Love means sacrifice. Magic is long dead in Twelve Realms. At least this is what most believed until the life of a princess becomes the obsession of a man who defies time by stealing true beauty to sustain his life. When the thief ruins Princess Caityn, her betrothed and his knights might have a chance to save her, but what will it take? Maybe their own lives. Is love worth it?
The Twelve Realms seems an idyllic nation, but behind locked doors there are sinister powers at work. Not even the royal family of High Castle is outside their reach, and Lady Idra has unwittingly placed herself in the crosshairs of a shrewd mercenary.
A lady-in-waiting who loves a knight and refuses to let fear rule her life. A knight who must battle the demons of the past. Another who must choose between family and fealty to his king when the past comes back to haunt the Twelve Realms, bringing with it a treason that will change the future. There are powers at work none of them could begin to fathom. It will take more than courage to overcome.