Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne. Every generation, a single haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.
Upon her Ascension, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets, uncovering a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.
Raised on rumors about Boreal’s sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’haidren to the House of Darakai, is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with Luscia to secure his claim against the threat of a rising rival.
Following a stream of innocent bloodshed, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, peace should never be trusted.