The first book in the trilogy.
Exiled from her birthright as a child, Brianna's only crime was to be born a necromancer in a world that mandates their execution. Rather than have his only child executed, her father, the King of Belmontis, entrusts his closest friend with her care and sends her away before claiming her death from illness.
Twenty years later, her father has been assassinated by her cousin, who now holds the throne, while Brianna is living anonymously in the Warrens of Mountainvale, the city's worst, most dangerous slums. Though she is unaware of the gathering threat beyond the borders of the country she might have ruled, a foreign necromancer is gathering his army to invade, starting with the city she now calls home. Having already taken a neighboring nation in just weeks, they have set their sights on wealthy Belmontis and only another necromancer can stop them.
When Garrett Morvan, Mountainvale's city commander, receives a royal command to arrest the necromancer hiding in his city and hold her until the King's representative can arrive, he's shocked to think such a foul creature might be lurking in his city. Only when his men finally bring her in, she's nothing like he imagined a necromancer would be. Instead of the mad hag he expected, she's young, beautiful, sarcastic and determined to escape his custody, one way or another....