Sonekha is located just east of the mountain range that runs along Tanas‘s western coast. Like all cities on Tanas, it is laid out in a perfect grid, with all blocks and buildings identical, the streets named by letters or numbers. The city is mostly known for its prison of the same name, built within a converted gold mine within the forest between the city and the mountains. The prison and much of the city were destroyed in the Collision event of 3458. Sonekha is also the site of the Pit, a mass grave for the dead citizens of Tanas. Bodies are dumped into the Pit and periodically burned, though the proximity to the river Pascatin means bacteria and diseases from the bodies infiltrate the river, thus polluting the public water supply to the south, necessitating the use of boiler plants to make the water safe for consumption.
After the destruction of the starglass Gate in Vhais, it left just one Gate remaining on Tanas, hidden away on a mountainside just west of Sonekha. It was through this Gate that Benash and the rebels escaped in The Prisoner, and leads to its partner Gate on Benash’s property, The Gateway, in the hills just outside New Haven, Agoran.
Sonekha is featured/mentioned in:
- The Prisoner (Shifting Isles Series, Book 1)
- S.P.I.R.I.T. Division (Shifting Isles Series, Book 2)
- Return to Tanas (Shifting Isles Series, Book 3)