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**The first book in the new historical fantasy series from the author of Half Bad**
A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief.
Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.
Five nations destined for conflict.
In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner's block.
In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town.
And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.
As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.
Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?
The perfect new YA fantasy series for fans of The Red Queen, Game of Thrones and Sarah J Maas.
In this first volume in a fantasy trilogy from the author of the Half Bad books, Princess Catherine of Brigant loves a soldier, Ambrose, but her tyrannical father, King Aloysius, insists that she marry Prince Tzsayn of Pitoria. Catherine knows that Aloysius has designs on his brother Thelonius s kingdom of Calidor, but she s uncertain how her nuptials factor into his scheme. Ambrose suspects that the king is plotting something nefarious, but since Aloysius recently executed Ambrose s sister for treason, an investigation could prove deadly. Also in the mix are orphan Tash, who possesses an illicit substance that might be the key to defeating Aloysius, and Thelonius s bastard son, Edyon. Edyon believes that March, a refugee, is taking him to meet his father; instead, March plans to sell Edyon to Aloysius. After a scattered start, Green s latest finds its footing and will hold readers rapt until the harrowing conclusion. The romance is secondary to the action, and some of the supporting characters, especially the villains, lack dimension, but Catherine is a fully fleshed heroine whose storyline advocates self-empowerment and independent thought. Ages 14 up.