About the Book
Author: Sarah Delena
Genre: Dark Fantasy / Steampunk
A mortal alchemist. A faerie king. A bond that transcends death.
Betrayed by a trusted mentor, Sylvie Imanthiya hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. She lives for the one night each season when she can see her dearest friend—a man whose destiny is far above hers.
King Taylan Ashkalabek knows better than to exchange halayda vows with a mortal. Even their friendship is a risk; love is an impossible dream. Then a brutal alchemical attack poisons his realm, unearthing a dark power within him—and leaving Sylvie with the ancient mark of Faerie’s savior.
Manifesting unpredictable abilities and aided by allies with their own secrets, Sylvie and Taylan journey into the wilds of Faerie to heal the damage and confront Casimir, an invincible star-fae determined to claim the realm as his own. But only their enemy knows Sylvie’s true capabilities—and Taylan’s weaknesses—and how to use them in his vicious schemes.
Her fate is life. His fate is death. With Faerie in the balance, Sylvie and Taylan must stand together before reality as they know it is destroyed.
Sylvie sighed. “Zad, what am I doing?”
“You’re packing a bag and going on an adventure.” Zad’s tone held concern, but his black eyes were bright. He folded his arms and leaned against the door frame.
“You say that like it’s a jaunt through the storm drains. I can’t go off on a wild quest just because Taylan thinks I’m some magical savior.”
“Why not? You seemed magical enough yesterday. Besides, ‘a jaunt through the storm drains’ is nothing to scoff at. I’ve seen you hold your own against some of the toughest dealers on the black market.”
“Thanks, Zad, but that’s different. I grew up here in the slums. I’ve never even set foot in Faerie. What if…” Sylvie swallowed. “What if I’m wrong, and I can’t actually help?”
“If you stay here, you definitely won’t help. What do you have to lose?”
Sarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is also the Benevolent Firebird (acquisitions editor) for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found making jewelry, singing Irish ballads, drinking tea, and working a variety of odd jobs. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.