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From the bestselling author of The Bone Season, an epic high fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons-and the secret society tasked with stopping it.
A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years.
Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to ensure the continuation of her bloodline. But as she clings to her independence, assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has converted to the Six Virtues and risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she will never be truly at home in Inys. As she dutifully goes to the sanctuary each day, Ead keeps a watchful eye on the queen, protecting her with forbidden magic.
Yet even she cannot keep Sabran from harm indefinitely. Dragons are encroaching on Inysh lands for the first time in centuries, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and an age-old force is stirring that no mandate can keep at bay.
“A great imagination at work.” —People on THE BONE SEASON
“A dystopian thriller that delivers.” —Salon on THE BONE SEASON
“An amazingly rich and unruly underworld . . . Paige makes great strides as a memorable character.” —USA Today on THE MIME ORDER
“Shannon has continued to build on this imagined world with intricacy, and Paige's voice comes through to deliver a suspenseful story.” —The Washington Post on THE MIME ORDER
“Shannon now has proven staying power. Her fans will be calling for more.” —NPR.org on THE MIME ORDER