History student Aria Forsyth’s studies lead her to dangerous questions about the Empire’s origins. A mysterious man named Owen, impervious to the winter cold, further unravels the safety of the world she thought she knew. At first, Aria believes Owen is human. He says he’s not. What if they’re both wrong?
A moment’s compassion draws her into a conflict between human and inhuman, natural and supernatural, and she begins to discover the secrets of the Empire, the Fae, and what it means to be human.
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“…by turns, captivating and heartbreaking. An excellent story with twists and turns aplenty.”
“It has been a long time since I’ve read a fantasy novel in which the magical element seems legitimately alien and marvelous. But this book has it, and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.”
“This grabbed me from the start and held on all the way to the end! Aria and Owen are both complex and lovable and full of surprises.”
“This is an incredible start to a new series that I already can tell I won’t want to end. C.J. Brightley masterfully blends fantasy with an urban dystopia into a story that will leave you turning pages to the detriment of whatever else you’re meant to be doing. If you’re looking for something completely new but with enough familiar elements (uniquely treated) to get you started, this is an excellent choice.”