In an epic political fantasy unlike any other, two women clash in a world full of rebellion, espionage, and military might on the far outreaches of a crumbling desert empire.
Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought.
Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet's edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne.
Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren't for sale.
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“Rasha Zamamiri…nails accents and from time to time even sounds like a different narrator as she gives this story a surprising vibrancy. The voice she creates for Touraine steals the show with its deep sense of inner struggle, but each person Touraine comes across sounds equally vivid…All is voiced by an incredible—and perfectly suited—narrator. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”