Book two of the Blessings of Gaia Series


by Robert Balmanno

Paperback / $15.95 / ISBN-13: 978-1-58790-203-1 / 349 pages / 5.5” x 8.5”




Iona: daughter of a brilliant father who changed the Earth’s weather and a martyred mother who led rebels against the despotic Gaia Dome theocrats. Reared in secret by a hermit, she crossed the dead zone to seek out the destiny her parents had planned for her years before. Kull: son of slaves, privileged ward of a Dome ruler, reluctant solo seafarer to troubled shores, and guerilla tactician. Together, they would gather a force of ragtag rebels who are determined to wrest their freedom from a corrupt Gaia and totalitarian clergy and bring a ravaged planet back to life.


Runes of Iona is book two of  the four book The Blessings of Gaia series. September Snow, published in 2006, is book one. (Book three, Embers of the Earth) and book four, Auger’s Touchstone are forthcoming).  In the world of September Snow global warming and climate change have been rife for decades. Gaia, a new religion, originally devoted to preserving the Earth, has been perverted. A draconian regime controls everything – even the weather. September, a woman of intellect and physical prowess, leads a rebellion. She seeks to save the planet from an evil system, so the healing process of Earth can begin. A futuristic, dystopian story where mankind and the physical life of the planet are on a collision course. Runes of Iona continues the story.



Robert Balmanno has worked as a library specialist in a Silicon Valley library for 23 years. He is a trade union activist and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. Balmanno earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and did post-graduate work at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the University of London, King’s College.

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