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When countryboy Teo arrives in the coastal city of Tabat, he finds it a hostile place, particularly to a boy hiding an enormous secret. It’s also a city in turmoil, thanks to an ancient accord to change governments and the rising demands of Beasts, the Unicorns, Dryads, Minotaurs and other magical creature on whose labor and bodies Tabat depends. And worst of all, it’s a city dedicated to killing Shifters, the race whose blood Teo bears.
When his fate becomes woven with that of Tabat’s most famous gladiator, Bella Kanto, his existence becomes even more imperiled. Kanto’s magical battle determines the weather each year, and the wealthy merchants are tired of the long winters she’s brought. Can Teo and Bella save each other from the plots that are closing in on them from all sides?
“A fainting world of magic, intrigue, and revolution.” —Publisher’s Weekly
In this fantasy series opener, Rambo (Near + Far) introduces a fascinating world of magic, intrigue, and revolution. When young Teo's parents trade him to the temple in Tabat in exchange for magical healing for their ailing daughter, Teo is far from happy. Fortunately Tabat is also home to his hero, the mighty gladiator Bella Kanto, Winter's warrior, who has fought a yearly match with Spring to determine when the seasons change. Bella has won for the past 20 years, and Tabat's citizens are sick of long winters. Additional tension roils over the rights of Beasts (intelligent and semi-intelligent magical creatures such as fairies, minotaurs, gryphons, and centaurs) and an upcoming election. As various factions vie for control, Bella and Teo are caught in the middle of the simmering rebellion. Although the story, dense with details and backstory, moves slowly and ends on an unsatisfying cliffhanger, the host of colorful characters and conflicting motives offer a promising start to a distinctive fantasy series.