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It's time to shatter an empire - the successful high fantasy series that keeps readers on the edge of their seat...The first book in New York Times bestselling author Terah Edun's sweeping fantasy saga now available in hardcover with a new look to match the tales of adventure and romance, magic and secrecy woven into a phenomenally unique and captivating fantasy world.Seventeen-year-old Ciardis Vane grew up in a small village on the edge of the realm. Beautiful, destitute, and desperate she is looking to get out any way she can. She has worked her whole live as a laundress with no hope of escaping her fate anytime soon.But then Ciardis's life changes when a strange woman appears with the key to Ciardis's escape. With an offer to take her to the capital and a life she'd never dreamed of, it's hard to resist. There's only one catch.She wants Ciardis to become a companion: she'll be required to wear expensive dresses, learn to conduct suitable magic, educate herself on court proclivities, and - in the end - chain herself to the highest bidder. A Patron for life.Ciardis knows that this is her one opportunity to change her life.But what she does not know is that she will soon be at the heart of intrigues and power struggles, and that her new life in luxury demands a high price, perhaps even the life of a prince.