After willingly offering herself in exchange for the safety of her friends, Mare is a prisoner of the boy king, Maven. Maven, messed up as he is, has an obsession with Mare. In his own broken way, he wants her, and even needs her with him. But that does not keep her from suffering. Forced to live with her powers stripped from her, Mare lives in isolation, used as a mouthpiece to deliver false information to the kingdom of Norta concerning the Scarlet Guard.
Meanwhile, Cal, the exiled prince still stuck within the Scarlet Guard, is trying desperately to find a way to rescue Mare. Finally, after months (and hundreds of pages into the book), the Scarlet Guard succeeds. But the damage he has inflicted on her is not easily forgotten, and Mare knows that she still has a part to play in Maven’s downfall.
The great Silver houses are now in opposition. Some still stand with King Maven, others are ready to see an end to his reign. The Scarlet Guard, having won a few victories already, are stronger than ever. These Reds and newbloods will see the boy king destroyed.
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