Like many young ladies, Aren has a secret. People would kill for her secret.
Attending court at the palace was a sure way to be discovered, but Aren learned tricks no one expected. Court life gave Aren the opportunity to leave her father’s estate and set off on her own, if only she could keep hidden long enough to come of age.
There were two men who might have seen through Aren’s tricks, if they looked close enough. Aren set out to avoid them from the moment she arrived at the palace. One, the mate of the queen, was easy to avoid.
The other was Av, a warrior and the master of the palace grounds. Av noticed Aren without realizing what he saw, dragging the young lady into his training group without asking her name.
How well Aren’s tricks work are proven when she takes ill, yet are her downfall at the same time. Av notices her absence, but cannot put a description or name to the hole in his life, only a feeling. The master goes in search for the woman he had never noticed, not understanding why he is drawn to her. Continue reading