From the author of the Mask of Shadows duology comes a standalone fantasy where two young women must trade lives, work together to stay alive, and end a war caused by magic and greed.
Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.
Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.
Emilie and Annette swap lives--Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician's assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.
But when their nation instigates a terrible war, Emilie and Annette come together to help the rebellion unearth the truth before it's too late.
"A bursting-at-the-seams stand-alone empowerment story."--Kirkus Reviews
"Hand to any lover of magic, rebellion, secrets, and self-discovery."--Booklist
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"Miller (Mask of Shadows duology) packs several complex and nuanced themes into one stand-alone, heart-wrenching tale...it will absorb readers completely. Hand to any lover of magic, rebellion, secrets, and self-discovery." - Booklist
"[A] provocative fantasy...[Miller's] protagonists' awareness of privilege and desire to challenge the status quo shines through. LGBTQ representation-including gay, trans, and nonbinary characters (Annette identifies as asexual biromantic)-further widens this tale's appeal. " - Publishers Weekly
"Fast-paced fantasy with a pair of determined female protagonists. A welcome twist on the tropes of sword and sorcery novels." - School Library Journal
" A well-imagined world, with richly drawn characters with much LGBTQ diversity." - Youth Services Book Review
"An evocative and thought provoking tale of rebellion, magic, and love." - The Nerd Daily