With the discovery of a new lead in Nimkoruguithu, Bren Warring is pulled back into the intrigue surrounding her father's death. After having a chance at a new life on Aethscaul Island, Bren hopes that all she'll have to do is solve another code, but it soon becomes clear that there is much more at stake than finding her father's last binder full of secrets.
When a devastating betrayal nearly costs Bren her life, trust becomes a treacherous commodity, and friends become suspects as the fight to bring down the Coventry moves from the jungle of the Colonies to the glittering ballrooms of high society on the Altyran Coalition continent.
Through it all, Bren must discover just how far she is willing to go to finish what her father started – and how much of herself she is willing to lose.
Brenorra Warring's father is going crazy. That's the only conclusion Bren can come to when a fire destroys everything they own, and his only answer is to take a job in the uncivilized Coalition Colonial Region on the other side of the ocean. Then disaster strikes at sea, and Bren is left with nothing but the clothes on her back, the things in her father's satchel, and the discovery that he was lying about his reasons for leaving. There are secrets hidden in his satchel, and someone powerful is willing to kill to keep those secrets hidden.
On the run, Bren makes an alliance of necessity with two very different men. The first is fighting to bring down the shadow organization stalking her, no matter the cost. The other is a brilliant but icy war hero who has been branded a wanted man by his commanding officers. Both are enemies in their own right, and both have their own reasons for finding Bren.
With danger rising on every side, Bren must find the strength to leave behind everything she has ever loved and forge ahead as someone she never imagined she would have to be, because whether she likes it or not, the freedom of thousands depends on her ability to keep her father's secrets.
In this spellbinding debut, Pennymaker cherry-picks the best of several genres, weaving a touch of steampunk flair through a wide-ranging political-thriller, with riveting sea battles and edge-of-your-seat action, richly imagined settings, and amazing characters.
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