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In the first of a new spin-off series, Jeffe Kennedy returns to the fantasy world of the critically acclaimed The Twelve Kingdoms series to follow fan favorite librarian Dafne on a quest for truth. But when she's captured by a barbarian king, she may not be able to complete her mission...

Magic has broken free over the Twelve Kingdoms. The population is beset by shapeshifters and portents, landscapes that migrate, uncanny allies who are not quite human...and enemies eager to take advantage of the chaos.

Dafne Mailloux is no adventurer--she's a librarian. But the High Queen trusts Dafne's ability with languages, her way of winnowing the useful facts from a dusty scroll, and even more important, the subtlety and guile that three decades under the thumb of a tyrant taught her.

Dafne never thought to need those skills again. But she accepts her duty. Until her journey drops her into the arms of a barbarian king. He speaks no tongue she knows but that of power, yet he recognizes his captive as a valuable pawn. Dafne must submit to a wedding of alliance, becoming a prisoner-queen in a court she does not understand. If she is to save herself and her country, she will have to learn to read the heart of a wild stranger. And there are more secrets written there than even Dafne could suspect...

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781496704245

    June 15, 2016

    Kensington

    RRP $16.99

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Also by Jeffe Kennedy

The Edge Of The Blade
Master of the Opera
The Twelve Kingdoms

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