The breathless sequel to Danielle Rollins’s Stolen Time, billed by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake as “the kind of time-travel story I’m always on the lookout for.”
As far as Ash knows, Dorothy has disappeared. The stowaway from 1913, the girl who Ash maybe—possibly—could’ve loved: she’s gone. But what Ash doesn’t know is that the girl he fell in love with has become Quinn Fox—the very same person who is fated to kill him.
As Ash and his friends watch New Seattle fall to crime and decay, Quinn struggles to keep her hold on the bloodthirsty Black Cirkus. The two circle time and space, weaving strands of the past and present into a deadly knot.
When they finally collide, can they change the course of the future entirely?
Ben Scott, a reasonably typical American teen, unwittingly steps across a dimensional boundary into a magical world. There he meets Mizli, a lovely and exotically dusky young sprite and finds himself thrust suddenly into the middle of a deadly contest for supremacy between light and dark magic. Telling him that he is in the world of Bespri, Mizli explains that Bespri's Oracle has prophesied that magic is going to be turned toward the light magic of her country, Caldae, and away from the dark realm of Feyr.
Before he can absorb this mind-bending information, Ben is captured by agents of Feyr and taken to their powerful and charismatic Emperor who gives Ben an entirely different picture of the rivalry between the two realms. After a series of magical adventures in Feyr, Mizli's Camelot-like Caldae, and Earth, time runs out, and Ben must make a choice that will have a profound effect on the land of magic and his own family as well.
The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
While Emperor Kantab mobilizes his vast army to attack Caldae, Mizli decides to attempt to rescue Ben. After some timely advice from the mysterious Vedleese, she secretly leaves Caldae on the seemingly hopeless mission. And there’s more to Mizli’s plan. She will need Ben’s help in getting past squads of nearly invincible Imperial Dragoons to find a heavily-guarded prisoner and extract him from the Emperor’s Palace. If they succeed, they must take an even more desperate risk to prevent the ruthless Emperor from conquering both Mizli’s peaceful Caldae and Ben’s unsuspecting Earth.