Syteria was kidnapped as a child. The Rhoans enslaved her, brainwashed and masculinized her in order to turn her into a soldier against her will. Despite this, she has not forgotten who or what she is.
House Dobromil has stood against the emperor since the beginning. For generations, they have defied tyrannical edicts and stood up for donai and humans.
The fading chaos of rebellion gives rise to a new power. Rival Houses compete for precious knowledge essential to the donai’s survival.
Lady Valeria Yedon, the emperor’s favorite assassin, thought herself free. But in the Imperium, oaths of fealty have no expiration date. The burdens of duty and honor bind everything, and everyone, together.