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FIFTEEN YEARS OF PEACE-SHATTERED BY A SMALL VOICE
Peace marks Queen Arianna's rule of the Fey Empire. Until a war begins inside her. A mysterious presence tries to take over her mind-one of the most magical and powerful brains in all of Blue Isle.
The only person who can help her? Her brother Gift, the legitimate heir to the Fey Empire. He doesn't know enough magic to save her, but he will find someone who can.
But the Black Throne itself has other ideas. It wants Gift to rule the Fey. To do so, he must betray his family, betray his heritage, betray everything he believes in.
If his sister loses control of the Fey, then the entire world will plunge into war. Will Gift allow that? Or will he step into his position as the rightful ruler of the Fey? Will he destroy the world or destroy his family? Will he let the Black Throne win?
USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, krisdelake.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com, fictionriver.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.