An old evil threatens to rise from the depths of the warded city...
Sixteen-year-old Marianne lives a simple life as a healer in the Link, looking after her younger brother since their parents' exile. Little does she know how everything will change after attending the blessing in the city of Obanac. After her brother is wrongfully imprisoned, Marianne seeks his release from Crawford Reign, the Lord of Obanac. But she's faced with an impossible choice--the lord wants her in exchange. To save her brother she turns to the daring outlaw Robbie and his friends for help. Along with the help of Theo, the holy man's son, a daring rescue soon uncovers rumors of an old sorcerer who may still live and whispers of the phantom's curse--an evil that requires a host and seeks to destroy the world--threatening to resurface.
With the threat of an old evil rising in Obanac and the attacks of the Black Riders throughout the realm, nowhere seems safe. To save the people of the land and everyone she cares about, Marianne must unlock the secret to who she really is and embrace the mage magic that stirs within her.
"...a fast-paced, engaging first-person narrative that moves skillfully between sympathy-evoking personal experience and broad-ranging, sometimes violent action." -- Kirkus Reviews
"...a short, fun adventure about the power of friendship and family in a world where darkness is trying to destroy everything." -- The Bookish Raven