The wolves smelled milk on her.
...And they came.
Alkaia is not a weak woman. She was chosen to lead her fearsome women warriors because of her strength, and she has brought them back from near extinction because of it.
Now she has dared rescue a man she has come to love from inevitable execution, and she faces exile for that unforgiveable crime. The custom dictates she be driven from her lands into the wilds naked and with nothing to help her survive.
They think her death is inevitable, but she didn't rise to power because she gives in to hardship.
No. Hardship only makes her stronger.
But this fight might be her toughest yet. She's newly delivered of twins and as a woman at the end of her child-bearing years, it was a difficult delivery. She nearly died then. She doesn't plan to die now.
Except she's burdened by an infant son.
And the wolves are closing in.
If she's to survive, she must find a way to use the boy's vulnerability to turn the odds in her favor. Can she find a way to beat those odds without paying too high a price, or will the woods hold a threat more frightening than a pack of beasts, and soften the heart she has spent a lifetime hardening?
If you love stories about strong women struggling to find their way to enlightenment and self-fulfillment even as they navigate worlds of magic and intrigue, then this story is for you.
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