King’s bastard Shianan Becknam buries himself in his military career to avoid the family which views him as a political liability. His position leaves him few trustworthy relationships, which is why he so values his budding friendship with state-employed mage Ariana, but their relationship is inhibited by his knowledge of her treasonous secret. When the artifact they hoped to use to end an inter-dimensional war is damaged, Ariana and her servant are trapped in the other side of the rift — and Becknam knows her cheery twelve-year-old servant boy is really one of the enemy, disguised as a human due to political troubles at home.
Becknam desperately wants to find a way to rescue Ariana, but he faces increasing dilemmas with his servant Luca, who has become his best friend: The family which first sold Luca into slavery now wants him back, but Luca doesn’t want to go home. Also, someone keeps trying to kill Becknam.
Now bastard, mage, and monster must set aside prejudices and rivalries to find an end to centuries of conflict, or they all die traitors’ deaths as their people’s wasted armies face off once more.
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