1575: Nelan Michaels is a young Flemish man fleeing religious persecution in the Spanish Netherlands.
Settling in Mortlake outside London, he studies under Queen Elizabeth's court astrologer, conjuring a bright future - until he's wrongly accused of murder.
Forced into the life of a fugitive, Nelan is dramatically pressed into the crew of the Golden Hind. Thrust into a strange new world on board Francis Drake's vessel, Nelan sails the seas on a voyage to discover discovery itself.
Encountering mutiny, ancient tribes and hoards of treasure, Nelan must explore and master his own mystical powers - including the Mark of the Salamander, the mysterious spirit of fire. The Mark of the Salamander is the first in The Island of Angels series: a two-book saga that tells the epic story and secret history of England's coming of age during the Elizabethan era.
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