A figure shadowed the open door of my cabin, and the brambles withered back. But I had already seen over the edge. My hands felt the cuts of the climb.
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