"Reid is proving himself to be one of the best up-and-coming authors in the Forgotten Realms universe." -- fantasy-fan.org
Aliisza has spent years of her life imprisoned in Celestia, even bearing a child—who was then stolen from her and raised by angels. All because her lover, Kaanyr Vhok, had a plan to get into Celestia that he didn't feel like telling her about. A plan that used her like a pawn and afforded her and her unborn child no respect or consideration. A plan that has gone horribly awry, leaving both Vhok and herself in Celestia at the mercy of the same angel who kept her captive and his partner—the son he stole from her and raised himself.
Tauran, an angel of the god of justice who dwells in Celestia, was sure that everyone can learn to be good. But Aliisza is certainly trying his divine patience. He thought she'd learned something, but she betrayed his charity and used his trust as a chance to bring another demon into the heavens. Unfortunately, the two demons are the least of his concerns at the moment.
The absent member of the demons' party is far more than he appears. A priest of the god of murder and lies, he has played all who have crossed his path with expert skill in order to realize some dark design -- the full import of which Tauran cannot yet see. But Tauran is convinced that Aliisza and Vhok are key to stopping the priest -- if only he can convince them to help him, against their will and against the will of his god. How far can an angel go against the will of his god to serve him?
The schemes of the gods of the Forgotten Realms world run deep and deadly, with righteous angels and vile demons alike played like pawns. But when the stakes are high enough to make an angel question his god and a demon think of saving something beyond her own skin, even a demon can find common cause with an angel. The Empyrean Odyssey begins with The Gossamer Plain and continues with The Crystal Mountain.
Thomas M. Reid's lifelong dream was to be a professional couch flopper, but those plans were dashed when his father announced that he was "no longer on the payroll" after he graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in swing-set construction (also known as a BA in History). Thomas was instead forced into a nomadic lifestyle, gathering berries and catching fish with his bare hands in such places as Indiana, Wisconsin, and Washington State. Today, Thomas pretends to be a freelance author and editor in the Texas Hill Country, living on a quarter-acre cat ranch along with his beautiful (and patient) wife Teresa and their three boys, Aidan, Galen, and Quinton. To his great delight, he has rediscovered the joys of the couch when he's supposed to be working.