The Passion Fire of Oz, Part 1: Shadows Under
By Michael Conway
Directly following the events of Glinda of Oz, Princess Ozma experiences horrible nightmares of impending death and destruction of her beloved fairy country. Despite the comfort of her best friend, Dorothy Gale, and her other companions, Ozma can't shake the feeling that something bad truly is coming.
Below Oz, a demon of shadow works to destroy an artifact called the Passion Fire, an eternal flame giving people of both Oz and Earth the desire to live, work, and love.
Meanwhile, Polychrome, the Rainbow's daughter, has found herself stranded again, but this time, there is a drought in Oz, and there's no telling when the rains might come back, bringing her father with them. However, she finds comfort in the company of Na'iya, a strange young man that stirs new feelings in her.
As the Passion Fire dies, people leave their jobs and even their lovers. Emerald City noble Lye Ten Opp is the first to notice, but the rest of Oz is soon to see their desires wane and life come to a halt.
What can Ozma do in the face of this new danger?
Shadows Under Oz is the first of three serialized parts of the novel The Passion Fire of Oz. Not a trilogy, but three bite-sized parts.
The Passion Fire of Oz is also released under a generous Creative Commons license, and is the first Oz book to be released under an open license.
NOTE: While this is based upon the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, this work contains language and suggestive (but non-explicit) material meant for older teens to adults.