The serial epic continues!
Who plays god in a godless world? Man? Or Fate?
The Sons of Balthanon have failed to kidnap Sumei, Queen of the Jade Heavens. Instead, Harker Aldreth, Unfated rogue and digger after lost treasures, finds himself in possession of the greatest treasure in the world. Her ransom will make him rich beyond his wildest dreams . . . if only he can figure out how to smuggle Sumei back to the Fateless Lands.
Sumei has other plans, though. She doesn’t see Harker as her captor, but as a wretched soul in desperate need of her guidance. As they bicker over questions of Fate, freedom, and how to survive in a hellish, arid waste, they soon learn that neither knows the answers.
Meanwhile, Harker’s sister Sudden wrestles with a wild and capricious power that can not only nullify, but destroy, Fate itself. And Trantz Nurayanan, the warrior who killed her parents, suffers the consequences of Sudden’s revenge: he is now free—Unfated, like her—the last thing he ever wanted.
Their lives in tatters, these four souls struggle to find new faith as the Unfated and Blessed careen toward a conflict that threatens to sweep all humanity into an abyss of mutual destruction.
Sometimes faith is rewarded—and sometimes not.