The King of Limeross son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful fathers trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying secret about her heritage that will change everything.
Rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished - and finds himself the leader of a peoples revolution centuries in the making.
Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power-struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.
(From the Teen Fantasy and Science Fiction shelf.)