Bad things follow magic, and Raian was born with fire in his blood. The day comes when he, the social outcast of New Ashta, has the chance to earn his mark among the other warriors. But what was supposed to be a typical hunting venture becomes a struggle for survival when the bear he tracks turns out to be a shadowling of a death goddess imprisoned for centuries. Killing the creature puts Raian in the goddess’s sight, and magic may be his only shield.
A completed fantasy sitting at about 95K words.