She's only eighteen, yet scars cover her body.
Both hands are cut and bruised. One finger is broken.
Yet when she touches a keyboard, angels and demons collide.
She has only two cares: her music and her younger sister.
Because they're all she's got—
They give her life meaning.
Meet Charlotte Aegir, a gifted pianist, a troubled teen trapped in an abusive home with no way out—
Until she's offered the chance of a lifetime, a chance to save herself and her sister.
But little does she know that she's headed for River Vine, an enchanted land where an ancient race of predatory shapeshifters reside, and where protecting those she loves comes at the awful price of sacrificing everything she holds dear.
This is Charlotte's story: that turning point in her hard, young life before she awakens into the world of the Fallen Princeborn.
This is the sixth in a series of six short stories from the Tales of the River Vine collection to accompany the Fallen Princeborn Omnibus, by Jean Lee, an exciting new author of young-adult dark fantasy.