The Heart of the World (Raven Son, Book Three)

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by Nicholas Kotar

A land destroyed by war. An army of giants on the rampage. Can a crippled girl heal the world before it dies?

All 16-year-old Khaidu ever wanted was her own hunting eagle. Her ten brothers laugh at her. The rule-bound world of the Gumiren nomads has no place for a girl hunter, much less a crippled one. But Khaidu has a secret. She masters the ancient magic of eagle-binding and captures the largest eagle her tribe has ever seen.

Except her eagle isn’t an eagle at all. She’s a dying queen under an enchantment. Khaidu’s binding unlocks an ancient curse of blood and loss. As the curse turns Khaidu’s people against each other, the bond between eagle and hunter shatters. To find her lost eagle, Khaidu will brave monstrous beasts, face an army of shape-shifting giants, and cross the known world…only to be faced with a terrible truth.

If Khaidu cannot save the queen in time, the world itself may die with her.

The Heart of the World is the third book in an epic fantasy series. Inspired by the Russian fairy tale “Finist the Bright Falcon,” it features complex characters, gorgeous magical landscapes, and unexpected plot twists. If you like creative twists on myths and legends and classic fantasy, then you’ll love Nicholas Kotar’s sweeping tale.

About the Author: Nicholas Kotar comes from a family of Russian immigrants who moved from Russia after the Revolution. He grew up in what was essentially a Russian ghetto in San Francisco, speaking Russian before speaking English. He and his sister were home-schooled until his parents opened a school which they administered for the next twenty years of their life. This school, St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy, provides a classical education within the Orthodox Christian community in San Francisco. After graduating from UC Berkeley (studying Russian Literature) Nicholas went back to teach in St. John’s for seven years. Nicholas is currently a freelance translator from Russian to English, specializing in literary, historical, and religious texts. He also conducts Russian sacred music and is an occasional tenor soloist. He is the resident conductor of the Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary Men’s Choir in Jordanville, NY.

Also available:

The Song of the Sirin (Raven Son, Book One)

The Curse of the Raven (Raven Son, Book Two)


Author: Nicholas Kotar

Paperback: 436 pages

Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5 inches

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