A Wind out of Escalon by Callan Primer
Approx. 20,400 words.
Published on February 26, 2012.
The lords of Escalon, the fabulous city hidden beneath the Burnt Lands, were connoisseurs, both of art and people. They sent their agents to the lands of Day, Night, and Indigo collecting the beautiful and the talented, whether they were willing or not. But then they "collect" Alice Standish, and their comfortable life may not survive the mistake.
A novella in the Winds of Halflight series.