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Summary

The past never forgets....

Three years ago, Lord Cassia disappeared in the midst of war, on a mission entrusted to him by the king. Since then, a devastating plague has swept the land, leaving countless dead and the kingdom forever altered.

Having survived a rotting prison cell and a merciless illness, Cas, now 18, wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.

When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer...one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret - one that could threaten the kingdom's newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

©2021 Makiia Lucier (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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"I love the magic Lucier weaves through this dark yet hopeful tale. I devoured it in one sitting!" (Kristin Cashore, author of the New York Times best-selling Graceling Realm books)

"A beautifully crafted novel containing everything I love in an epic fantasy: complex characters and relationships, excellent worldbuilding, and a compelling story full of twists and turns. The central characters, with their strengths and flaws, feel entirely real." (Juliet Marillier, author of the Blackthorn & Grim and Warrior Bards series)

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Great story, terrible narration

This was a highly enjoyable story, but the narrator...! Let's just say, if you can look past the terrible delivery of lines and dodgy pronunciation of certain words, you'll enjoy this. Otherwise, stick to the book itself.