Song-jin lives by his own terms. He keeps to himself, maintaining a life of solitude and study. As a climate researcher, Song-jin dedicated his life’s work to the plight of the endangered wetlands of Busan in order to distract himself from his own mortality.
Tae-yul lives on the scrape. He crashes from scheme to scam, hoping to land his next big break, but more often winding up with bruises and busted ribs. As a paparazzi photographer, Tae-yul chases other people’s dreams because he’s too afraid to pursue his own.
But everything changes when Tae-yul discovers Song-jin on the beach, all alone, digging for clams. In a chance meeting, Song-jin gifts Tae-yul with a piece of sea glass. Yet what was meant to be a small token exchanged between strangers turns into a catalyst, compelling Tae-yul to dig deeper, to uncover the secrets of this mysterious man who loves birds and dances for clams.
Kex Mardugal is half human, half something… Else. With her dark skin and wild eyes, mankind considers her a soulless abomination. In the face of prejudice, Kex has carved a place for herself in human society. She earned the rank of King’s Champion, securing a position of power within her homeland.
With her moving up the food chain, she has attracted the attention of an inscrutable sorcerer and his party of warriors fighting an enigmatic evil threatening to overtake their world.
Conflicts within the party undermine their ability to work together. All the while, their enemy, a strange and powerful demon, steadily gains strength, commanding deadly storms and legions of curselings to spread its blight across the land.
As an Elsekind, Kex discovers that she alone can define her code of honor in order to fight against the monsters of the world.
A poignant, layered first novel, Reprieve follows the entwined lives of Meredith Avery and Gale Brawley. As teenagers, Meredith and Gale were inseparable, until that mid-August day when they found the body of a dead black man in the river of their still-segregated hometown. When their plea for help is written off as a hoax, Gale runs away from home, turning Meredith’s life inside out.
Thirteen years later, after a devastating overdose on painkillers, Meredith tracks Gale down, invoking the promise of their childhood, that he would always be there for her.
In the months that follow, Meredith and Gale return to Levine to uncover the truth about the dead man they found. Meredith also learns that there are deeper secrets buried in her heart, some that lead to destruction and others to redemption.