Born a freak.
Betrayed by her mother.
Forced from her home.
Seven years after narrowly escaping enslavement, half-hawk, half-woman Mariah has finally found some peace, people who love her, and an isolated home safe in the kingdom of Cillian.
But she’s never come to terms with who she is. Clearly not human, she’s not Ceo San either, chosen of the gods, able to shift from human to animal form at will, and the target of the king of Varidian.
When Xae, a fifteen-year-old raven Ceo San, shows up, self-acceptance becomes the least of Mariah’s worries. The fellow refugee is determined to return to Varidian to save the family he left behind, and Mariah’s adopted grandmother insists that she help the boy on his suicide mission.
But how can she expose herself, risk the freedom for which she paid so dearly?
With the lives of two little girls in the balance, fate and a strange magic she doesn’t understand set Mariah on a path toward confrontation with the dangerous elements she has spent her entire life trying to escape.