by Sharon G. Clark
The age of magic has been over for nearly three centuries; finalized with the War of Harmony. Even the Gods willingly melt into forgetfulness, letting mortal life grow as it would, for good or bad. Not all the gods had agreed unanimously. So, when a mortal man decides to release a banished god for his own purposes, nothing will ever be the same.
Kareina of Clan Gradyln has posed as her twin brother Karr (with the aid of minor forbidden magic) for over a decade, since Karr’s disappearance and Kareina’s kidnapping and torture. Even Caldier Hassid, her father, forgets her true gender. So, when Hassid agrees to a betrothal between Karr and Mayliandra, it’s up to Kareina to figure a way out of it. Meanwhile, someone has brought the old god T’Dar from the depths of Bahalkar to bring back the old ways of chaos.
Mayliandra of Clan Bredwine, about to be given to the fierce Sher Karr, doesn’t know if she should be happy for the opportunity to leave her home, where she’s nothing but a servant; or, petrified her future husband will learn her secret. Although Mayliandra intends to do her duty to her clan, she can’t help wishing Karr were his dead sister, Kareina.