Life as a thief is dangerous.
Life as a scribe is deadly.
For Esmeralda, working as a scribe for the new Queen seems like the perfect opportunity to provide for her adopted family – and keep her promise to stop stealing. The castle is a haven away from the cutthroat streets of the slum and the grip of her powerful and abusive mother.
Until a horrific murder rocks the royal house, propelling two kingdoms to the brink of collapse and inevitable war.
While the nobles snap at each other’s throats, unseen forces silently build to the south and the northern border begins to disintegrate. To save her kingdom and her family, Esmeralda will need every trick she ever learned on the streets.
She must find the killer before heads roll, starting with her own.