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Heart of the Empire
Seventeen-year-old Lilik is gutterborn and sick of it. Done groveling to the tyrannical trader class and watching her family suffer, she is ready to be a hero. And the opportunity has finally arrived. Lilik’s nation is under siege by brutal sea tribes. But there is hope: on a distant volcanic island, a months-long night has fallen. Powerful magic gathers in the island’s dark. Lilik bluffs her way aboard an expedition and plunges into the dark.
Shortly after landfall, disaster strikes the expedition. Marooned in the oppressive dark, Lilik’s shipmates succumb to primal fears, turning on each other. To survive, Lilik must evade the savages, unravel the island’s ancient secrets, and master her own, innate magic before it drives her mad.
Words have power--everyone knows that. What few realize is the power that lies in silence.
Incapable of speech, Leesa lived in isolated silence for sixteen years. But now she’s met Eron. Through an inexplicable ability, her beloved can hear her thoughts. A member of a clandestine renegade group, Eron plans to free their city from tyranny. Unfortunately, when Leesa’s mistake exposes him, Eron is thrown in prison for life.
Leesa will do anything to free her beloved. But when disquieting magic, backstabbing politics, and a shocking murder complicate her quest, she may face the same fate as Eron. Or worse, the gallows.