Vendetta (A Marona Novel)
When master thief Tasana witnesses a murder, she's caught up in an ancient blood feud that leaves an orphaned boy in her care. With nowhere to hide, Tasana turns to the underbelly for help, but their protection comes with a price: she must steal the Dragon's Tear from the palace. Reluctantly, she agrees, but betrayal lurks in every shadow, and the assassin on her tail is getting closer... More
The ancient Kalaki people ravaged the Ronguil's lands. They murdered their loved ones and stole their children. Facing extinction, the Ronguil transformed, becoming as wicked as their attackers. Now, peaceful nations thrive on progress, while the descendants are stuck in their war, bound by their ancient blood feud.
Thieves don't get involved in all that messy business. History just makes artifacts worth more. That's what Tasana believed for a long time, up until a four-year-old boy's parents are murdered before her—and the boy's—eyes. The warrior who killed them won't stop there. The boy is the last Kalaki, and with his death, the ancient blood feud will be at an end.
Tasana refuses to let that happen. Risking her criminal reputation, she takes the boy and flees, seeking a sanctuary from the hordes of Ronguil dogging their heels. She might have found safety with Peladorius, an acquaintance of the boy's late father. There's just one catch: Peladorius needs the Dragon's Tear, a treasured heirloom of the royal family, for his boss. If she can pull off the heist of the century, then the boy—and her reputation—will be safe from the Ronguil’s vendetta.