"A RIVETING AND GORGEOUSLY WRITTEN TALE." --Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch's Heart
"SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT." --Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun
"RAISES THE BAR FOR WHAT EPIC FANTASY SHOULD BE." --Chloe Gong, author of These Violent Delights
A ruthless princess and a powerful priestess come together to rewrite the fate of an empire in this "fiercely and unapologetically feminist tale of endurance and revolution set against a gorgeous, unique magical world" (S. A. Chakraborty).
Exiled by her despotic brother, princess Malini spends her days dreaming of vengeance while imprisoned in the Hirana: an ancient cliffside temple that was once the revered source of the magical deathless waters but is now little more than a decaying ruin.
The secrets of the Hirana call to Priya. But in order to keep the truth of her past safely hidden, she works as a servant in the loathed regent's household, biting her tongue and cleaning Malini's chambers.
But when Malini witnesses Priya's true nature, their destines become irrevocably tangled. One is a ruthless princess seeking to steal a throne. The other a powerful priestess seeking to save her family. Together, they will set an empire ablaze. "An intimate, complex, magical study of empire and the people caught in its bloody teeth. It's about resistance and power, histories both personal and political, and the heroes who must become monsters to survive. I loved it."
--Alix E. Harrow, author of The Once and Future Witches "This powerful series opener will undoubtedly reshape the landscape of epic fantasy for years to come."
(starred review) "A fierce, heart-wrenching exploration of the value and danger of love in a world of politics and power."