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Over the course of a single night, mystical fires torethrough the sky and reduced most of Earth to ash. Ten years later magical fireburns again, but this time it’s in the hands of a young girl named Skylar.Exiled from her adoptive home, Skylar must now struggle through ruined landsand religious zealots who believe she’s an agent of the Devil. An even greaterthreat exists in the form of shadowy sorcerers from another world who covet herblood. Along her journey, she meets a motley band of outcasts who not only knowthe secret of what happened to Earth, but also of Skylar’s true origin. WillSkylar be able to accept this fantastical truth? But more importantly, can herpowers and raging heart be tamed in time to stop those who once burned theworld and now seek total domination?
Skylar's eyes filled with a flickering blue light as ghostly flames jettedfrom her palms, and her screams were lost over the roaring of the blaze.Instinctively, she shook her hands, slapped them against her legs, and thenclapped them together to try and extinguish the fire. As her hands touched, theflames vanished. To her astonishment her skin wasn't burned. It wasn't evenwarm. Sadly, the same couldn't be said for Buster. The dog was a smoking ruinat her feet, one more pile of burnt remains in a world already covered in ash.Her heart broke as she stared down at him. Oh god, she thought. What'shappened? What have I done?
"Oh my Lord, girl," a man said behind her. "What did youdo?"
Skylar whirled around, her eyes widening in guilt even though she didn'tunderstand what had happened, or how. "Henry, he jumped at me! I don'tknow why he did it, and I tried to stop him, but..." She fell silent, herthoughts too scrambled to know what more to say. Buster was a dog she'd lovedand cared for ever since coming to live on the farm years ago, and withoutwarning, he had attacked her. When she'd held her hands up to ward him off,blue fire had erupted from them and consumed him as though it was a living,ravenous thing. Nothing like that had ever happened to her before, and shecouldn't rightly explain what she didn't understand.
Justin R. Macumber is the author of HAYWIRE and A MINORMAGIC. When not hard at work on his next story he hosts the popular DeadRobots' Society podcast, which is a podcast made by writers for writers. He andhis lovely wife live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex along with a rampagingpack of dogs and cats that they think of as their children. He is also aco-host on The Hollywood Outsider, a weekly podcast about movies andtelevision. Currently he is working on two novels - the horror story STILLWATER, and the sequel to A MINOR MAGIC entitled A BROKEN MAGIC.