The sight was far worse that she could have imagined. Inside, the cabin was a gruesome wreck. Blood littered the floor and walls, and she saw no less than ten with hideous injuries caused by the crash. One man lay impaled on a large splinter, and another lay in a pool of blood, his torso crushed. Two lanterns had smashed, and she realised that this was what had caused the blaze. The second guard lay with a large fragment of the wall through his side. She heard a feeble groan from a corner, and it occurred to her then that they had caused this – that she was responsible for the deaths of these men…
In the Wytherdom, chaos rules. The Countessa, Imogen Montya, is dead, murdered by foreign invaders from over the Sacred Mountains, and the remnants of her family, and those who support them, are forced to flee. Among them is Amelya Mariet, a kitchen maid with a knack for trouble. Her presence among them is an accident, but Amelya soon realises where her loyalties lie...
A brilliant tale of magic, royalty and discovery from the acclaimed author of 'Astrid of Scandia'.
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