Salt City | Leona R Wisoker


Set in the world of Children of the Desert, Salt City offers a revealing glimpse into how the Northern Church began its spiral into the infamous Purge.

Reviewer comments:

“With Salt City, Ms. Wisoker paints a beautiful yet menacing tapestry, gradually building the suspense toward its inevitable conclusion.  A ‘must-read’.” – Debra Killeen, author of the Unholy War trilogy

“Told from the perspective of a young cleric entirely in over his head, Salt City is a twisty tale of spirits, demons, and worse that kept me reading late into the night.” – T. Eric Bakutis, author of Supremacy’s Shadow

“Fans of Wisoker’s Children of the Desert series will certainly enjoy Salt City, but it’s also an entertaining standalone tale and introduction to her books for new readers. What starts as a seemingly light-hearted coming of age adventure/romance moves quickly in a darker direction of intrigue and magic, as a would-be priest discovers that, while he was cloistered in his studies, his world has gone into an apocalyptic tailspin. It’s a story for our times.” – Tom Doyle, author of American Craftsmen

“Salt City: an engaging exploration of a world where the assumptions are different, and the reality is even more different, still. An exploration of finding oneself in trying and dangerous circumstances, its world building is grand and immersive, its characters are vivid, and it holds all these yarns together in a fascinating tapestry. A solid novella in a complex world.” – Malcolm Gin


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Moir’s promotion to junior priest should have been the best day of his life. He’d worked hard to earn that title… too hard, as it turns out.

Serving four gods is a complicated road to follow when each god manifests in both Light and Dark aspects, in Good and in deepest Evil. The Creeds are intended to provide a set of guideposts, preventing junior priests from straying into heresies. Senior priests mentor junior priests for the same reason. And junior priests are never, ever sent out by themselves.

Moir’s initial joy at reaching junior rank chills sharply when he learns where he’s going next: not to a posting in Bright Bay, as he’d expected, but to Salt City, the most sacred of all Church holdings. By himself. Far from guidance … and far from his secretly, patiently waiting lover.

His personal misery is soon swamped by a succession of bizarre and frightening events that force him to confront questions for which the Creeds have no answer. And if gods are involved, either they’re of a completely alien sect … or the Church has been lying all along.

As the northern kingdom begins its spiral into that dark time later named “The Purge”, Moir’s choices set him on a uniquely perilous road, binding his future to the whim of creatures that were old before humanity was born. He must decide who he serves: Church, King, gods … or something so tenebrous and dangerous that it could well overshadow every one of those entities.

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 6 × 1 × 9 in