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The Lays of Anuskaya

The Lays of Anuskaya is an epic fantasy trilogy set in a world of storm-wracked seas and far-flung archipelagos. The only means of transportation between the islands is by windships. A blight has been sweeping through the islands, causing untold misery. The dukes are ill pleased. Tensions are rising and many believe the grand duke is to blame.

When Prince Nikandr stumbles across Nasim, a boy with wondrous powers, he sees glimpses of greatness within him. Nasim may have the power to cure the land of the terrible blight, but others, the hated Maharraht, hope to use him as well to cause widespread devastation. The race is on, each hoping to find the boy and to unlock his powers before the other can.

The Trilogy

The Winds of Khalakovo

Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo, a mountainous archipelago of seven islands, its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the sky. Serviced by windships bearing goods and dignitaries, Khalakovo’s eyrie stands at the crossroads of world trade. But all is not well in Khalakovo. Conflict has erupted between the ruling Landed, the indigenous Aramahn, and the fanatical Maharraht, and a wasting disease has grown rampant over the past decade. Now, Khalakovo is to play host to the Nine Dukes, a meeting which will weigh heavily upon Khalakovo’s future.

When an elemental spirit attacks an incoming windship, murdering the Grand Duke and his retinue, Prince Nikandr, heir to the scepter of Khalakovo, is tasked with finding the child prodigy believed to be behind the summoning. However, Nikandr discovers that the boy is an autistic savant who may hold the key to lifting the blight that has been sweeping the islands. Can the Dukes, thirsty for revenge, be held at bay? Can Khalakovo be saved? The elusive answer drifts upon the Winds of Khalakovo…

The Straits of Galahesh

West of the Grand Duchy of Anuskaya lies the Empire of Yrstanla, the Motherland. The Empire has lived at peace with Anuskaya for generations, but with political turmoil brewing and the wasting disease still rampant, opportunists from the mainland have begun to set their sights on the Grand Duchy, seeking to expand their empire.

Five years have passed since Prince Nikandr, heir to the scepter of Khalakovo, was tasked with finding Nasim, the child prodigy behind a deadly summoning that led to a grand clash between the armies of man and elder elemental spirits. Today, that boy has grown into a young man driven to understand his past – and the darkness from which Nikandr awakened him. Nikandr’s lover, Atiana, has become a Matra, casting her spirit forth to explore, influence, and protect the Grand Duchy. But when the Al-Aqim, long thought lost to the past, return to the islands and threaten to bring about indaraqiram – a change that means certain destruction for both the Landed and the Landless – bitter enemies must become allies and stand against their horrific plans.

Can the Grand Duchy be saved? The answer lies hidden within the Straits of Galahesh…

The Flames of Shadam Khoreh

Nearly two years after the harrowing events of The Straits of Galahesh, Atiana and Nikandr continue their long search for Nasim. The clues they find lead them to the desert wastes of the Gaji, where the fabled valley of Shadam Khoreh lies.

But all is not well. War has moved from the islands to the mainland, and the Grand Duchy knows its time may be limited if Yrstanla rallies its forces. Worse, the wasting disease and the rifts grow ever wider, threatening places that once thought themselves safe. The Dukes believe that their only hope may be to treat with the Haelish warriors to the west of Yrstanla, but Nikandr knows that the key is to find Nasim and a lost artifact known as the Atalayina.

Will Nikandr succeed and close the rifts once and for all? The answer lies deep within the Flames of Shadam Khoreh.

From Bradley P. Beaulieu, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, The Winds of Khalakovo, comes the concluding volume in the Lays of Anuskaya trilogy, The Flames of Shadam Khoreh.

The Short Stories

To the Towers of Tulandan

In this prequel to The Winds of Khalakovo the elemental mage, Ashan, meets the young savant, Nasim, and knows immediately he must wrest control of this wondrous boy from the leader of the ruthless Maharraht.


From The Lays of Anuskaya comes a dark tale of ambition, desire, and utter loss of control. Twenty-five years after The Flames of Shadam Khoreh, prima ballerina Mikaella discovers one of the triplets of Vostroma, not the Duchess Mileva, or her sister, the Grand Duchess Atiana, but the lost sister, Ishkyna, who has long been thought lost. She isn't lost, however. She has returned, and she sees in Mika something she wants very greatly, and it's up to Mika to stop her if she can.