Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls train to be proper ladies, Rachel trains to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan — the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the one who handed her heart right back to her. And so Rachel decides to escape and find her father herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to Baalboden’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by assassins out for blood and a monster that can't be killed, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that could start a war decades in the making.
C. J. Redwine lives in Nashville, TN.