Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves. But Asra's peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina's village and the king does nothing to help. Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest — the animal she'll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina's family.
Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history — and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood. A sweeping, action-packed, and romantic fantasy full of dangerous magic and dark choices, set in the same world as Of Fire and Stars.
"Asra sets off to stop Ina, aided by Hal, a boy who burns bright with magic and awakens a spark of attraction in Asra. He may also hold the answers to Asra’s mysterious parentage and birthright, but his sister, a former assassin, is hot on their trail. Coulthurst emphasizes self-reliance, forgiveness, and the redemptive power of love in this satisfying tale of a lonely young woman, stung by betrayal, who must reconcile her ability to write the future in her own blood — and its price — with her desire for peace and a family to call her own." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||14 and up|
|Publication Date||Mar 6, 2018|
|Publisher||Balzer + Bray|