Vaun frees a slave he thinks is one of his own, but Athadia is Alvian, the mysterious race of healers his people fear—and she senses he is one too. More
After escaping Shote oppression, the Kerf people only want peace, but unrest brews as Shotes expand into their hard-won territory. Vaun, a Kerf General, is patrolling the border lands when he saves a Kerf captive about to be raped—then discovers she’s not Kerf at all.
Athadia is Alvian, one of the mysterious healers driven out of Kerfdom by Vaun’s ancestors. Vaun’s first touch tells her he’s a Latent, not as strong as a full-blooded Alvian, but a possible mate. If she could bring herself to lie with any man, especially a superstitious Kerf, she could fulfill her vows and save her dwindling race.
Athadia’s touch promises a kind of healing that has eluded Vaun all his life, but he has broken treaty and started the war he was meant to avert. His King expects him to kill her... and he can’t bring himself to do it.