Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isnât found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesnât mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, sheâll be free.Â
Elanâs family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but itâs Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well.Â
But why would a slaveâabused, beaten, and treated as less than humanâwant to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.Â
Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the realmâs slaves are freed. Then Elanâs father arrives. The rulerâs cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not changeâand that Jae will remain a slave forever.
"Ferocious and intelligent." âKirkus Reviews
"Allenâs lush debut mixes current, pressing questions with fantasy while exploring systematic injustice and historical oppression...readers will clamor for the sequel." âPublishers Weekly
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