In her national bestselling Black Jewels novels, Anne Bishop’s “surefire spell craft… leave[s] readers’ hearts pounding.”* Now her “feverish pacing and terrifying twists” (*Publishers Weekly) are showcased once again. In a tumultuous world ruled by witches and warlocks who wear their power as jewels, one Queen’s chance at redemption is the last hope for a desperate people…

Dena Nehele is a land decimated by its past. Once it was ruled by corrupt Queens who were wiped out when the land was cleansed of tainted Blood. Now, only one hundred Warlord Princes stand — without a leader and without hope…

Theran Grayhaven is the last of his line, desperate to find the key that reveals a treasure great enough to restore Dena Nehele. But first he needs to find a Queen who knows Protocol, remembers the Blood’s code of honor, and lives by the Old Ways.

Languishing in the Shadow Realm, Lady Cassidy is a Queen without a court, a castoff. She is not beautiful. She thinks she is not strong. But when she is chosen to rule Dena Nehele, she must convince bitter men to serve once again.

Theran’s cousin Gray is a Warlord Prince who was damaged in mind and body by the vicious Queens who once ruled Dena Nehele. Yet something about Cassidy makes him want to serve — and makes him believe he can be made whole once again.

And only Cassidy can prove to Gray — and to herself — that wounds can heal and even the whisper of a promise can be fulfilled…

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Release date: February 20, 2009
Genres: fantasy > high fantasy, romance
Average rating: 6/10
Total ratings: 1
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