The Islands of Fire Series

Book 1: Escape from Toko-Mua

In all the islands of the vast ocean world of Mokukai, no people are as feared as the dread Cult of the Ebon Flame. Their elite fighters are called the “Burning Warriors,” masters of flame and spear. It is said those they capture are doomed to be beheaded, their souls trapped forever in infernal drums.

Having fled to the remote islands known as “The Teeth,” Kina and Motua are horrified to discover their relentless pursuers and their leader, Nakali, have tracked them across the ocean to recover their stolen artifact. But there are many secrets in these scattered islands, including the remnants of an ancient civilization and an artifact that eerily resembles Kina’s stolen obsidian blade. With the help of a reclusive ghost hunter on the run from a murderous devil, Kina and Motua try to once more thwart the disciples of the Ebon Flame and their elite soldiers, the Burning Warriors…


Book 2: The Burning Warriors

Having fled to the remote islands known as “The Teeth,” Kina and Motua are horrified to discover their relentless pursuers and their leader, Nakali, have tracked them across the ocean to recover their stolen artifact. But there are many secrets in these scattered islands, including the remnants of an ancient civilization and an artifact that eerily resembles Kina’s stolen obsidian blade. With the help of a reclusive ghost hunter on the run from a murderous devil, Kina and Motua try to once more thwart the disciples of the Ebon Flame and their elite soldiers, the Burning Warriors…


Book 3: God in the Stone

After the bloodthirsty devil `Imu`imu destroys the armada of the Cult of the Ebon Flame, Kina and High Priestess Nakali find themselves forced to escape in the same canoe. But what was the strange everburning flame they recovered from the ruins of the ancients? How is it related to the pahi, the obsidian blade Kina and her friend Motua had stolen from the cult’s temple? For answers, Nakali and Kina sail to the forbidden island of Makoahiva to seek the wisdom of To`o, the mysterious “God in the Stone.”



Book 4: Island of the Dead

High in a volcanic caldera dwells Makolo, the “God in the Stone,” who holds answers to the mystery of the ancient obsidian weapon Kina stole from the Burning Warriors. In exchange for this information, it wants her to slay a devil plaguing the island’s shallows off shore. But is there more to this task than first appears? Will the cruel Nakali, forced into a temporary partnership with Kina, finally get her answers? And what sinister secret dwells in the tidal cavern where the islanders fear to tread? Kina will soon discover she is caught in an ancient feud between dark powers, and her fate hangs in the balance…


Book 5: The Forbidden Shore

Upholding its bargain, the god of Makoahiva told Kina a secret that threatens to plunge the world into chaos. Unfortunately, her long-standing rival, Nakali — high priestess of the cruel Burning Warriors — learned this secret as well. With little time to delay, Kina sails for the island of Keli`anu, the forbidden island of the Burning Warriors, to stop Nakali’s evil plan. But the gods have something greater in mind for Kina…



Book 6: Heart of Fire

The Epic Conclusion to Islands of Fire!

To stop Nakali’s plan to overthrow Mother Ocean, Kina disguises herself and dares the impossible: joining the Burning Warriors! Life in Keli`anu is fraught with danger, but as she attempts to undermine Nakali and rescue her own friends from their hideous fate, Kina discovers the full extent of what awaits her. An ancient grudge threatens to overturn the harmony on Mokukai, and Kina has become a pawn between powers she cannot fathom. Kina’s very survival hangs in the balance.


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THE CHARACTERS

Islands of Fire follows the story of Kina and her companions, as they attempt to escape from the dark magic of Nakali and her Burning Warriors.

Kina Ta`ane

Kina is a young woman who is far from her home of Kotuhiwa, the largest and most advanced island in Mokukai, where she she grew a homeless orphan in the mighty city of Huka`i. Life taught her hard lessons in the muddy alleys of the labyrinthine city, but it could not crush her spirit. Fleeing the city after the death of her only love, her wanderings have taken her across Mokukai in search of a home — but more than that, for some greater purpose.

Kina is young, with long, straight and dark hair. Her skin is unmarked with tattoos.

Motua Kahukuwea

Motua was raised in Lo`onai, where he was trained to be a warrior. When he broke a trespassing kapu, he was forced to flee to the distant island of Ku`ano`ano where he hoped to start anew. He trained to become one of the alaka`i nahele, a highly-skilledwilderness guide and scout. He was captured by raiders from Keli`anu and brought to Toko-Mua to be made into a spirit drum, but managed to escape alongside Kina.

Though he is not as muscular as many warriors, he is strong and agile. He keeps his dark hair short. He has excellent night vision, a skill developed during his alaka`i nahele training.

Puponawai Toatu`ome Huma`o, a.k.a. “Pupo”

Pupo was raised in Kilakila on the island of Pelanu, where he was taught by his father, a ghost hunter himself, in the arts of finding and trapping ghosts. He traveled around Mokukai for many years, plying his trade, until he ran afoul of a powerful devil called `Imu`imu which took offense at his attempts to banish it from the world, and now seeks vengeance. Popu was forced to flee to the Teeth, where he hides using a ghost traps and an enchanted shark jaw which hides his presence.

Pupo is middle-aged, with long hair beginning to gray which he keeps tied back with a cord. He is tattooed, but not ceremoniously. He wears a tapa malo.

Hekalo

Hekalo is a kapua, sorcerers who twist the fabric of mana to create miracles the likes of which only the gods are supposed to be able to perform. Because of this, they are reviled by the gods who consider them a direct threat to their sense of supremacy and dominion over humanity. Most kapua keep their knowledge and ability secret to avoid detection and prevent the wrath of any local gods being delivered upon them. But faced with the death of his lover, Mai, Hekalo crossed the ocean to the haunted island of Makoahiva in hopes of asking the god To`o to bring her back from the Lands Beyond — the final resting place of the dead.

Hekalo is lean and wiry, with narrow features and skin that is so pale it almost has a bluish cast.

Nakali

Little is known about the cruel and tyrannical leader of the Cult of the Ebon Flame. With the help of the mysterious pahi and her dark magic, Nakali rules the fearsome warriors of Keli`anu and is building an army of ghosts. Her elite fighters are the Burning Warriors, a corps of men and women who are immune to fire.

Meke`u

Nakali’s most trusted adviser and personal kupuna, Meke`u is charismatic, practical, and diligent. Though he is still healthy, Meke`u is aging and has a salt-and-pepper beard. He is very handsome.

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