The curious have a way of winding up dead.
When the Council approaches eighteen-year-old Aimee Byrne about her mother practicing illegal magecraft, she has to choose whether to protect herself and her sister, Erin, by testifying at the trial, or to protect her mother and risk being executed as a mage herself. Despite opposition from her childhood friend, Darren, Aimee decides to testify, driving a wedge between them.
Shortly after the execution, Aimee discovers Darren talking to a rebel about destroying the magical barrier around their city-state in order to save the city-state’s farmland from being drained by the magic keeping the barrier alive – a plan Aimee’s mother was instrumental in. Aimee is tempted to help because of her desire for redemption after her role in her mother’s death, but she’s inherited her mother’s seat on the Council, and carrying out their every order is the only thing keeping her and Erin alive.
[Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy]
Vantandal is the one person Calanthe can trust – until she discovers he is the one who killed her.
Seventeen-year-old Calanthe Mallea isn’t the heir her father wanted. Her sole value lies in her marriageability, and as the daughter of one of Nilea’s most powerful aristocratic families, she’s unsurprised when her father uses her to further his political ambitions by sending her to the capital to marry Ethan Calypsone, the heir to the throne.
While Ethan is a better husband than Calanthe dared hope for – he’s young and kind, not to mention handsome – he’s too preoccupied with keeping Nilea from descending into civil war to pay attention to her. Feeling lonely and powerless, Calanthe is drawn to Vantandal Orion, a young courtier whose attention makes her feel for the first time in her life like she could be more than a decoration on her husband’s arm.
Calanthe and Vantandal’s fledgling friendship is tested when Calanthe begins to have dreams of a young woman’s brutal murder – dreams she discovers aren’t actually dreams at all, but memories. Her memories, from a past life. And her murderer is Vantandal, the one person she thought she could trust – and the one person who can help her solve the mystery behind the murder before it happens again.