by Aiki Flinthart
Even steel can be broken. Alere, Mina, and Jarran race toward Madina, desperate to secure the throne. But Jun Fourth Hassan Wen-Gates’ army arrives first - with Nasra and Rohne Connor - and they pave the streets in blood. Alere’s fighting skills are useless against two powerful xintou. She must risk everything on one, slim chance or Kalima's freedom will be crushed beneath a tyrant xintou's will.