Jael Furyck is Brekka’s greatest warrior, destined to be the queen, but when her father dies, her uncle steals the throne. And now he plans to marry her off, eager to remove the threat she poses to his reign and keen to forge an alliance with his arch enemy that will fill his empty coffers with gold.
Eadmund Skalleson is broken-hearted by grief, sinking further into an ale-pit of despair. But his father is out of patience. He wants Eadmund to return, to be the heir to the throne he so desperately needs. Before it’s too late. Before he has no choice but to turn to an unthinkable alternative.
And as the scheming kings of Brekka and Oss embrace their newfound alliance, plotting to conquer their rich southern neighbours, Jael and Eadmund find themselves desperately searching for an escape from the fast-approaching destiny that neither of them wants.
A destiny planned by the gods themselves.