A red-eyed assassin, an unready princess, a sadistic politician, and an adulterous queen all desire the secret behind a magical dust known as safra. Safra is said to bring happiness, but these characters’ desperate attempts to obtain it will cost them all dearly. Their salacious and violent... read more
Dearen is the smallest kingdom of the Three Nations. But thanks to a joy-producing dust called safra, Dearen is also the wealthiest, most powerful, and safest kingdom on the continent. Consumers of safra remain joyful and euphoric for as long as they consume it, and safra can only be found in... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Dearen is the smallest kingdom of the Three Nations. But thanks to a joy-producing dust called safra, Dearen is also the wealthiest, most powerful, and safest kingdom on the continent. Consumers of safra remain joyful and euphoric for as long as they consume it, and safra can only be found in Dearen. Princess Fayr is about to learn the secret of making safra from her father--the last man alive who knows how--when he is killed by a red-eyed assassin known as a Wolven. Distraught, Princess Fayr must attempt to save her country while watching its safra supply slowly run out.
Meanwhile, the warrior country of Vikand hires another Wolven to succeed where the first failed. Sean Wolven must venture into Dearen and kill the last two members of the royal bloodline: Princess Fayr and her little brother, Kyne. A Vikand politician named Picard, who has been addicted to safra ever since his right arm became mauled in combat, uses cruel wiles to force Sean into an additional agreement: Sean must learn the secret of making safra from the Dearen royalty before he kills them. Sean has little choice but to cover his red eyes and approach Princess Fayr in the guise of a suitor.
King-wife Eleanor of the nation of Yamair worships reason and efficiency. She hates safra and all it stands for, so she visits the vulnerable Princess Fayr and announces her terms. But while she is Dearen, Eleanor tries safra for the first time and the experience changes her life forever. All four characters soon find themselves in a violent competition for power that brings all Three Nations to the brink of warfare. And little do they know, their scrambling efforts are being carefully watched by a much greater power: the gods behind the beguiling drug that ensnares them all.
Chapter 1 - The Joyful Curse
Chapter 2 - The Wolven Way
Chapter 3 - Metronome
Chapter 4 - Lenses
Chapter 5 - The List
Chapter 6 - Suitor
Chapter 7 - Eleanor’s Ultimatum
Chapter 8 - The Edge of Pain
Chapter 9 - Darius
Chapter 10 - Desire
Chapter 11 - Storm
Chapter 12 - Haze
Chapter 13 - Key
Chapter 14 - Merchant’s Message
Chapter 15 - Dungeons
Chapter 16 - Prisoner
Chapter 17 - The Logical Decision
Chapter 18 - Engagement
Chapter 19 - Wounds
Chapter 20 - Punishment
Chapter 21 – Wedding Day
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