Mariel was born royal, but has spent most of her life as an outlaw, working for the Resistance???an underground organization attempting to overthrow Natric???s corrupt monarchs. When the royal grandparents who left her for dead long ago offer her the future crown, she declines, but when they threaten the life of her commoner father she is left with an impossible choice: become something she hates or watch her father die.
As Mariel fights against the new responsibilities and expectations that confine her, forgotten memories of her mother???s murder threaten her sanity and a creature who hunted her as a child returns to finish off his prey. Mariel quickly discovers that she may be a master sword-fighter, but not all enemies can be defeated with a mere blade . . .