The Bone Cage
A girl with blood on her hands. A prince with thorns in his heart. The fates have chosen their victims.
Every child knows the story of Etta Merrow. Three hundred years ago, she established a glorious empire of magic, unifying the warring city-states of Achera under her gentle hand. Festivals commend her, kings strive to be her, and the people rally against tyranny in her name. But chained to the underworld, the real Etta knows she was little more than a monster. But when she's stolen from the underworld, she finds fate still has a role for her to play.
Every child knows of Adrian de Corvo, the coward prince, the dying failure. Haunted by a trail of murderers and plagued by the whisperings of ghosts, he trades love, life, and happiness for the deathly lure of a family curse. He sits in silence as revolution fills the streets, the blood-filled shadows of his past leaving only nightmares. But with dark magic rising on the horizon, heroes must be made from monsters if the world is to survive.
For nine thousand years, the three fates have been chained to mankind. They long for the end of the world with the fervor of madmen and craft a dark plot in the shadows of their looms.
A resurrected empress is molded to darkness.
A desperate prince is forced to the light.
Revolution will rage.
Cities will fall.
The world will burn.
[formally Heart of Thorns]
Highest rank #112 in fantasy 12/7/17
Cover by zero-infinity