Queen Sitara and her allies, including her lover Lyser and the enigmatic Dark Mage Raze, have survived the carnage in the Court of Thorns. But escape is only the first step. With the mad queen Acanthe rampaging across Inara and a mysterious illness befalling members of her party, Sitara must return home as quickly as possible to find the necessary spells to save her world.
But the journey is fraught with peril, and both magic and allies are hard to come by. As courts around her fall one by one, Sitara must rely on new friends to help her find the answers she seeks. But not all friends can be trusted, and one false move will mean the end of Inara…forever.
When the blood settles, who will reign?