AwakeningBook - 2007
A corrupt society, unaware of the ancient gifts it possesses ... In a remote coastal outpost of the Asan Empire, Hwenfayre has grown up marked as an outsider, taking pleasure only in the driftwood harp left behind by her unknown father. During an attack by the ships of the Southern Raiders, she discovers that in her hands this harp has extraordinary powers, powers that put her and all around her in danger. In the Asan capital, Shanek, the third most important man in the Empire, has become sated with the temptations of a society that has grown rich on the defeat of its ancient enemy, the Skrin Ti'ak. Sent on a mysterious trading mission, Shanek becomes disturbed by a growing ability to sense the thoughts and feelings of others. Elsewhere in the Empire, a young man unleashes forces within himself that compel him to leave his quiet farming village forever. But these strange powers will not be allowed to emerge unchecked. Hwenfayre is reunited with her own people - but can she trust them? Shanek discovers a traitor within his trading party, and slowly becomes aware that the Skrin Ti'ak are a far greater threat to the Empire than anyone has suspected... THE AWAKENING is the first book in a stunning trilogy about power, decay and the hard path to redemption.
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