Sai Luk is more comfortable with the dead than the living. For 900 years, he’s been shepherding souls to Valhalla and keeping company with souls; careful not to let anyone breach the walls around his heart.
As a sixteen-year-old slave girl, Elpi Moros found her soul mate among the Jin's vast army. For the briefest moment, they knew happiness. But when Sai is killed on the battlefield, she drives a knife into her heart, unable to face a lifetime without him. She’s been escorting souls to the underworld ever since, enduring an eternity with a broken heart.
Destiny drove them apart, but when they're both given missions in Kayville, Oregon, their love draws them together. With competing assignments and dueling destinies, will Sai and Elpi choose to honor their masters, or their love?
Ali Cross grew up watching Bruce Lee movies and dreamed of being a kick-butt martial artist like Cynthia Rothrock. Well, she never became the kind of ninja she envisioned, but she does hold a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, one sumo dog and four zen turtles. And a cache of nunchucks, staffs, kamas and other dangerous ninja-weapons.
Ali moonlights as Alex Banks where she writes wild middle grade adventures set in the faraway places of her imagination.
Sai was a shaman in Northern China before the Jin invaded and destroyed the Laos Dynasty in the early 1100's. He looked to the spirits of ancestors to add to his wisdom and help him guide his people.
He had no way of knowing that he would one day be helping them find their way home.
I was no one special. Just a simple man with a knack for working with dead people.