Aivee, a starry-eyed half-demon, dreams of dancing her way to fame, fortune, and ultimately security. But Kaddon city has a way of swallowing people like her whole and spitting out the bones. Often not even bones, as people have been going missing without a trace from Kaddon's streets. For Aivee's friend Nori it's personal: her sister has disappeared, and she'll make the abductors pay in blood. More
In her home village, Aivee is worse than nobody. If her secret identity as a half-demon leaks out, she's dead. But in the capital city she will reinvent herself as a dancer. She'll be wealthy, and adored by thousands. Nobody will be able to hurt her.
Nori knows how cruel the city can be. She's lost her mother to its plagues, and lately her younger sister has joined the ranks of its disappeared. But she's not giving up. The ruling classes think they can treat people worse than beasts and strip them of their human rights. Powerful factions want to keep the epidemic of missing people a secret. Well, they can eat her blades.
Nori joins a group of vigilantes fighting for answers, and voices in her head urge her to recruit Aivee to the cause. These vigilantes are bumbling amateurs, as likely to get themselves killed as to save anyone. But Nori is changing, going mad, lusting for battle and remembering centuries-old conflicts. She will whip them into shape, or die trying.
Bloodthirsty gangs, inhuman mages, and dragon gods have it in for the people of Kaddon city.
Yes, Nori is mad. But she's not nearly even.
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Ros is the author of a number of works of fantasy. She lives in Lincolnshire, England, where she combines a love of politics and putting words on paper with the more serious responsibility of being a full-time cat minion.