Lidan Tolak is the fiercest of her father's daughters; more than capable of one day leading her clan. But caught between her warring parents, Lidan's world begins to unravel when another of her father's wives falls pregnant. Before she has time to consider the threat of a brother, a bloody swathe is cut through the heart of the clan and Lidan must fight, not only to prove her worth, but simply to survive.
Ranoth Olseta wants nothing more than to be a worthy successor to his father's throne. When his home is threatened by the aggressive Woaden Empire, Ran becomes his city's saviour, but powers within him are revealed by the enemy and he is condemned to death. Confused and betrayed, Ran is forced to flee his homeland, vowing to reclaim what he has lost, even if it kills him.
Facing an unknown future, and battling forces both familiar and foreign, can Lidan and Ran overcome the odds threatening to drag them into inescapable darkness?
"A brilliantly-imagined and vividly-realised novel of peril, persistence and coming-of-age." - Anna Stephens, author of Godblind and Darksoul
"A remarkably accomplished debut. Fast pacing, dynamic plotting and a convincing world of tribal conflict and dark magic." - Juliet Marillier, author of the Blackthorn & Grim series
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"Dark, stunningly well written, the best debut I've read in years." - Graham Austin-King, author of Faithless and The Riven Wyrde Saga
"One of the finest debut novels I've ever read. A stunning, annihilating, all conquering assault on the grand bastion of epic fantasy." - John Birmingham, best selling author of He Died with a Felafel in His Hand and Axis of Time trilogy
"I laughed, I cheered, I cried, and I enjoyed every moment of it." - The Fantasy Inn