It’s been three hundred years since the world was obliterated by mages in a world war – three hundred years since Alma, the last city-state standing, sealed its borders and eradicated magic.
Until the day eighteen-year-old Aimee Byrne’s mother is burned at the stake as a mage.
Whispers follow Aimee as she ascends to her mother’s seat on Alma’s oligarchic ruling council, and Aimee is determined to prove to everyone that she is what her mother was not: loyal to Alma. This resolve is tested, however, when Darren Ryan, a fur trader and the only child of the Council’s leader, comes forward with the real reason for Aimee’s mother’s execution: she was involved with a group of rebels who uncovered the truth about their world, a truth that could undo everything that has kept Alma alive for the past three centuries. The same group of rebels headed by Darren, who wants her to take up her mother’s crusade for the truth.
Despite her loyalty to Alma, Aimee is curious to know who her mother really was and why she was so willing to die. But if there’s one thing Aimee can’t afford, it’s curiosity.
The curious have a way of ending up dead.
[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.