The Emperor's Mistress
by Michael Staton
Teenaged Stealth is an artful thief with an attitude. Hired to burgle an exiled mage’s villa, she tangles with Derrius, an apprentice mage of revoltingly noble birth. Trapped by political upheaval and their own antipathy, Stealth and Derrius undertake a mission to avert civil war. The two must learn to work together and dovetail her thieving skills and his magic.