Five thousand years ago, the Atreianii transcended humankind, reducing men and women to slaves and pets. These post-human demigods reigned for centuries across their world and throughout the solar system, and for a time they created their paradise. Yet it could not last; they warred amongst themselves, reduced the globe to dust and ash, and fled beneath the ground, awaiting better days.

An E’cwn huntress, Nyahri, has awakened one such demigod, one still determined to destroy her own kind, to right old wrongs, and to avenge a long-dead beloved. Dormant powers, older than Nyahri can imagine, draw her from her tribal life into the service of a goddess—

Whose heart beats like anyone’s, longing for her lost companion, a love who may one day live again through Nyahri herself.

As a professional member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, J.L. Forrest’s stories also appear in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres’ Fierce Family, Robot Cowgirl’s Alien Abduction, and elsewhere. Eleven of his short stories appear in the collection Delicate Ministrations. To learn more about the author and books, visit