Orphaned as young women, Celestia and Izara De Malena find themselves land rich but destitute, with only a failing rainforest acreage, Celestia's perfect manners, and Izara's nascent magic to their aristocratic names. With the last of their money running out, they enact a dangerous plan--using a spell she doesn't fully understand, Izara summons the Lady of the Seraphine and demands a favor: a husband for Celestia, one rich enough to enable the De Malena sisters to keep their land. But a favor from the river goddess always comes at a cost...
Now, five years later, rumors of war and disease are spreading, Celestia's husband has been called away on a secret mission for the Emperor, and the Lady of the Seraphine is back to collect her due. Izara will be forced to leave the academy where she has been studying to become a mage; Celestia will be pulled from her now-flourishing farm while newly pregnant with her first child. Together, they must repay their debt to the Lady--embarking on a mission that will put them on a collision course with Celestia's husband, the Emperor, and a god even more powerful than the Lady of the Seraphine.
Gorgeous, compelling, and utterly captivating, The Beholden
follows Celestia and Izara as they journey from the lush rainforest to a frozen desert on an impossible quest to find a god who doesn't want to be found and prevent the end of the world.
About the Author
Cassandra Rose Clarke is the author of Star's End, Our Lady of the Ice, and The Mad Scientist's Daughter, as well as several novels for young adults. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from The University of Texas at Austin, and attended Clarion West in 2010. Her work has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, and YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults.