The City of Talis is a fragile beacon of civilization on the edge of the Faërie Lands. Beyond lies a wilder world of dark enchantments and terrible wonders. Inside the city walls humans and faëries live together in uneasy peace—until an explosion rocks the city and long-smoldering tensions ignite.
As the Commandant of Police, Baron Hessing has maintained stability for decades. But with a murderer on the loose, an anarchist bombing the city, and rumors of a faërie uprising, he is losing control and may need to choose between saving his city and saving his family.
Into this maelstrom appears the Countess. Trained from birth for a single purpose—vengeance—she appears everywhere, from secret catacombs to the halls of power. Beset by enemies on all sides, it will take all her training to succeed in a city on the brink of revolution. Plans are in motion, centuries in the making, that will change the fate of Talis forever.