was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the
Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in
service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the
temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests,
preparing for the day when the queen perishes — and the ice and fire find a
new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to
But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals — some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.