This is a fun adventure, a welcome return to this land with its unusual system of blessings, intriguing elemental magics, and engaging primes and ruling family.”—Locus
Leah Frothen has spent five years in self-imposed exile, recovering from a failed relationship and hating herself for abandoning her baby daughter. Now she’s back in Welce, determined to find her place in society and learn to be a mother to her little girl. Life quickly becomes complicated when the regent asks her to spy on mysterious ambassadors from a visiting nation and when an old friend unexpectedly shows up, wrestling with demons from his own past. Leah finds herself developing a dangerous friendship with an unscrupulous foreign woman and falling in love with a man she’s not even sure she can trust. And soon she learns that everyone—her regent, her lover, and even her daughter—have secrets that could save the nation, but might very well break her heart.
My favorite scene:
The one where Leah hosts a small get-together for the visiting prince, and Zoe and Nelson show and cause trouble. Because it’s always fun to see the primes stirring up chaos.
Leah owns a shop where she sells foreign goods, including hard candies called keitzees that have an alcoholic kick. Every time I would write a scene that included keitzees, I would have to have a margarita. Meanwhile, if I were doing a soundtrack for this book, I’d have to include the Dixie Chicks’ “How Long Do You Want to Be Loved?” as the song Leah would choose for Mally.