By Beth Winegarner
Published: July 17, 2011.
In the city of Damas, young Kirin is left in the care of her older brother. After a charismatic, tyrannical king takes control, capitalism and slavery are forced on the city's people. As Kirin grows from a child of seven to a young woman of seventeen, her tale unfolds with war, love, honor, and betrayal. She learns the value of family -- and history.