By Maria V. Snyder
So some distance, i have controlled to outlive. you'll imagine after being abducted as a baby, imprisoned in my children and published to develop into a poison taster, i'd have persevered sufficient. yet no. the invention of my magical abilities—powers forbidden in Ixia—has ended in an execution order. My basically probability is to escape to Sitia, my long-lost birthplace.
But Sitia is unexpected. i am handled like an enemy—even via my very own brother. Plus i cannot regulate my powers. i would like to benefit approximately my magic, yet there's not time. A rogue magician has emerged and i am distinct as his subsequent victim.
Will my magical skills store me…or be my downfall?
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