Book One: The Song of the Marked
A fabled mercenary suffering from a strange illness.
The handsome but infuriating man who may be the key to finding the cure.
And a world falling into shadows around them…
The Kethran Empire is dying.
For years, a sickness has been trickling down from the eastern mountains. Now it floods wider and deeper into the land than ever before, killing hundreds at a time and further destabilizing an already unsteady empire.
Casia is one of the Fade-Marked—one of the few people who caught this sickness and lived to tell the tale. Why she survived is a mystery even to her and the outcast crew of mercenaries she calls her family.
The questions surrounding her existence make her an intriguing target for the young king-emperor of Kethra, who claims he wants to work alongside her to solve the mystery of the Fading Sickness. But his idea of working alongside her unfortunately includes pairing her with the arrogant leader of his so-called Peace Keepers, Captain Elander, and sending the two of them on one dangerous investigative mission after the other.
This Captain Elander has secrets of his own: A past that Cas can’t seem to uncover, a strange yet alluring brand of magic, and a deep distrust of the very monarch that he’s sworn to serve. But as the bodies pile up and strange monsters begin to wreak havoc throughout the realms, Cas and Elander will have to work together whether they like it or not.
Because one thing is clear: Something ancient and evil is stirring in those eastern mountains, and the empire may not survive its full unleashing.
But how can they save a world already stained by so much blood and darkness, where nothing and no one is what they seem to be— including Cas herself?
Return to the unique universe of myth and magic first introduced in the bestselling Serpents and Kings trilogy with this first book in a brand new series—or visit that world for the first time! You do not need to have read any of the Serpents and Kings books to read this one. All you need to enjoy this new series is a love of fierce heroines, epic world building, enemies-to-lovers romance, and breathtaking adventure.
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