In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.… (more)
The strong have done what they could. Now the weak will suffer what they must.
For Nzinga of Ndongo, Gudit, and Running Eagle. For the Trung Sisters and Teuta. For Emilia Plater, Razia Sultana, and Vishpala. For Jeanne d’Arc and Boudicca and on and on and on. Women, red in tooth and claw.
Heloise took her father’s hand, squeezing it hard. Samson’s eyebrows lifted as he squeezed hers back.
And though it seemed a strange thing to do after all that had happened, Heloise smiled.