Once upon a time, there was a noble huntress who fell for an evil queen…
Once a huntress blessed by the gods, Zahria has since become a murderer without honor. She loses herself in wineskins, paying a private penance for the sins she’s committed in her royal lover’s name. But the kingdom she can’t escape has no use for drunken cowards.
When the queen’s secret menagerie of exotic birds breaks free from the palace, revealing themselves as the reclusive shape-shifting clansmen who dwell within the Unforeseen Forest, the queen demands Zahria do the unthinkable:
Kill the forest-made beasts plaguing the realm, then destroy the cursed forest itself.
A sin, in the eyes of Zahria’s gods, for which there would be no redemption.
But Zahria is weary and has lost too much. All she wants is to return to her homeland after a century of secrets and lies. With a heart long past the point of breaking, fulfilling the queen’s task could mean her freedom at last.
How can Zahria resist such a bargain?