Espionage and seduction—not skills Ilya honed to lead her people, but ones she'll need to free them. Held hostage by the emperor’s captain, Lucien, Ilya employs her wits and wiles to source information for a growing rebel movement. But Lucien isn’t the monster his fearsome helm depicts, and as Ilya unearths the truth about his beloved father-figure, the emperor, Lucien struggles with a reality more terrifying than the magical illusions he weaves. Each will have to determine where their hearts and loyalties lie—if the emperor doesn’t kill them first. A PROMISE OF FIRE meets THE BRIDGE KINGDOM.
Today, Mother would surrender the city-state of Sorrena to a tyrant. And me along with it.
The once salt-tinged breeze, turned putrid with the scent of smoke and death, ruffled my hair. Our city was burning. Our people, dying. Surrender was the only way to cease the carnage, but that didn’t mean I had to like it. Not when I’d be taken from the city I was born to lead.
My sandaled foot clicked against the marble floor, sharp staccato beats in time with the fury pumping through my veins.
“Stop that, Ilya,” Mother said from her high-backed seat at my side. She cut a hard glance up to me where I stood next to her on the dais, her dark eyes carefully devoid of emotion.
I pressed my lips together but nodded in return. The heir of Sorrena couldn’t appear nervous, furious, vengeful, or any of the other racing emotions churning within me. No, I had to be just as severe and resolute as my mother. Her back sat as straight and stiff as the cliffs that plunged into the sea. My fist tightened at my side, blocked from her view.
We’d lost, but I’d never let them conquer me.