After her victory over Master Grey, Emily wants nothing more than
to relax and give herself time to recover from the duel. Her magic,
pushed to the limits, is no longer reliable, forcing her to learn to
control it from scratch. Every time she delays using her magic, she
risks headaches ... or worse. But she must return to Whitehall to
complete her fourth-year exams and bid farewell to those of her
friends who are not returning for fifth year. And then, she must
return to Zangaria to play her role in Princess Alassa's wedding to
Jade. It seems, if nothing else, a brief diversion before she goes
off on a tour of the Allied Lands.
But all is not well in Zangaria and the kingdom is fast approaching a major crisis. Junior aristocrats are demanding their rights and titles from the king, while King Randor himself is dangerously unstable and hiding a secret that could spark off a civil war ... and the peasants are threatening to revolt. Emily herself is isolated, unsure how to balance her obligations to her closest friends with her belief in freedom, justice and democracy.
And, as Emily finds herself used as a political pawn by the different sides in the growing dispute and no longer sure who she can trust, she may find herself confronting a choice between doing the right thing, regardless of the cost...
...And losing everything she's built over the past four years.
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