"A thrilling adventure, through a vibrant city as alive as any character, about a girl willing to do anything to better her circumstances. " – Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints
Good things don't happen to girls who come from nothing...unless they risk everything.
Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solís as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.
Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there.
DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies.
To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn't want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.
Full of action, romance and dark magic, book one of debut author Francesca Flores' breathtaking fantasy duology will leave readers eager for more!
Flores's fantasy debut follows Aina Sol s, whose parents were executed for practicing diamond-channeled blood magic in the wake of Sumerand's industrial revolution. Aina spent years on the city of Kos n's streets before joining "Blood King" Kohl Pavel's tradehouse, which deals in all manner of criminal activity, and learning to fight. Now 18, she is a skilled assassin who dreams of becoming her own boss. When Kohl offers Aina a high-profile hit that will bankroll the start of her own tradehouse, she eagerly accepts; killing the wealthy diamond exporter proves more difficult than anticipated, though, even with the help of freelancer Teo Matgan. Kos n's ruling body places a bounty on Aina's head, forcing her to run not just from the Diamond Guard and those eager to collect the reward, but also from Kohl, who must protect his tradehouse's reputation. Flores's cast comprises characters of multiple ethnicities, many of whom lack complexity and verisimilitude. And though superficial worldbuilding sometimes muddies the book's message, a clever setup allows for keen insights regarding poverty, religious persecution, and cycles of violence. Ages 12 up.