Jemeryl and Tevi's relationship is put to the test when the Guardian sends Jemeryl on a mission that not only puts her in harm's way, but back into the sites of a previous lover.
The Protectorate of Lyremouth promises liberty for all its citizens, but this does not mean that everyone is equal. When Jemeryl is summoned alone to Lyremouth, she suspects a ploy to separate her from her lover, Tevi. After all, many disapprove of their relationship - not because they are both women, but because Jemeryl is a sorcerer and Tevi is not. The objections reflect the distrust, disdain, and outright hostility across the social divide, between those who can work magic and the ungifted majority. The task Jemeryl is given, to track down an ex-lover who has turned renegade on the Coven, does nothing to assuage her doubts. However, old bonds of affection are enough to make her accept the assignment, even though she is sure that she has been told only half the true story.
But Jemeryl is wrong - she has not been told even a tenth of it, and whatever the Guardian's intentions, when Jemeryl does not return, nobody can stop Tevi from going after her.
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