A TIME NEVER LIVED
By Terri-Lynne DeFino
Hadley Rille Books in Summer 2012
Cover art by Jesse Smolover
The Dragonbacks burning
Wings gusting, and talons gripping, the ground rushing away. . .
Victorio Finder wants all the thrills of the world's greatest city. He wants Cesilee's love. Vic wants to become a great Finder so that maybe, at last, his father Ethen will be proud enough to stick around. But staying behind in Bosbana was a mistake; Vic knew it before the expedition party to rediscover the Spice Way ever left.
Bosbana is an elegant bore. Cesilee's affection has turned cold. Even the Finding skills he stayed behind to prove let him down. They've not only vanished, all attempst to Find his father through the dice linking them since his birth knock him out cold.
--until he is handed a strangely familiar key that triggers a Finder's vision of burning mountains and silent wings. The expedition party is in danger of a kind Vic can scarcely imagine. Braving the stormy Bloodbane Sea, Vic and Cesilee seek out Myrie Raleven for the help only she can give; but the help Myrie brings is not the kind expected. it leads them through a Dead City, down the drought-dry Bihn Iabba River and into the Dragonback Mountains where those who go in never come out.
Only there will they find those loved ones carried off.
Beyond the gate.
In dragon country.
Where the oldest tales are born.
Of a land no one knows, in a time never lived --
"A Time Never Lived pulls the reader in from the first sentence, and resides in the heart long after the last page is turned. Engaging characters, vivid landscapes, and complex tensions all set within the richly imagined world that has become Terri-Lynne DeFino's hallmark."
~Karin Rita Gastreich