Sisters in magic, Eolyn and Adiana seek to revive a millennial tradition once forbidden to women. When war strikes, their fledgling community of magas is destroyed; its members killed, captured or scattered. Determined to defend her people, Eolyn seeks to escape the occupied province and deliver to King Akmael a magical weapon that might secure their victory. Trapped by the invading army, Adiana is taken prisoner and placed at the mercy of the ruthless Prince Mechnes. Even as their world is torn asunder, Eolyn and Adiana cling to a common dream. Courage and perseverance guide them toward a future where women's magic will flourish in a world set free from war. But to achieve that dream, both must first be willing to offer the greatest sacrifice.
"War propels the story forward, and the characters are at their best when circumstances are at their worst." -Publishers Weekly
"The story's greatest triumph is Gastreich's prose, a consistent blend of lyrical verse and dark imagery....Lush, evocative descriptions carry readers through an unforgettable journey." -Kirkus Reviews