Torn between family and duty, Sanjay is home in Farashtar at the behest of his father. He resents deferring his career as a knight to obey royal obligation, but he's powerless to escape his father's influence. Sanjay soon discovers that the duke's pet project is more than aristocratic fancy, though, and the corruption lurking within the palace walls could shatter the very foundation of Sehaann.
Sanjay isn't perfect. He's a fighter, a strategist, deadly with a blade and master of his magic. He's a knight, not a saint. Despite his dishonorable past, he'd rather be remembered for his morality and not for his many transgressions. Yet, with his conscience at war with his responsibility, it's maddeningly difficult to decide where his loyalty should lie. He'll lose, no matter what he does. Mired in endless uncertainty, only one truth remains—ending up on the wrong side will cost him everything.
Only barely considered part of the Farashtaran aristocracy, Josha is used to being overshadowed by the influence and privilege of his peers. But as a knight and elite fighter of Sehaann, he wields his sword in protection of the realm, rejecting the voracious, divisive ambition that he despises. Back home for the first time in years, though, Josha comes face-to-face with the demons of his past. Someone is pulling him away from Sanjay and Josha must choose between his best friend and the fate of his country.
Sanjay and Josha have never known life without the other in it. But much has changed since the simplicity of their youth, and the pressure of political conspiracy just might tear them apart forever. If they can thwart the burgeoning treachery without succumbing to it in the process, then perhaps they can begin to right the grievous injustice threatening to topple the Sehaannian throne. And if the rampant betrayal proves too difficult to fight, then they may be forced to abandon honor just to survive.
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