The Last Stormlord - Stormlord, Bk 1 Author:Glenda Larke Shale is the lowest of the low-an outcast from a poor village in the heart of the desert. In the desert water is life, and currency, and Shale has none. But he has a secret. It's the one thing that keeps him alive and may save all the cities of the Quartern in the days to come. If it doesn't get him killed first... — Terelle... more » is a slave fleeing a life as a courtesan. She finds shelter in the home of an elderly painter but as she learns the strange and powerful secrets of his art she fears she may have traded a life of servitude for something far more perilous...
The Stormlord is dying in his tower and there is no one, by accident or design, to take his place. He brings the rain from the distant seas to his people. Without a Stormlord, the cities of the Quartern will wither and die.
Their civilization is at the brink of disaster. If Shale and Terelle can find a way to save themselves, they may just save them all. Water is life and the wells are running dry...« less
This is truly and excellent example of si-fi fantasy. The characters are very well developed and so is the world building. It is the 1st of a trilogy and I went out and bought the 2nd one which was just as good.
This story took a while to get into, and by "a while," I mean about 150 pages. I almost gave up. Those 150-or-so pages provide a lot of context necessary for understanding the plot, and they also introduce quite a few characters, to the point where it's not always clear who the main storyline is following. Ultimately, though, I didn't give up, and I actually ended up liked it well enough to order the second book in the series.