When a young apprentice makes a mysterious elixir from a recipe in an old book, she's suddenly the talisman for a daring Gamesman - and the weapon in the conspiracy against a prince.
Marra never heard of Birr Elixir. But when Drail sees the potion in her dead mistress's book, she agrees to make it. Even lacking the right ingredient.
And after drinking it, Drail and his men defeat a Skullan team - something no one has ever done before. Marra is offered a place as his traveling potions mistress. Full of doubts of her own ability, she takes the chance to escape her slave-like existence.
Then her potions woke a man who was not supposed to wake.
Now every day draws more attention from the True Masters. And their motives – and morals – are not for the faint of heart.
If they discover the truth … Winner of Silver Ippy Award
Agben had stood for a thousand years. A mysterious school housing more than students, it was the seat of the powerful Women of Agben, and the center for harnessing the potency of herbs. Few knew all that transpired within the walls.
And now Marra stood at its gate.
With friends and support stripped from her, the fragile life she’d built for herself now lay in tatters. And the source of this evil hunted her like a deer culled from the herd. The gateway before her was her only hope.
For as the city itself crumbled, all depended not on a prince trying to save his people, nor the valiant men who’d brought them this far. Everything depended on finding a magic powder in the vaults of Agben itself.
Everything depended on her.
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With King Bactor missing and tensions soaring between the races, Marra regretfully agrees to forgo her Agben studies and travel again with Drail. After one last task for the newly crowned monarch, Tryst.
But with war looming and the conspirators flown, Tryst himself must step into his father's shoes and save the empire and both its people. All roads lead to the mysterious Dim Continent.
Men are not welcome there, forbidden to travel the lands past the port city gate. Only one exception is made - for Gamesmen.
Unable to tell Marra where he's going, Drail must simple leave her behind.
Thus Marra agrees to an Agben task - a task no one outside the School suspects. A task that will take her to the interior of the Continent, to the heart of a century old plot to change the course of prophecy. To the center of a fight she doesn't know exists, among men she thinks an ocean away.