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By Cinda Williams Chima

Times are difficult within the mountain urban of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do virtually something to eke out a residing for himself, his mom, and his sister Mari.  paradoxically, the only factor of price he has is anything he can’t sell.  for so long as Han can consider, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes.  They’re basically magicked—as he grows, they develop, and he’s by no means been in a position to get them off.  

While out looking sooner or later, Han and his extended family pal, Dancer seize 3 younger wizards environment fireplace to the sacred mountain of Hanalea.   After a war of words, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the excessive Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it opposed to them.  Han quickly learns that the amulet has an evil history—it as soon as belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who approximately destroyed the realm a millennium ago.  With a paranormal piece that strong at stake, Han is aware that the Bayars will cease at not anything to get it back.  

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, Princess inheritor of the Fells, has her personal battles to fight.  She’s simply lower back to court docket after three years of relative freedom along with her father’s kin at Demonai camp – driving, looking, and dealing the well-known extended family markets.  Although Raisa turns into eligible for marriage after her 16th name-day, she isn't watching for buying and selling in her good judgment and new abilities for etiquette tutors and stuffy events.  

Raisa desires to be greater than an decoration in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the mythical warrior queen who killed the Demon King and stored the area. however it feels like her mom has different plans for her--plans that include a suitor who is going opposed to every little thing the Queendom stands for.

The Seven geographical regions will tremble whilst the lives of Han and Raisa collide in this gorgeous new page-turner from bestselling writer Cinda Williams Chima.

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He ran out of phrases back and stared down at his arms. That wasn’t rather an issue she desired to check with Amon Byrne. “Never brain Micah,” Raisa stated. “He’s simply used to getting his personal approach. yet something’s happening. I simply haven’t discovered what, but. i want buddies i will belief. i want an individual on my aspect. ” “I’m in your facet, Rai,” Amon acknowledged quietly. “Always. you recognize that. ” Raisa took his hand in hers. “Then support me. ” He eyed her warily. “Help you ways? ” “I desire eyes and ears. i must comprehend what’s occurring— within the queendom, within the Wizard Council condominium on grey woman Mountain, far and wide. i believe like a canary in a cage. I see basically the 4 partitions round me, and in the meantime the citadel is surrounded and my enemies are ultimate in. ” “What? ” He gazed into her face, without doubt trying to find indicators of insanity or drink. “What are you conversing approximately? ” “You understand the blooded queens have visions occasionally that foretell the long run. ” Amon nodded. “Well, i think the way in which I did the day of the hearth on Hanalea. I’m trapped, with the flames dashing towards me and nowhere to head. ” “Well. ” Amon cleared his throat. “How are you able to inform if it’s a real imaginative and prescient? I suggest, i've got nightmares occasionally, yet that’s all they're. ” “It’s attainable that I’m imagining things,” Raisa stated. “But I can’t take that opportunity. ” “Have you instructed the queen? feels like that’d be where to begin. ” “The factor is, i believe she might be a part of the problem,” Raisa acknowledged. “I’ve attempted to speak along with her, and we simply turn out arguing. ” Her voice trailed off at Amon’s conflicted expression. She and Amon had continually shared grievances with one another. yet now it felt as if she have been asking him to facet along with her opposed to the queen he’d sworn himself to. “That’s no longer a lot to head on. A feeling,” he stated eventually. “And the bizarre method individuals are acting,” Raisa argued. “My mom went on and at the different day approximately how I shouldn’t marry a southerner, that issues are only too unsettled down there. ” “Maybe it’s simply jitters approximately you aging, making your debut, etc. ” Amon prolonged his arms, fingers up. “All mom and dad have hassle with that. I keep in mind whilst my sister, Lydia, had her identify day. Da interrogated and terrorized any boy who got here close to her. ” “I don’t recognize. while, it kind of feels like she’s in a rush for me to get married. She says she’d wish to see issues settled, that she is probably not round an excessive amount of longer, like might be she understands whatever I don’t. even if I’ve now not reached my identify day and there’s no candidate in sight. ” “You stated it wouldn’t be for years and years,” Amon stated, nearly accusingly. Raisa shrugged. “If i've got something to assert approximately it. ” She shuddered. “I don’t are looking to get married. I’m merely fifteen years outdated. ” “Well, I’m simply seventeen,” Amon stated. “And I’m going again to the academy within the fall. What do you need me to do? Who do you need me to secret agent on? ” “Not secret agent, precisely. for example, i am getting details from Demonai Camp that I don’t get from at any place else. They don’t flatter me. They don’t deal with me like an empty-headed icon.

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