Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times best-selling author of the Bardic Voices series and the Serrated Edge series (both from Baen), the Heralds of Valdemar series, and many more. Among her popular Baen titles are The Fire Rose, The Lark and the Wren, and also The Shadow of the Lion and Burdens of the Dead with Eric Flint and Dave Freer. She lives in Oklahoma. Cody Martin is a coauthor with Mercedes Lackey of five other books in the metahero saga The Secret World Chronicles. He is also the coauthor of the previous entry in The Serrated Edge series, Silence. He is an avid gamer, but spends his extra time chained to a computer, writing. Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, he currently resides in Florida.