Her parents named her “Cursed,” for that’s what her people are: trapped in brutal slavery, toiling under the Izyphorn sun, forced to watch their infants die.  The kaites gave her a new name: Raiballeon, “Leader of a Revolt.” At ten, Rai thought that meant she would lead Maraiah to freedom.

Eighteen-year-old Rai knows differently.  As an exile hiding her heritage, Rai has resigned herself to a quiet life recording the Histories.  After all, going up against Izyphor alone would mean certain death.

Reuniting with a childhood love and meeting an enigmatic stranger forces Rai to reexamine her calling.  Can she rise up against her own fears, the most powerful nation in the world, and the evil spirits bent on annihilating any opposition?  Is she destined to be a great warrior or an historian–or are those the same thing?


Child of the Kaites was first published in serial form on this blog.  It has now undergone further revisions and is scheduled for publication in paperback and ebook format on July 28th, 2018.

The older version of Child of the Kaites is still available to read for free.  Use the drop down menu or click here to start reading.