Short Synopsis for TOMB OF MOMENTS
Note: The story is told partly out of chronological order as it weaves together the lives of its three main characters: Noa, Adrian, and Efis Kadha.
When EFIS KADHA is only two years old, his father is senselessly butchered by a drunken thug, and he’s thrown out onto the streets of a bitter island slum. He survives a childhood of starvation and grows into a feared gangster, wiping out his rivals before being recruited by Vessa: an army of sorcerers who absorb nations and collect beautiful pleasure slaves. He rises to command and launches a devastating war that rages across the planet, until ADRIAN’s parents sacrifice themselves to take his life on the battlefield.
Five-year-old Adrian is sent to live with five-year-old NOA and her absent father. The two children form a deep telepathic bond, and for the next three years they’re inseparable. At age eight they’re sent to an elite military academy, where they train in telekinetic combat. As they grow up they fall in love, but they’re both too afraid to say how they feel. When they’re fifteen, Noa starts a relationship with another boy and Adrian sets off on long travels, unsure if he’ll ever come back.
Fourteen years later, Noa is the chief executive of Aeternos: the futuristic capital of the free world. She runs her city with political savvy and a deep commitment to protecting her citizens, including the handsome winged warrior who’s devoted to her every whim. Kept awake by dreams of a terrible war, she hunts killers in the night.
Meanwhile Adrian wanders deep in the Vessan Empire, sheltered and isolated by a spell that erases him from memory. He’s near the end of his rope when the war from Noa’s nightmares comes to life — with a reanimated Efis Kadha leading the enemy charge — and he’s called home to help defend his people.
Fighting side by side in the Ossan Army — which has stood against slavery and resisted Vessan rule for centuries — Noa and Adrian begin to grow close again. Together they lead a battalion that corners Efis Kadha in a deep cavern. But when Adrian cuts Kadha’s heart open, hidden machinery throws him ninety years into the future — a trap set by EVE and AUGEN, the true rulers of Vessa.
Eve and Augen conquer the world together, breaking one Ossan stronghold after another. Eve kills Noa in the bloody Battle of Aeternos, where the Ossan Army makes its last stand and the great city falls.
A lone sorceress named CHARLOTTE seals herself in Mount Ossa, and waits. When Adrian finally returns, she tells him that their only hope is to resurrect Noa using the Tomb of Moments: an infinite archive of the past. Only Noa might be able to cast the incredibly violent and difficult spell that’s needed to tear the last ninety years from the fabric of history.
Adrian descends into the Tomb, and Charlotte gives her life so that Noa can return. Augen feels Charlotte’s death, leads an overwhelming host into the mountain, and burns Charlotte’s body.
The story will continue in Book 2.