'THE CONVOLUTED CULTURE OF CERSI'S THREE SPECIES IS A FASCINATING MYSTERY. . . A STRIKING SERIES.' - LOCUS
Julie E. Czerneda's Trade Pact Universetrilogy introduced the Clan, refugees from the world of Cersi who built an empire few people even knew existed.
Reap the Wild Wind and Riders of the Storm return to an earlier point in the Clan's history, before they left Cersi. Known as the Om'ray, they are divided into widely scattered tribal Clans, constrained from advancing beyond a certain point by two powerful races - the Oud and the Tikitik.
Then Om'ray Aryl Sarc - gifted with a forbidden Talent - upsets the long maintained balance between the three species, and she and her supporters are exiled from Yena Clan, taking with them Enris Mendolar, a young man who has left Tuana Clan on the ritual journey to find a mate. When they finally find a new home in the mountains, it is the ruined, deserted village of Sona, a forgotten Clan. And the seeming haven soon becomes the focus of conflict.
First Aryl discovers that the Oud who destroyed Sona haven't left. Instead, they are hunting for relics of a long-vanished, legendary race with the aid of Trade Pact agents. Then the Tiktik deny the Oud claims that Aryl's people are the Sona Clan, insisting the territory now belongs to them. When blood is spilled, Aryl must become Clan Speaker to try negotiate for peace.
Other Om'ray arrive, including some determined to learn the secret of Aryl's Talent. And even as she struggles with the perilous situation in Sona, Enris must take desperate measures to try to save his own clan from the destructive power games of the Oud and the Tikkit. But will the price of Sona's survival prove too high. . . ?