Publishing August 2015

The Feather and the Moon Well - cover

Legend tells of a sorceress, living within a white tower outside of the great city of Ethcabar, who owns a vast hoard of strange and curious items. If you bring her something precious to add to her Collection, she may grant your wish... or curse you.

But no one knows that the Willow Woman also possesses a Moon Well - an item of immense power. One of its many abilities grants her to see into the future, and thus alter its course.

When she sees an item within the Moon Well that she covets, a great flaming feather of incredible beauty that has the ability to free her from her tower-prison, she also learns she will have to create an evil spell for a Nepha-Lord to get it. However, the devastation to the surrounding countryside, its people, and the certainty of her own misery might be too high of a price to pay.

Barbarus is a lesser-demon who wishes to be free of his Master, a Nepha-Lord of the sixth hell. He is sent on a journey to gather a rare item for the Willow Woman’s spell. The spell his Master desires will bind a Core-Demon to the Nepha Lord's will, and give him terrible power. Barbarus discovers he has choices, and desires of his own. His growing friendship with Anarra, will either bring him release of servitude, or certain death.

Neither Barbarus nor his master know the Willow Woman is hiding secrets of a different kind, and the use of these powers is forbidden by her own people. Will she lose the love of the one man she has come to accept? Will she risk love, friendship and the terrible war she sees within the Moon Well to obtain The Feather?

A story of selfishness, friendship, betrayal, hope, and the search for God, The Feather and the Moon Well is a magical tale built within the fringe of Irish Mythology. It is the first novel by Shean Pao in the epic series, In the Brilliance of Sun.