The Protector is dead. The Machinists are rejoicing – except one. Lady Han is a legend, a fierce leader who took the resistance and made it a force to reckon with. But Hekate has been the centre of her life since she was a girl…
After a slaughter at a remote research institute, Tensor Chuwan Sariman is assigned to find out what really happened. But her investigation is stymied at every turn – by the Tensorate itself. What were they really studying? What do the authorities have to hide?
In the wake of tragedy, Mokoya the former seeress has abandoned her family and joined a mercenary group who hunt naga. Stalked by grief, she struggles to care about Akeha’s concerns or the slow-burning rebellion. But even in the outer marches of the Protectorate, there are causes worth dying for.
Akeha and Mokoya are the twin children of the Protector, sold to the Grand Monastery in exchange for military support. But Mokoya is a prophet, a resource too valuable for their mother to let go, while Akeha has the heart of a rebel. In a country ruled by fear, can they find peace for themselves – let alone for the rest of their people?