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From the author of The City Beautiful comes a haunting fantasy following Toma, adopted daughter of the benevolent undead, as she crosses paths with the incognito Tsar in an empire on the verge of civil war between the lower class and the magical elite.
The Kosa empire roils in tension, on the verge of being torn apart by a proletarian revolution between magic-endowed elites and the superstitious lower-class, but seventeen-year-old Toma lives blissfully disconnected from the conflict in the empire with her adoptive family of benevolent undead.
When she crosses paths with Vanya, a charming commoner with awe-inspiring powers, and the usurped Tsar Mikhail himself, the unlikely trio bonds over trying to restore Mikhail’s magic and protect the empire from the revolutionary leader, Koschei, whose forces have stolen the castle. Vanya has his magic, and Mikhail has his title, but if Toma can’t dig deep and find her power in time, all of their lives will be at Koschei’s mercy.
"A heart-pounding adventure. Magic and monsters lurk in every corner as a headstrong trio search for their place in Aden Polydoros's haunting world." —Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights
"A dark and thrilling tale." — Kirkus Reviews
Content Warnings (list subject to change)
• On page murder and violence, including decapitation and gun violence
• Off page dismemberment
• Reference to the mutilation of corpses
• Religious and ethnic prejudice/oppression
• Death of a parent
Jacket Art & Title Design: Sultan Jumataev
3D Rendering: Stephen Niemeier
Art Direction: Gigi Lau