The Books of the Rai-kirah

an epic fantasy adventure by Carol Berg

An exotic world of haunted memories, the terrors of slavery, and the triumph of salvation

The saga of the Rai-Kirah, taken as a whole, is one of the first great epic fantasy works of the twenty-first century.
--Mike McKeown, the

...engrossing...complex...the story of Seyonne and the Prince of the Derzhi is a turbulent adventure with far reaching excellent series. --Fred Cleaver, Denver Post Book Reviews

Berg creates...powerfully sensuous landscapes both realistic and uncanny; the pursuit of personal honour attractively [is] the unchanging core of an adventure where everything else we know is unreliable. --Roz Kaveney,

People, Places, and Languages of the Derzhi Empire
People, Places, and Languages of Restoration
Map of the Derzhi Empire

Freedom is the ability to make a choice...


Winner of the 2005 Geffen Award for the Best Translated Fantasy Novel
Finalist for the 2001 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award
Runner-up for the 2000 Barnes and Noble Maiden Voyage Award

Seyonne is a man waiting to die. He has been a slave for sixteen years, almost half his life, and has lost everything of meaning to him: his dignity, the people and homeland he loves, and the Warden's power he used to defend an unsuspecting world from the ravages of demons. Seyonne has made peace with his fate.  With strict self-discipline he forces himself to exist only in the present moment and to avoid the pain of hope or caring about anyone. But from the moment he is sold to the arrogant, careless Prince Aleksander, the heir to the Derzhi Empire, Seyonne's uneasy peace begins to crumble. And when he discovers a demon lurking in the Derzhi court, he must find hope and strength in a most unlikely place...

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A warrior's search for a demon child becomes the search for his own soul...


Two years after his battle with the Lord of Demons, Seyonne is tired, troubled, angry, and frustrated. As Ezzaria's only remaining Warden, he carries the entire burden of the worsening demon war on his shoulders. But a demon encounter unlike any in Ezzarian memory leads Seyonne to question everything he has ever believed. And his search for a demon-possessed child becomes the search for his own soul and the soul of his people.

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What price do fate and legend demand for the power to save everything you value?


Finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Epic Fantasy of 2002

In the Third Book of the Rai-kirah, Seyonne is besieged by doubt, madness, and visions that insist that he will destroy the world. Even his steadfast hope that somehow Prince Aleksander is destined for greatness seems doomed. For a royal murder sends Aleksander on the run as the Derzhi Empire crumbles around him. Faith, friendship, gods and demons drive sorcerer and prince to the final battle of the demon war--each man facing an opponent he could never have imagined.

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Interview with Chris Ely of Phase 5

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The Books of the Rai-kirah are also available:

In Hebrew, from Graff Publishing
In Czech, from Fantom Print Books
In Russian, from Azbooka Publishers
In Polish, from ISA
In German, from Bertelsmann
In French, from Editions Bragelonne

Transformation cover art by Kevin Murphy
Revelation cover art by Matt Stawicki
Restoration cover art by Matt Stawicki


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