She has the magic to save her friends—but it’ll cost their trust to use it…
Lallie Nonsire Cobbleson is no stranger to prejudice. Between her heritage and her childhood spent in an orphanage, she knows full well how most folks like people they find strange. So when her friend, the illegitimate Evonalé Yunan, gets a crown and a husband, it doesn’t surprise Lallie that assassins soon follow.
Assassins that Lallie can assassinate in return, if she wants to. If she dares admit what she’s become.
But folks fear and hate what she is with good reason. Mages, folks who use magic, commonly go insane, and Lallie’s magic is far stronger than most. Strong enough that it’s taken control of her before, and done things she never would.
Protecting her friend the queen will force Lallie to stop playing human and to admit what she is, abandoning the only life she’s known. And that’s only if she survives the friends whose trust she’ll shatter by admitting her lies—and the magic she’ll have to use in doing it.