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Varian Ramiusson is used to scorn and ridicule, even if he is a prince. His parentage—son of the lowlander king and a highlander noblewoman—is almost enough to get him killed by either side. After all, how could the product of two warring countries be loyal to anyone?
His father kept him safe, but now his father is dead, assassinated—and everyone assumes the highlanders are responsible. Varian’s half-brother, Jevran, has just ascended the throne and is torn between keeping an uneasy truce or avenging his father’s death.
Varian himself is torn. He wants to support his brother, but Jevran is hiding things—answers that Varian has been searching for regarding the war and his own life. Not only that, but his desire for peace has the nobles looking askance at his loyalty. The royal counselor, Danilos, seizes every opportunity to make Varian look like a traitor.
It doesn’t help when he’s caught aiding a wounded highlander.
Varian runs for the highlands, where he’s cautiously welcomed and expected to fight in the battle the highlanders are sure is coming. And even though he initially refuses to fight, Varian’s quest for peace and answers is pushing him toward the path he swore he’d never take: choosing sides in a conflict that threatens to level the two countries forever.