A Time Never Lived from Hadley Rille Books, May 2012
Victorio Finder wants to become a great Finder like his father, but staying behind instead of joining him on expedition to rediscover the Spice Way was a mistake. His Finding skills have not only vanished, all attempts to Find his father knock him out cold–until he is given a key that triggers a Finder’s vision of burning mountains and silent wings. Braving the stormy Bloodbane Sea, Vic seeks out Myrie Raleven; but the help she gives leads him through a Dead City, down the drought-dry Bihn Iabba River and into the Dragonback Mountains where those who go in never come out. A TIME NEVER LIVED, a companion book for DeFino’s highly acclaimed first novel, FINDER.
Publisher’s Weekly Review for A Time Never Lived: May 2012
This gripping sequel to 2010’s Finder brings family drama and magical legend to life. When the psychic Finder Ethen and his beloved Zihariel disappear during their search for the lost Spice Way across the Iabba Desert, the focus shifts to Ethen’s son, Victorio, whose Finding talent appears to have failed, and whose relationship with the mercurial Cesilee has grown strained in the wake of her affair with artifact-hunter Sulman “Sully” Kahvek. After a fiery vision of a burning landscape, Victorio, fearing for his father, sets out in pursuit of Ethen, with Cesilee and lonely nobleman Lord Dorquin Shiel in tow. Joined as well by the treasure-seeking Sully and the mysterious Myrie Raleven, Victorio’s party begins a dangerous quest across a magnificently-depicted multicultural fantasy world for the legendary city of Valadur. This is a memorable saga of supernatural power and human love from the increasingly impressive DeFino. *