The most important rule for an Apprentice Consul is simple: Don’t get involved with daemons. Well, Piper is planning to break that rule — big time.After a near-deadly scandal with the Sahar Stone, she has the chance to return to the only life she’s ever wanted. All she has to do to keep her Apprenticeship is forget about Ash and Lyre. Ash might be enigmatic and notoriously lethal, and Lyre might be as sinfully irresistible as he is irritating, but they’re not bad for a couple of daemons.There’s just one problem: Ash is missing.Really, she shouldn’t risk her future for him. He lied. He betrayed her. But he also saved her life, damn it. Wherever he is, he’s in trouble, and if she doesn’t save his sorry butt, who will? But with every dangerous secret she unravels, each one darker than the last, she slips deeper into Ash’s world — a world with no escape for either of them.
Well, she wasn’t expecting a group of crazy radicals to burn her home to the ground and take her prisoner.The Gaians, a.k.a. the crazy radicals, plan to rid Earth of daemons and they need Piper’s help. As if she would help them obliterate the very Consulate system she grew up in, but in exchange for her cooperation, they promise her the answer to all her problems: magic. With her own magic, she could reclaim her apprenticeship, the only future she’s ever wanted. But her magic comes at price—it could kill her.If she can’t find a way to stop the Gaians’ plans, they’ll destroy everything she’s ever known. If she doesn’t help them, she’ll lose her last chance at everything she’s ever dreamed of. But the greatest danger of all lies within her, and it could very well be the one thing she can’t survive.