From the the world over bestselling creator of The Bone Season, a trailblazing, epic high fantasy about a world on the point of war with dragons–and the women who should lead the fight to reserve it.
A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth should conceive a daughter to give protection to her realm from destruction–but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Despite the fact that she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead assists in keeping a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to choose that could see her life resolve.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.