She doesn't need swords or daggers to do her job; a man will drop dead with just her body and her kiss.
Raised as a Vishya of the Miria empire, Belladonna is a living, breathing, weapon. The poison flowing within her veins has resigned her to a fate that she cannot escape; a fate plagued by pain, killing and her inevitable death.
Sent on her first and only mission, Belladonna is prepared to complete it flawlessly. Kill the target, and she will be free. She's just one of the many pawns the Mirian Queen uses in her deadly game of chess, a pawn sacrificed in order to take down her enemies- a duty-bound slave of the empire. But if she succeeds, she will escape that life.
Presented as a token of friendship, Belladonna is brought to the empire of Aspes to assassinate Miria's greatest threat: the young King Nikolaos.
She submits to him and she seduces him. She kisses him, and she let's her blood flow into him. She lets her poison enter his system, she should succeed.
But she doesn't.
Now a prisoner of Aspes, Belladonna finds herself confined within the borders of unfamiliar lands, surrounded by the people she's always known as the barbarians of the West. The king of the barbarians is cruel yet kind, strong yet weak, cold yet warm- a walking contradiction.
She is given a choice: to serve him, or to die.
Now on a path much different from what she's known her whole life, Belladonna must fight against old comrades, former allegiances, and most importantly, fate.
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