A reluctant king. A swordswoman with a secret. A plot that could destroy them both.

When Siv Amintelle ascends the throne of Vertigon, he’s condemned to the drudgery of council meetings, strategic marriages, and the intrigues of ambitious noblemen. There aren’t nearly enough sharp, pointy objects involved, and a certain swordswoman makes him want to abandon his duties at every opportunity. But the Peace of Vertigon is over, and unknown foes conspire to end Siv’s reign before it truly begins.

Dara Ruminor takes her new position as a Castle Guard very seriously. She refuses to allow her feelings for Siv to get in the way of protecting him, no matter how hard it is to keep her distance. But she’s keeping secrets from her king—and the one involving a fiery newfound ability is getting harder to hide.

As their enemies’ plots intensify, Dara and Siv seek help from an unlikely source. But if her secrets get out, Dara will have bigger problems than thwarting assassinations. And Siv might decide not to trust her after all.

Return to Vertigon in this epic tale full of court intrigue, sword fights, magic training sequences, and forbidden romance! Find it on Kindle, paperback, and audiobook, or check out the gorgeous special edition hardcover
, which features a countour map of Vertigon, a brief history of the Three Good Kings, and Siv Amintelle’s beautiful face.

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The original 2016 cover design still appears on the paperback edition!