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A.M. Dellamonica's first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Their fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, has won the 2016 Prix Aurora. Alyx has published over forty short stories in the likes of Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and was the co-editor of Heiresses of Russ 2016. They teach writing at two universities while pursuing an MFA in creative writing at a third. Alyx is married to fellow Aurora winner Kelly Robson; the two made their outlaw wedding of 1989 legal, in 2003, when the Canadian Supreme Court conferred equality on same sex couples.
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Indigo Springs is a sleepy town where things seem normal . . . until Astrid's father dies and she moves into his house, a wellspring for the magical fluid vitagua. As events in Indigo Springs unfold and the true potential of vitagua is revealed, Astrid and her friends unwittingly embark on a journey fraught with power, change, and a future too devastating to contemplate.
This powerful sequel to A.M. Dellamonica's award–winning contemporary fantasy Indigo Springs starts when Astrid Lethewood discovers a wellspring of pure magic. The secret is out―and the world will never be the same. Conflicting ambitions, star-crossed lovers, and those who fear and hate magic combine in a terrible conflagration, pitting friend against friend, magic against magic, and the power of nations against a small band of zealots, with the fate of the world at stake.
One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles. The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and a language different from any Sophie has heard.
Sophie Hansa has been called back to Stormwrack in order to spend time with her father, a Duelist-Adjudicator, who is an unrivaled combatant and fearsome negotiator. But is he driven by his commitment to seeing justice prevail, or is he a sociopath?
Biologist Sophie Hansa has been putting her knowledge of science to use on the strange world of Stormwrack, solving seemingly impossible crimes. When a series of ships within the Fleet of Nations are sunk by magical sabotage, Sophie is called on to find out why. She discovers a strange-looking creature—a fright, a wooden oddity born from a banished spell—on the sunken vessel. Who would put this creature aboard and why?