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Rhosyn wasn't born to be High Priestess, but circumstances will make her one nonetheless. Only problem is, there's nothing in the world she wants less. She finds reprieve in the world of men, with the Frosts, who treat Rhosyn as one of their own. But nothing will ever be the same again when she meets a man from another part of the kingdom, Evrathedyn Blackrook.
Evra, the discarded second son of the Lord of the Westerlands, found his purpose in books—at least until both his father and elder brother perish, leaving him with to wear the mantle of the Westerlands. Problems within his homeland will send him traveling beyond it, to the Northerlands, where he'll meet Rhosyn, turning all his plans upside down.
As the beloved and only daughter of the Southerland Lord, Yesenia has three loves: kin, homeland, and independence. Romantic love is a weakness, she believes, one she's done well to avoid. But the one thing she cannot avoid is the king's decree that she marry her family's enemy—the second son of the terrible Quinlandens, who have stolen their gold and men.
Corin has always been content as the second son of Lord Quinlanden, happy to remain separate of the neverending scheming between his father and his older brother. His only desire is to marry a bride far away, where he can be free of their machinations. But when the king forces him into marriage with the daughter of his family's sworn enemy, everything he's ever known will be turned on its head.
Rhiain is the spoiled, sheltered daughter of a powerful man, who seemingly has everything—except her memory. A chance encounter with another powerful man leaves her weak in the knees, and more confused than ever, for Asterin Edevane claims to know what happened to her in the years missing to her. But his mysterious, mercurial behavior leaves her more confused than ever.
Asterin is the Reliquary's Dealer of the Old World, a procurer of old documents from languages long forgotten. He spends his days locked away in his private library or riding off to meet speculators offering more prizes for his collection. But behind his work lies a dark secret. One that he has no choice to confront when Rhiainach Skylark walks back into his life.
Siofra has lived her entire life in isolation, fearful of the dark magic she has never learned to restrain. She and her twin brother, orphaned young, have been the unwilling wards of terrible men. But then tragedy turns to opportunity when a peculiar man, Pesha, rides from across the kingdom to rescue them. It all sounds too good to be true, and it is, for the man behind their rescue, Desemir Trevanion, has something he wants in return.
Desemir lives in the shadow of his father's terrible legacy. Burdened by guilt he cannot assuage, he creates a found family of his own at Shadowfen Hall, a home he never leaves because of the growing list of enemies just beyond his lucrative forest. He needs a wife, but marrying within his peerage opens him up to a hostile takeover. What he needs is someone from far away... someone no one in Darkwood Run knows. Who he needs is the beautiful, bright orphan his brother has just brought home.
Imryll has spent her life in rocky isolation on the royal isle of Duncarrow, but dreams of freedom on the mainland. She secretly makes plans to leave but then her entire world is upended when she is selected as the prince's First Chosen—his chief royal concubine and future queen. Imryll has never felt more trapped, but soon, she'll experience another kind of freedom... one only a dark knight can offer.
Drazhan has spent the past decade training to avenge his family, who were slaughtered by the crown. His plan finally comes together when he wins the opportunity to serve as Princess Imryll's personal guardian. Ruining the future queen—to eliminate all hope for the crown's future—proves to be harder than he thought, for Imryll is far more than he ever bargained for.
Edriss is a young poison mistress who has always, despite living the life of a privileged highborn, been alone. The forgotten child of a mercurial, dangerous lord. Her one light in the darkness has always been Lorcan, her older brother's friend, and her protector.
Lorcan lives by a creed of honor and loyalty, which are both strengths and the very things keeping him from happiness. He would do anything in the world for Edriss, except the one thing they both want the most.
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