by Joy Slaughter
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Pub Date 17 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2023
Commodore Cadoc Andersyn monopolizes the seas, controlling all international trade. When Brynna Dasveld, the chancellor's accountant, uncovers suspicious inventory discrepancies, she is determined to make him pay. Cadoc thwarts Brynna's attempts to seize the damning document that would prove his crimes, yet the chancellor demands results.
Meanwhile, in Gantu, Nora, a young slave, pines over Gran Messer Marcus Regá. After a brief conversation where he hints of holding revolutionary ideas, she joins the underground resistance to fight for a chance of being his equal.
Deep in the forest, Meela, the chief of the canonical witches, sneaks a kiss with Sol Frontyn, the king’s huntsman, violating the rules of her sapphic order. When a poacher threatens Sol’s life, she kills him—an act not possible for canonical witches. The effects are now eating her alive, and a cardinal witch is pursuing her.
All are bound by the Valsydian Cycle, the flow of healing and purification. If the importation and use of valsydian is disrupted, Gavony will collapse. Yet war looms, and critical decisions may lead to unexpected consequences throughout the land.