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Title: Sunburner, Book Two of the Moonburner Cycle

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Author: Claire Luana

Publisher: Live Edge Publishing


These enemies are not flesh and bone. How can they fight them?

Kai, the newly-crowned queen of Miina, finds her reign threatened by a plague of natural disasters that leave death and destruction in their wake. Are the gods truly angry at the peace between the moon and sunburners, or is something more sinister to blame? Kai’s throne and her very life may be forfeit unless she can appease the gods’ anger and her peoples’ superstitions.

Determined to find a solution, Kai and the Sunburner Prince Hiro embark on an extraordinary and dangerous journey to discover the true cause of the plagues. What they find is an ancient enemy determined to plunge their world into eternal darkness — and one desperate chance to save it. 

About the Author

Claire Luana grew up reading everything she could get her hands on and writing every chance she could. Eventually, adulthood won out, and she turned her writing talents to more scholarly pursuits, going to work as a commercial litigation attorney at a mid-sized law firm. While continuing to practice law, Claire decided to return to her roots and try her hand once again at creative writing. She has written and published the Moonburner Cycle and is currently working on a new trilogy about magical food. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and two dogs. In her (little) remaining spare time, she loves to hike, travel, binge-watch CW shows, and of course, fall into a good book.

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“Sunburner by Claire Luana is such an incredible sequel to the Moonburner saga! I seriously could not put this book down! 5 +++++ stars!” – Kristie

“Epic, this series is beyond Epic!”-Amazon reviewer

“Sunburner by Claire Luana is a heart pounding, heart shattering ride, that will have you glued to the pages and in tears when it ends.”-Amazon reviewer

“A must read…”-Amazon reviewer

“If you enjoy TOG or ACOTAR by Sarah Maas, you will love this!” -Amazon reviewer

“A wonderful fantasy story that will take you into another world.” -Amazon reviewer

“one of those books that will just blow you away….This story just left me speechless.” -Amazon reviewer

“I absolutely loved this series, the characters are well thought out and relatable, the burners world is wonderfully imaginative and there are just enough plot twists to keep you glued to your book. I read this book in one sitting, unable to put it down. If you are a fantasy fan this series is a must read!” -Amazon reviewer

“a great series that everyone needs to read.” -Amazon reviewer

“Claire Luana shines in a brilliant fantasy novel about trying to reconcile two sides of a war.” -Amazon reviewer

“A fantastic novel. Beautifully written.” -Amazon reviewer

“I read book one and loved it. Well, with book two I need to find an adjective that is stronger than love. This second book was amazing, wonderful, terrific, fantastic, and whatever positive adjective I can use.” -Amazon reviewer




Excerpt 1

“Kai swung onto her mount and trotted off, leaving the rest to follow. Her heart was pounding in her chest. She willed it to slow.

Quitsu leaped from the ground onto the saddle in front of her. This was a common enough occurrence that it didn’t startle her horse anymore. “What’s wrong?” he asked.

Hiro approached from the other side. He had put the pieces together. “That was the spotted fever, wasn’t it,” he said, his voice low. “I didn’t know it had spread this far.”

Kai nodded, refusing to look at him. “Neither did I.” Her voice sounded hollow. “The only reported cases came from the outskirts of Miina.”

“We’ll figure it out,” Hiro said. “We’ll find a cure before it infects too many.”

“We’d better,” Kai said. “I touched him.”

Excerpt 2

In the worst dreams, she had seen Tsuki—the strange unnaturally large figure that Queen Airi and General Geisa had summoned in the citadel temple. Her voice, deep enough to drown in and sharp as the headsman’s axe, echoed through Kai’s mind. Tsuki was everywhere. She’d come through Kai’s window, she’d come through a ray of moonlight pooling in a citadel courtyard, she’d risen through the still water of the lake in the Akashi Mountains where Kai once had seen her mother.

There was no hiding from Tsuki when she came, no cowering in the bushes. Kai had tried. Tsuki saw her, despite that strange blur where a face should be. Always, she said the same thing.

“This world belongs to us. The time of the burners is at an end.”

And then she would devour Kai. She would grow huge and unhinge her jaw and Kai could only sit, frozen, and let it happen. Down, down, down into a suffocating darkness that she could not escape. A blackness that melted her into nothingness. And somehow Kai knew that this dream was more than a dream, that it was a vision of what was to come. 

Excerpt 3

Abandoning all reason, Kai rallied her will and plunged it into the unknown power. The handprint on her chest flared to life, emanating a bright white light. She was through, she had done it, and now her qi grappled with a raging torrent of elemental power. An underground aquifer of life-giving energy that powered the rise of the sun, the wane of the moon, the sudden burst of a spring rain, the first heartbeat of a new calf. This—this was the stuff of creation. She struggled with the wildness of it; pulling it into her qi was like trying to fill a cup from a waterfall. But drop by drop, she collected it, and it filled her with a power that she had never known.

Excerpt 4

Kai’s heart hammered as a scraping noise sounded down the corridor. In the pool of moonlight coming through the window at the far end of the hall, a black shadow stretched across the floor. A taloned hand curled around the corner, followed by a tall black shape.

Kai’s scream caught in her throat and she fled towards the stairs, flying down them two at a time. An inhuman scream roared behind her as the tengu took up the chase, its taloned feet scratching and scrambling for purchase on the polished wood floor.

Kai burst out the front door of her quarters in a blind panic, her head whipping around, searching for a safe place. A hard hand clamped down on her face from behind and another hand pulled her backwards into the tall bushes to the left of the building. She screamed into the hand and struggled like a wild thing, all reason fleeing in her panic. Her burning, her weapons training, all of it had given way to the primal urge to free herself.

“Quiet,” hissed a feminine voice. “It’s me!”

Kai looked over her shoulder to the welcome sight of Hamaio. Kai relaxed and nodded in response to the woman’s questioning look.

“You scared—“ Kai began, but the woman hissed softly and pointed.

They both fell silent in the bushes, sinking down as low as they could, stilling their breathing. The tengu had emerged from the building and was sniffing the air with its misshapen snout. Perhaps it had once been a large cat, but now it was a twisted black thing of bone and membrane hulking on two legs, its padded paws split into ghastly toes.

It turned towards them as it continued to snuffle, its red eyes shining with a perverse intelligence. Kai held her breath, wishing she could stop her heart from beating. Its tempo droned so loud in her ears that she feared the tengu could hear the very blood pumping in her veins.




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