THE YOUNG ELITES x Feudal Korea. Mirae possesses the ability to Switch places with her future self—for she is fated to destroy an enemy feared by even the gods. But when that enemy kidnaps her brother, she must decide if embracing her fate is worth placing her family in the blast radius of her violent destiny.
Mirae’s mother had been disappearing for as long as she could remember. It was a random, unpredictable affliction, or so Mirae was told. And yet her mother’s curse always seemed to know the worst possible times to take her away.
Like when her mother was riding the royal palanquin to the Temple of the Sacred Bone for the Ceremony of the Honorable Question. That was definitely a terrible time for the Queen of Silla to disappear. Worse, even, than when Mirae watched her mother’s mind leave her body in the middle of court, in front of True Bone royals who were ecstatic to witness a crack in their cousin’s powerful front. That had been very bad timing.
But this was a pretty close second.
Not that the Wonhwa warriors carrying them would notice—the weight of their queen remained the same. She still rested beside Mirae, sweating out her rosewater bath in the close quarters of the palanquin. But her face, crinkled with a smile moments before, had become as smooth as the red and gold silk of her ceremonial hanbok. She stared at the walls as if she could see through them, eyes glistening darkly like the jewels set into her hair. Mirae’s mother was in another place, seeing things that could be anywhere across the peninsula. Or across the world for all Mirae knew.
But at least she knew how to bring her mother back before anyone else found out she was gone.