They say that the earth shifts on its axis every 200,000 years...
When the planet shifted, most of the surface dwellers were destroyed. The few
pockets of survivors were left without technology and little supplies, but they
built a simple feudal society on the rubble of the city.
Meanwhile the creatures in the deep places moved closer to the surface, taking
over the old underground transport tunnels abandoned by the humans. Their own
Shamanic way of life had survived only by staying out of sight of the humans who
habitually killed what they did not understand.
Five generations of humans passed and the descendants of survivors settled into
a way of life that was simple but satisfying, until one day a man wandered into
one of the old tunnels...
Over ten years have passed since the humans waged war with the goblins. The goblins
have become invisible once more, yet the memory of their existence haunts many who
A young girl flees her home and an unwanted marriage. Desperation takes her to the
riverside, the site where as a toddler she was patted kindly by the goblin who had
befriended Count Anton. But another memory of that day unsettles her as she pushes
the small boat into the current. A memory of bubbles in the river, and of blood.
There's something in the water still.
Driven by a premonition that she belongs with the people across the river, she soon
meets the children of Magicians...and of goblins. Yet there are greater challenges
In the midst of conflict between species, between generations, and between the ever
combative northern and southern humans, a new enemy arises from over the sea. Foreign
humans come to invade, expecting an easy conquest of the rich lands that Count Anton has
so wisely kept productive of food supplies. The goblins see the danger of this invasion
to their own uneasy peace with the familiar local humans, but they disagree among
themselves as to whether they will best serve their kind by helping the surface dwellers,
or by leaving all humans to kill each other once and for all.
Power of the Dance
In the anarchic world of the goblins, there is only one rule. The safety of the grotto
is paramount, any who behave in ways that will bring attention from the humans or other
predators must die, for the protection of all.
Yet the offspring of the half-human girl Alinea and Drazek, one of the rare winged
goblins, threatens to expose them all. The humans appear to be less hostile a generation
after their species was saved by the intervention of goblins in a war that pit human
against human, but history shows that humans cannot be trusted and will invariably
revert to the ways of prejudice and fear.
Khemael, called both Angel and Demon by the superstitious humans, is a creature of
beauty and grace, with a mostly human appearance. His love of stretching his dragon-like
wings and flying freely in the world of men brings far too much attention to the
existence of the goblins, who long once again to be forgotten in their underground world.
Haghuf, with the old ways entrenched into the very core of his being, knows that the
inevitable responsibility will fall to him. He must destroy the beautiful creature who,
in the world of the humans, would be called his grandson.
But there is more to Khemael than physical beauty. Those humans who encounter him are
gripped in a fascination that Haghuf knows originates in their shared ancestry among
the dragons. It is this natural hypnotic quality that causes humans to either love or
fear him. The goblins themselves venerate him as a member of a rare, ancient species
with special abilities inherent only in his kind.
To complicate the matter, King Alaric claims Khemael as kin, and refers to him as
'nephew'. To kill a relative of the king would renew hostilities between the humans and
the goblins, despite the love for the goblins that Alaric shares with his father, the
exiled Count Anton. For these reasons, Khemael's sense of adventure has continued
unchecked for too long.
Amidst unrest amongst the more fearful humans south of the river and disparity in the
world of the goblins,messages come from Anton who travels in the north. A different kind
of invader than those they have encountered before moves towards the city. A tribal
people, close akin to Anton's people, seek better climate and food supplies than the
cold north has provided for several generations. They are moving south.
Alaric's rule and the uneasy peace of the world balancing between human and goblin faces
a very different peril than a generation ago when they faced foreign invaders. The nomads
are kin, but they will not be returning to lands of their own. There are too many to
assimilate into the feudal civilisation that Alaric's ancestors forged from devastation.
Whatever happens, the impending incursion would bring change to their people... and
Khemael's innocent flights in the world above threaten to bring the danger to the
caverns of the goblins.