Providence: Book One
Rio is a timid, antisocial 14 year old girl, she has normal wants, normal likes, and normal hobbies, but there is one thing about her that is definitely not normal. Rio is the Megami no Shimo Be, the human proxy of the Goddess of Pestilence. Her touch is poisonous, and without the help of her sacred beads she kills everything she touches. For her entire life she has been kept within the grounds of the Tsukishiro Shrine, never allowed to leave and only able to speak with her family, and the Nakano children, eight year old Suzu who is the closest thing that Rio has to a friend, and Naoki Nakano, Suzu's 16 year old brother who resents Rio both for her command over him, and her cowardess.
When the new Emperor brands Rio's family as mutinous and has her shrine burned, she escapes with Suzu and Naoki. But there is danger everywhere she looks, including inside herself.
Book one of the Providence Quartet
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