"The scroll and the lever will open the pass together..." Those were the words elf orphan, Zeno, heard in the niche behind the waterfalls.
A midling elf orphan on the streets of Cari City, Zeno keeps to the shadows and lives by a code given to her by her long-dead guardian. But when Zeno bites into a piece of bread given to her by an old beggar woman who's been trailing her, Zeno finds an ancient coin of the elven mages long killed off by the Darkthreal Queen.
Even stranger, an earth mage, Revien, springs forth from the coin in all of his green splendor and tells Zeno he is there to serve only her, the old beggar is really a warrior mage named Faely'n, and she is more than just a street wretch--she is the way to finding five keys to five cross pieces and restoring the five kingdoms.
Strangest of all is the scroll Zeno eats to reveal a cryptic message of the five cross pieces and use the halo of light around her hands as a guide to locate the first key. Uncertainty takes hold, until Zeno is attacked and poisoned by the Queen's flying henchmen and left Zeno in a state of delirium with dreams and memories far too sinister to be real. She now has no choice but to seek the cross pieces and find a way to restore the five kingdoms.
Unable to tell her dreams and memories apart, reality from fantasy, Zeno, Revien, and Faely'n are left to battle her mind and the Queen at every dangerous turn as the poison eats away at Zeno. Arriving at their first destination is only half the battle.
Finding a cure to keep Zeno alive means everything.
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